As we approach Stratton’s 50th anniversary year, The Stratton Archives Collection is pleased to have three displays of Stratton memorabilia at the resort. In addition to the window display across from Partridge in the Pantry, there is an exciting new display in the Stratton 50th Anniversary studio, with many items on loan from the Archives Collection, as well as many individuals. The 50th Anniversary Studio is located a few doors down from the Stratton Foundation office, in Stratton Village and visitors are welcome most afternoons during ski season or by appointment. Photographs, posters, trophies, signs, and a myriad of items, large and small, from Stratton‘s colorful 49 year history are on display for all to enjoy. Additional items from the Archives Collection are featured the Bears Den window display in the base lodge. Archive coordinator Kimet Hand, maintains extensive files by decade of Stratton’s history, as told through annual reports, documents, letters, photographs, ski ball programs, and back copies of the Stratton Magazine from its early days as the “Stratton Spectator” through the present day four color award winning quarterly.
The Archives Collection has been blessed with some significant donations over the years. Items from the Snyder and Henrich families, in addition to Ski Patrolman Vic Szymanski’s large Stratton collection, help to tell the story of the almost fifty years of the Stratton Mountain Resort.
The late Rick Hube, one of the founding board members of the Stratton Foundation and a collector of all things Stratton, donated his Stratton hat collection numbering over 50 Stratton logo hats and caps from the 70’s 80’s and 90’s. Additionally Rick shared his wonderful collection of framed Stratton posters marking such memorable events as the Volvo and Acura Tennis, McCall’s LPGA tournaments, as well as early Stratton skiing posters and trail maps.
Alois and Adriane Lechner and Otto and Toni Egger, longtime Stratton Ski School personalities have shared numerous items from their own collections of Stratton memorabilia, including the highly prized base lodge Austrian shields and even a dirndl!
No discussion of the Stratton Archives collection would be complete without a tip of the hat to Hubert Schriebl, Stratton’s longtime photographer. Hubert continues to capture the people, events and scenery at Stratton with his remarkable photos. The Stratton Archives Collection is extremely grateful for his many photographs. Hubert is hard at work on his new book Fifty Years at Stratton, A Visual History, which will be available by pre-order in the Stratton 50th Studio, for delivery in fall 2011. Additionally, a collection of five early Stratton posters created by Hubert and re-issued to celebrate the 50th will be offered in a limited edition, with a percentage donated to the Stratton Foundation.