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High Country Speaker Series concludes April 1 with local author Mary Ellen Gilliland

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Mary Ellen Gilliland, a local historian, storyteller, hiking enthusiast and author, has written 16 books and nearly 200 magazine and newspaper articles. She will speak as part of the High Country Speaker Series on Friday, April 1.
Steven C. DeWitt Jr. | Special to the Daily |

If you go …

What: “Hiking Through History,” with local author Mary Ellen Gilliland, the final presentation of the 2016 High Country Speaker Series.

When: 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 1.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon.

Cost: Free, $10 suggested donation.

More information: To learn more about the High Country Speaker Series visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/hcss.

AVON — When it comes to really knowing a place, we can generally look to historians, storytellers or people who have spent time really experiencing all a place has to offer. Enter Mary Ellen Gilliland, author of numerous articles and books, including the “trail bibles” for this area, “The Vail Hiker” and “The Summit Hiker,” as well as histories of the gold rush in Summit County and the scoundrels who helped develop the Central Rockies.

The public is invited to come at 5:30 p.m. on Friday to Walking Mountains Science Center to listen as Gilliland is welcomed back to the Eagle Valley. The event is expected to be a sidesplitting history lesson on our very special place. Gilliland’s presentation, “Hiking Through History,” will be a humorous and fun-filled way of learning about the history of our place through tales from the trail and stories of the shenanigans by those who traversed the trails before us.

About Gilliland



Gilliland, a local historian, storyteller, hiking enthusiast and author, has written 16 books and nearly 200 magazine and newspaper articles. She is a popular speaker for convention and community groups and has presented to more than 100 audiences.

Her recent work, “Breckenridge: 150 Years of Golden History,” celebrates a century and a half of Breckenridge history. It chronicles new information on gold discovery days and details the early days of skiing to carry through the post-mining years of the folksy 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, up to today.

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An avid hiker, the just-published 10th revision update of her in-demand “The Summit Hiker” guidebook includes all new photos and maps, plus a number of trail alterations. Gilliland and husband, Larry, have lived in the Colorado high country, in both Vail and Summit County, for 46 years. She is the mother of Sheliah and Matt, both born in the mountains, and the grandmother of three.


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