About the

Carbondale Historical Society

The Mt. Sopris Historical Society (MSHS)  was chartered in 1984, by a group of concerned  citizens, some of them descendants of original homesteading families, who felt an urgent need to preserve the historical assets and heritage of the Crystal River Valley. Recently the organization changed its name to the Carbondale Historical Society to better reflect our main focus and make it easier to find us online.

CHS own and operates the Historic Log Cabin and the Old Jailhouse and is the steward of the Thompson House Museum. CHS owns and cares for the contents of the Thompson House Museum and other artifacts and archives donated by the community. CHS also maintains a research library comprised of local history books, newspaper articles, memoirs, photos and recorded narratives.  

"The past reminds us of timeless human truths and allows for the perpetuation of cultural traditions that can be nourishing; it contains examples of mistakes to avoid, preserves the memory of alternatives ways of doing things, and is the basis for self-understanding..." 
~Bettina Drew

Our Mission

To preserve and communicate the rich, enduring story of  the people drawn to live in the Roaring Fork and Crystal River Valleys. 

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Our Board


Stephen Shapiro

Vice President

Sue Gray


Bill Hofto


Dorothea Farris

Volunteer Coordinator

Marge Palmer

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