Spend the final days of summer at the Hamill House. HGI has been busy interpreting history, writing grants, partnering and hosting fundraisers for the restoration fund.
As we reported earlier, the parlor ceiling in the Hamill House is being held up by scaffolding due to a structural issue. Unfortunately we are not sure when we will be able to do the expensive restoration that is required to fix that problem, but that has not stopped HGI from doing the things it does best, including taking visitor’s on tours of the old gal.
Held up by Scaffolding
Fundraising for the Hamill House Restoration fund has been utmost on our list of priorities. To date this summer HGI hosted two First Friday Lawn Parties, with one more to come Friday, in August and two Georgetown Horse Drawn Wagon Tours, with one left to come the first Saturday of August. All of the profits of First Fridays and Horse Tours go to the restoration fund.
HGI has also been busy partnering with the soon to be opened Georgetown Heritage Center’s Cultural Arts Program and The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in curating an exhibit for the month of September titled “Crazy Quilts, the Pride of Victorian Womanhood.” The Georgetown Heritage Center is housed in the 1874 Georgetown schoolhouse.
Possibly the oldest brick school building in Colorado, The old schoolhouse functioned as an active school until 1938 when it was purchased by a private individual who used it for storage
and a machine shop, even demolishing part of one side
of the building for trucks to drive in.
In 2007, the Georgetown Trust for Conservation and
Preservation purchased the property and applied for
grants to help restore the beauty of the fading landmark.
The restoration on the exterior of the structure began as soon as funding was available. While the character defining exterior-features of the school were plain to see, decisions about the interior were equally critical. The Heritage Center will house the local history archive maintained by the Clear Creek County Library and the Cultural Arts Program whose mission is to demonstrate, teach, and exhibit traditional folk arts and their modern adaptations, as well as provide cultural programming that was practiced and enjoyed by the diverse groups who created Georgetown during the 19th century mining boom. Programs include local, regional, and visiting artists/musicians, traditional crafts, fine arts and houses a music/drama performance space on the second floor.
August 1: Historic Carriage Rides Through Georgetown
Enjoy a leisurely carriage ride through town as you learn the history of the Silver Queen of the
Rockies. Historic Houses, Events, and Places will be shown on your route. In addition the ride,
you will be able to tour the beautiful Hamill House as part of the tour.
August 7: First Friday Victorian Lawn Party
Come to the Hamill and enjoy a Victorian Lawn Party. No summer would be complete without playing lawn games on the Hamill property. Games include croquet, and ladder ball. In addition to games, a face painting station along with Hamill House tours. There will also be a drawing at the end of the night. Wine/Beer bar along with hors de ouvers will be served. Each ticket includes one drink ticket. Come down to our last First Friday of 2015. All are welcome.
August 28: Past Moving Forward Benefit Auction, Wine Pull and Picnic Benefit for the Hamill House Museum,
Proceeds go to the restoration fund.
Be a part of historic preservation and have a great time while you’re at it! HGI is hosting an auction and picnic at the Hamill House Museum on August 28th. Enjoy an evening of live entertainment, food, a chance to win great items and a special Wine Pull in which everyone is a winner. Enjoy the majestic beauty of one of the most well-preserved Victorian towns in America from the grounds of the Hamill House Museum.
$20 per Ticket, $35 per couple, Children are Free. Ticket includes a drink from out Wine/Beer
Bar. Additional Drinks are $5. Auction proceeds go to the further restoration of the Hamill House.
September 6-27, Saturday and Sunday, Exhibit: Crazy Quilts, the Pride of Victorian Womanhood Curated by the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in collaboration with HGI.
Crazy Quilts: The Pride of Victorian Womanhood