Who is Dr. Sandra F. Pritchard Mather?

Sandra “Sandie” F. Pritchard Mather earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1964 and a Master of Education in Geography in 1968 from West Chester State College. She continued her education at the University of Oregon, earning a PhD in Geography in 1982. Her dissertation, “Geographical Landscape Changes to Summit County, Colorado, from 1859 to the Present, An Historical Geography”, introduced her to the variety of topics in her subsequent publications.

Sandie taught second grade in the college’s Laboratory School before accepting a position in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences teaching geology, meteorology, and geomorphology on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Upon her retirement from West Chester State College in 1999, she received the designation Professor Emerita.

Over the years she has published twenty books about Summit County, some in conjunction with Breckenridge History (formerly Breckenridge Heritage Alliance) and the Frisco Historic Park and Museum. Sandie received the Theobald Award in 2013 in recognition of her work in preserving the history of Breckenridge and encouraging heritage tourism. She also served as President of the Summit Historical Society in Dillon.