Who we areThe S.H.S (Sunshine Historical Society) board of directors, manages the use, repair, maintenance, and care of the Sunshine School and Cemetery. The board is made up of residents and former residents who volunteer time to oversee these historic treasures. Events are often scheduled to raise money to support the funds needed to Maintain these vital icons of our community. Some past events have included community potlucks, craft and art fairs, holiday parties, halloween carnival and hayride, square dancing lessons, disco/reggae night, just to name a few.
Sunshine School HouseThe Sunshine School house was Built in 1900. This historic building replaced the first school that tragically burned in 1876 and was torn down. The school was used as a school for the mining community until 1943, when mining had to cease due to war efforts at which time it remained vacant until the Wittemyer family donated it to the Historic Society in 1969.
School House UseThe school can be rented by residents for private functions such as weddings, parties, and other uses (subject to board approval) at a nominal fee that offsets costs such as insurance, utilities, and maintenance.
FEES: $75.00 per day
Renters are required to sign a contract containing the rules and regulations around use, decorating, cleaning, and any damage that may occur.
Sunshine CemeteryThe sunshine cemetery is located on private property and was established in 1875 to serve the residents of Sunshine who started to arrive in 1874 in search of gold. Mining accidents, disease, and infant deaths were the first graves in this historic location. See pages 9 - 11 for burial records.
A 5' x 10' plot for up to six family members are currently available at $500.00/plot. To obtain a plot, families must have lived in the SFPD for ten years, or more. The sites available are only available for cremated remains due to space limitations and geological bedrock. There are some criteria around headstones but the board is very open to proposals that include things like benches, and memorial markers.
Current residents who have purchased plots but still need to choose locations may meet with the cemetery custodian to see what is available.
Sunshine HistorySunshine is just West of Boulder and has a deep history of a community based on the mining that went on in this area. The historic school house and many historic homes are still standing, and there are also foundations of historic buildings including the hotel. Please take a look at our map of the historic structures and history of this mining town. In addition to this map, June Peterson Howard wrote the book "Stories of Sunshine" featuring rich history and one of our Sunshine residents, Forest Jones.
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