Telluride Museum: “An Evening with Ken Burns” & More!

Telluride Museum: “An Evening with Ken Burns” & More!

The Telluride Historical Museums presents “An Evening with Ken Burns,” and the  film: “The Central Park 5.” Event takes place Sunday, August 29. Doors: 5:30pm; screening: 6:00pm. Michael D. Palm Theatre. Tickets here.

For more information about the Museum’s updated visitation policies, please see the “Visit” page. Be sure to come check out the latest exhibit Outbreak: “Epidemics in a Connected World.”

Tickets to Hike Into History here.

The following is a note from the Museum about the Ken Burns evening followed by other happenings.

Accused rapist Yusef Salaam is escorted by policein "The Central Park Five"

Accused rapist Yusef Salaam is escorted by police in “The Central Park Five”

It’s that time of year again. Get ready for “An Evening with Ken Burns,” presented by the Telluride Historical Museum!

Ken Burns has been making films for almost 40 years, and is one of the most influential filmmakers in documentaries of all time. He has been honored with dozens of major awards, including 15 Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Oscar nominations. IN September 2008, at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, Burns was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year offers an extra special something. The film we are sharing was co-directed by Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns, and her husband David McMahon. All three will be on hand for a Q&A and book -signing (hosted in conjunction with Between the Covers bookstore) following the screening.

The “Central Park 5” centers around the wrongful conviction of American youth and their eventual deliverance from a broken system. It is unfortunately as timely as it is historic.

“The Central Park Five, a film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Directed and produced by Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, the film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.” – PBS

Ken Burns is an advocate of history and a longtime supporter of the Telluride Historical Museum. Proceeds from the evening will support operating costs for the Museum, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to preserve the rich colorful history of the box canyon. Tickets are $20 for Museum Members, $25 for Non-Members, and $5 for students.

We hope you will join us!



Historical Walking Tours with Ashley Boling
Every Tuesday and Thursday through Sept.
Departing from the Museum at 1pm

Hear the tales and see the sights on this lively tour about town. Join longtime local, performer, and community historian Ashley Boling as he recounts the people and events that make Telluride unique.

Boling has been giving engaging historical walking tours of Telluride for more than 20 years. His innate enthusiasm for history and natural gift for storytelling will have participants entertained for the complete hour and fifteen minute tour of town.

Learn about some of Telluride’s most notable citizens and famous stories and see where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank!

$10 for Members
$15 Non-Members

Lone Tree Cemetery Tour
Friday, July 16th, 1pm
Meet at Lone Tree Cemetery

Join the Museum for a unique look into Telluride’s history and the iconic people who lived, worked, and were buried here.

$10 for Museum Members, $15 for Non-Members.
Tours will meet at the Cemetery’s East Columbia entrance at 1PM.

Advance sign up is required. Please call (970) 728-3344 to register to attend this tour.

Hike Into History:
Bear Creek with Rudy Davison
Friday, July 23rd, 9am
Meet at the Museum

See a classic Telluride trail as you’ve never seen it before! Join local historian Rudy Davison for an enlightening trek up Bear Creek. This is a moderate to steep but short trail. Food and water are recommended. The tour will depart from the Bear Creek trailhead at 9am

$10 for Members, $20 for Non-Members
Tours will meet at the Telluride Historical Museum

HARC Walking Tour
Friday, August 13th, 10am
Meet at the Museum

To help celebrate the 60th anniversary of Telluride’s designation as a National Historic Landmark District, the Telluride Historical Museum has partnered with the Town of Telluride’s Preservation Department to offer complimentary Historic & Architectural Review Commission-themed walking tours once a month throughout the summer.

Come and explore Telluride’s built environment while learning about the importance of historic preservation to the town!

These free tours will take place the second Friday of June, July, August & September and depart from the Museum at 10am.

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