Grand County libraries: Get the local scoop on history, events, activities
August 1, 2008
New to Grand County? Or have you lived here for years but haven’t yet taken the time to completely explore the all of the rich history, geography, and recreation available to you here?
If you want the scoop on local news, history and happenings, there’s no better place to find it than @ Your Library.
The details of local history abound in all five branches of the Grand County Library District from Kremmling to the Fraser Valley.
Maps, hiking books, guide books and great reference material on the Internet is also available. And that’s not mentioning the ready availability of local newspapers and magazines @ Your Library.
Of course, perhaps the best sources of the local scoop are the employees who work @ Your Library. Ask. You’ll see.
At the Juniper Library at Grand Lake, Barbara Heffron said programs like Pat Raney’s history walks in the town or Jim Feucht’s mountain gardens programs provide excellent sources on the intimate and detailed local scoops in those areas.
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“We also have a variety of books relating to how to do things in the mountains ” hiking trails, kayaking tips, high altitude baking, and more,” she said. “And there are the local history books for adults and kids.”
For visitors or locals, even, who might feel lost sometimes in the massive expanse of Grand County, local libraries can help people get their bearings.
Edie Strate, Adult Services Librarian for the Juniper Library at Grand Lake, said, there’s a “good variety” of local maps, including the Grand Lake Town Map, the Three Lakes Area map, a Winter Park and Fraser Valley Mountain Bike Trail Guide.
The library, like others in the county, also has plus the 911 address atlas for Grand County in the reference section. This is probably the best guide to addresses and homes in the county.
The Hot Sulphur Springs Library, like other libraries in the county, has excellent local history books on hand such as the biography of “Mark Fletcher,” by Robert Peterson and Eloise Fletcher Rusk. Fletcher was the Sherriff of Grand County for many decades in the early 1900s.
Hot Sulphur Springs Branch Librarian Lynn Shirley also knows who knows many detailed local facts when it comes to history. She can also refer people to a respected local resource, Donald Dailey.
Julie Horn, Adult Services Librarian at the Granby Library, said people wanting important local information for outdoors activities can find a virtual treasure trove at the Granby Library.
“We have several area-specific guides for hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, Indian Peaks, and northern Colorado,” she said. “Our reference section contains biking and hiking trail maps, and we have books which include local guides for the hut-to-hut system, Nordic and snow-shoe trails, and my favorite, Deborah Carr and Lou Ladrigan’s backcountry guide.”
She said the library also has books for those looking for more relaxed activities such as field guides for birds and wildflowers, as well as rock hounding and animal tracking books.
Granby Library’s Branch Librarian Stephanie Ralph said the online and digital resources for the local scoop on history or current events is extensive. These are available at all the libraries.
“Our online resources at gcld.org provide access to the Grand County History website. Here, there is a wealth of information on the people, places and communities that shaped our past,” she said. “This is also a good place to look for photographs of local historical interest. Also online at gcld.org is access to the Colorado Digitization Collection. The user can browse through Heritage Colorado for digitized historic photographs, Colorado’s Historic Newspaper Collection, Colorado’s Main Streets for historical architecture and Western Trails for Indian Trails, Explorer Trails and Military Trails.
She adds that the libraries carry current editions of local and regional newspapers.
“Part of the Collaborative Digitization Program is Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection, also available online at gcld.org,” she said. “Newspapers from 1859 to 1923 in many different regions of the state are available for search. It is very simple and fun to use.
“For those interested in detailed research, Granby Library has a microfilm machine with local newspaper records dating back to The Grand Lake Prospector in 1882. This is an invaluable resource for those wishing to track down a particular topic or family history.”
Suzie Royce Cruse, Assistant Librarian at the Fraser Valley Library, also uses and refers the hiking and backcountry snowshoeing books available in the Fraser Valley Library.
“A surprisingly exceptional resource is so available at the library is the Grand County Atlas on CD,” Cruse said. “The hard copy is also available for quick reference. Even locals would find valuable information using this resource.”
Kathy Mikol, Branch Librarian at the Fraser Valley Library, enjoys using and referring
books and resources that focus on local history.
“The Fraser Valley Library has a wide range of materials that cover both Grand County as whole and the Fraser Valley in particular,” Mikol said. “We also have a many issues of the Grand County Historical Association Journal, which cover everything from personal accounts of the journey over Berthoud Pass in the 1800s to skiing in Middle Park from 1859 to 1950.
“In addition, the library houses a retrospective collection of The Winter Park Manifest as well as numerous newspaper clippings. Patrons can learn about the former WWII Prisoner of War Camp, which was located near the current library building, as well as President Eisenhower’s many fishing trips to the Fraser River. These are only a few of the variety of local history resources available at the Fraser Valley Library.”
Of course, another great resource at your library is your librarian. Many library staff members have lived in Grand County for years and may know the way to that unmarked trail, historic site, or even just a great place to have lunch. So don’t forget to ask your librarian for information about what’s happening in your community.
It’s obvious, if you want the local scoop on history, activities or current events, you can find it @ Your Library.
Some titles that might interest local
history buffs in the Fraser Valley include:
“Winter Park, A Colorado Favorite for Fifty Years, 1940-1990,” by the Winter Park Recreational Association.
“Doc Susie: The True Story of a Country Physician in the Colorado Rockies” by Virginia Cornell.
“Ski Lode Millers Idlewild Inn: Adventures in Snow Business,” by Virginia Miller Cornell.
“Island in the Rockies,” by Robert C. Black
“Fraser Valley Memoirs,” by Robert K. Peterson.
“Mark Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Western Sheriff,” by Robert K.
“Snows of Yesteryear,” by Robert K. Peterson.
“Tillie Remembers: 90 Years in the Mountain West,” by Leota Gingery.
“To Think That This Happened in Grand County!” by Abbott Fay.
“I Remember Fraser,” by Gertrude Hollingsworth.
“Enterprise at Fraser,” by Frank A. Eastom.
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