Loveland Museum Gallery

The Loveland Museum/Gallery accepts donations of items to be used in our history exhibits. If you have an item that you would like to donate, please contact our Curator of History, Jennifer Cousino(970) 962-2413, for more information.

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Mary-BlairRECENT DONATION

The Summer 2016 edition of AHA! featured our new off-site collection storage space. One of the happy consequences of a large off-site facility is that we now have more room to collect items significant to Loveland’s history.

I’d like to share a recent acquisition – ten boxes of documents and objects from the descendants of Mary Blair. Mary was born in College Springs, Iowa and moved to Loveland with her parents in 1881. After attending college in Iowa, she began teaching at Stove Prairie (above Masonville) and then at Lone Tree (southwest of Loveland) before entering the Loveland school system.

Mary taught 7th grade at Lincoln School, built in 1908 (the current Walgreen’s site at Hwy 34/Lincoln Avenue). She later served as principal, and in 1941, retired from her 50-year teaching career.

On what would have been her 100th birthday, Mary Blair Elementary School was dedicated in her memory.

We are very fortunate that her descendants took such good care of her collection. Unpacking the objects, a few of which are pictured on this page, will be a continuous journey of discovery.

~ Susan Ison, Cultural Services Director

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