Telluride Historical Museum and ONE Telluride: final Fireside Chat, 8/19

Telluride Historical Museum and ONE Telluride: final Fireside Chat, 8/19

As a school girl, Telluride local Barbel Hacke received only F’s in English class. It was only heartache, of Berlin Wall proportions, that sent her packing for America to find refuge with her friend, and fellow German, Elizabeth Gick.

27 Throughout Telluride’s history, this remote box canyon has served as a mecca for immigrants running from home, searching for riches or following follies. The place has been a magnet for those in search of adventure and a path less traveled.

Nearly 30 years later, Hacke, (sans heartache), is the director of the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art. She has the distinction of being town’s longest working employee in the same place, doing the same work, under the same ownership.

At the Lone Tree Cemetery, on the east end of town, over 100 nationalities are represented. Stroll down Colorado Avenue and see still a smattering of authentic ethnic establishments. On nearby Wilson Mesa, the Schmid family carries on the traditions of their elders who journeyed from the Old World to lasso the Wild West over a century ago.

On Thursday, August 19, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., the Telluride Historical Museum and ONE Telluride bring “Immigrant Stories,” to life with the final Fireside Chat of the summer. The Chat, which will include a diverse panel of immigrants, will be a bilingual event with ONE Telluride providing Spanish translation.

“The immigrant narrative is a part of the American collective consciousness,” says Lauren Bloemsma, museum director and first generation American.  “We’re hoping this Chat will highlight shared experiences and universal themes that transcend today’s zeitgeist.”

Sylvia Guardado, also a long-time Telluride resident, emigrated from Mexico. Guardado will discuss the challenges of raising a multicultural family and the trials of triumphs of her two bilingual daughters, Telluride High School graduates.
Artist Ervin Luna hails from Guatemala. He will shed light on the influences his home country has on his vibrant paintings and the effects of nostalgia in his daily life.

Karin Freudenberg’s immigrant story begins with an early fascination with Bonanza and Gun Smoke.  Her quest for a real-life Dodge City eventually brought her to the region.

Rounding out the panel, Marvin Schmid, whose family homesteaded in the area in 1882, will relate the experiences of early immigrants on Wilson Mesa.

Selena Sermeno, a professional mediator and native of El Salvador, moderates.
The Fireside Chat features free food by Emilio’s Bar and Grill. If the sun is shining, the event is scheduled for  the fire pit in Mountain Village. The rain location is The Peaks.

For further information, call the Museum, 728-3344×2.

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