Telluride Museum: Fall Update!

Telluride Museum: Fall Update!

The following is a note from the Telluride Museum family. 

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“And then the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awaked.” – Raquel Franco

Where, indeed, did our summer go, I ask? A few of us felt that large shift over Jazz Fest weekend where we woke up to a crisp, fall morning, and though summer has returned in patches, we have certainly begun the transition into the cozy, sweater-wearing season of the year. Our summer was full of sluicing, hiking, biking, dining, dogs, and much more, and we couldn’t be happier to have shared it all with you! A very big thanks again to Alpine Bank for their sponsorship of The Telluride Dog Museum, to Telluride Brewing Company for their partnership with Tour De Tommyknocker, and to Sally Puff Courtney for hosting us and a few of our friends for dinner just last week.

Upon reflection, we look to the age old adage – “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go farther, go together.” We truly could not have had such a wonderful summer without the support and help of our community. Again, we thank you!

But we’re not quite done yet!

September has its own fair share of lovely events coming your way. Not only will our regular walking tours continue until the off-season, but weekly Cemetery Tours will begin on September 9th at 1pm (meet at the main shed building in Lone Tree Cemetery).

We also welcome the return of our Fireside Chat series, which we will be hosting in partnership with the Madeline Hotel this year in their cozy Living Room space. On September 21st, our speaker with be Johnnie Stevens with a look at the Telluride Ski Area, and all the stories he has to share from along the way. For September 28th, we have Robert Savath and Anne Varielle-Savath with a chat about The Telluride Ski School and Life in the 70s. And finally, on October 5th, we are in for a treat, as long-time local, Rudy Davison, dusts off the ‘ol photo box and takes us down memory lane to Zermatt, Switzerland, where on a fact-finding trip in 1979, Telluridians gained crucial insights on how to run a mountain resort!

We hope to see you at these intimate and lovely, FREE talks; everyone is welcome!

With so much to come, it is our sincere hope that we will get to see you either up at the museum, or at one of our events before too long. And just as a reminder (which will also come with next month’s newsletter), we will be CLOSED FOR THE OFF-SEASON beginning on October 15th at 5pm. But be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the return of Halloween on the Hill…and more spookiness to come!

HARC Walking Tour

September 9th at 10am
Meets at the Museum
LAST CHANCE for the season to come and explore Telluride’s built environment while learning about the importance of historic preservation to the town!

Lone Tree Cemetery Tours

September 9th at 1pm
September 16th at 1pm
September 23rd at 1pm
September 30th at 1pm
Meet at the West Entrance Gate
$15 for Non Members/$10 for Members

Follow along with the Museum for a unique look into Telluride history and the iconic people who lived, worked, and were buried here.

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

Fireside Chats 2022

September 21st at 6pm
September 28th at 6pm
The Madeline Hotel in
Mountain Village

With the fall season comes the return of our much-beloved Fireside Chat series! There are three different opportunities for community members to hear from local historians and experts about Telluride History in a casual and warm environment. This year we return to a favorite spot for our evening conversations, the Madeline Hotel up in Mountain Village! This event is FREE to everyone, we hope to see you there!

Hike Into History

September 24th at 9am
$20 Non Members/ $15 for Members

Our final Hike Into History for the season will take us into the backyard, and up to the Liberty Bell area! Join our museum staff on this fascinating look into history, and little bit about what exciting things are coming in the future! (Don’t worry, just in the land of technology!) Please bring water, snacks, and rain/sun protection.

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

Walking Tours with Ashley Boling

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm
Oct 13: Last tour pre off-season!
$15 for Non Members/$10 for Members
$15 for Non Members/$10 for Members

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’s history unique.

Meet the Museum Staff!

This month’s staff feature welcomes the newest addition to the team, Kaity Swick!

Just in her first month, Kaity’s motivated and positive work ethic as Museum Assistant has already been very welcome by staff and visitors alike. Read on to get to know more!

How long have you been with the Telluride Historical Museum?

I’ve just been working at the museum for about a month at this point, I started at the end of July!

What excites you about history, and our local history in particular?

There is so much history in this little town, and I’m fascinated by how much has changed in the last several hundred years. I love to imagine what it was like to be here 100 years ago or even 500 years ago and what it was like to be part of the mining community. I have a craving to experience the world at different times and learning more helps to imagine that!

Who is your favorite Telluride Historical Figure and why?

Butch Cassidy… there is something fascinating about the outlaw mindset and what appears to be an ease to robbery in comparison to how the law works today. It’s fun to imagine what that was like and the in-depth planning that went into escaping a box canyon by horse.

What has been your favorite museum memory?

The Tour De Tommyknocker event was a fun way to get on bikes and talk about history while doing silly activities.

If you could only take one meal and one drink with you to a desert island for the rest of your days, what would you take?

Chicago style pizza and coffee… or coconut water if I was thinking smart in order to stay hydrated.


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