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The Social CCT

The Social- We Need Your Help!

The Social will celebrate the colorful history of Telluride in the ’90s while promoting local distilleries and distributors. The event will be a great opportunity for both locals and tourists to come out and support the Telluride Historical Museum while tasting libations inspired by the 1990s cocktail renaissance and enjoying stories of Telluride’s colorful and not so distant past.

Alongside the cocktail tasting will be a popup exhibit exploring Telluride’s 1990s history, culture and development. Some of the best Telluride traditions were born in this decade such as Blues and Brews,Telluride AIDS Benefit, Ah Haa School for the Arts, the gondola…the list goes on!

We would love your help in creating our pop-up exhibit! Please share  your photos from the ’90s with us and/or let us know if you have any ‘artifacts’ you’re interested in loaning to help bring the exhibit to life. Contact Theresa at if you’d like to contribute to the pop up.

Don’t have any photos or artifacts to lend to the cause?  You can still help us by volunteering for the event!  We need help with set-up, tear-down, and event staffing.  All volunteers receive free admission and drink tickets to the event as well as our eternal gratitude.  Sound interesting?  Please email Pepper at if you would like to help out.

An Evening With Ken Burns – 2017

August 7, 2017

Screening Set for Sunday, August 27th

The Telluride Historical Museum is excited to announce that tickets to its fourth annual An Evening With Ken Burns film screening are on sale now.

This year’s event will feature a screening of episode 4 – “The True Welcome” – of the acclaimed documentary series, Jazz.  The evening will also include a post-screening audience Q&A session with Ken Burns as well as a book and DVD signing presented in conjunction with Between the Covers bookstore.

The screening will take place on Sunday, August 27th at the Michael D. Palm Theatre.  Doors will open at 5:30PM and the program will begin at 6PM.  Tickets for the event are $25 for general admission, $20 for Museum members, and $5 for students.

“We continue to be appreciative of Ken Burns’ gracious commitment to the Telluride community and to the Museum specifically,” Executive Director Kiernan Lannon said.  “We are once again providing the community with the rare opportunity to see one of America’s foremost documentarians and historians present his work and engage with this great community.  We’re looking forward to another fantastic event!”

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Museum at (970) 728-3344.  All tickets will be distributed via will call on the evening of the event.  The Museum will not be issuing physical tickets ahead of time. 


Photo credit: Tim Llewellyn Photography

Museum Announces New Programs and Exhibits Director

Theresa Head ShotTelluride, Colorado (September 2, 2016) – The Telluride Historical Museum today announced the hire of Theresa Koenigsknecht as the Director of Programs and Exhibits, effective September 6, 2016. Koenigsknecht will be replacing Anne Gerhard, who recently resigned after holding the position since 2013.

Koenigsknecht most recently served as a Curator at the Johnson County Museum of History in Franklin, IN, where she has extensive experience managing a large collection, collaborating on educational programs, community outreach, and exhibit development. Theresa has a Master of Arts in Public History from Indiana University and Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and History from Michigan State University.

“Western history, specifically the Oregon Trail, jump-started my love of all things history as a kid. I also love being outside and being active and was looking to challenge my comfort zones,” Koenigsknecht said, “This was the perfect opportunity to grow and contribute to an amazing organization and community.”


Museum Announces New Executive Director

2015 – 4/28/2015

For Immediate Release


 Telluride, Colorado (April 28, 2015) – The Telluride Historical Museum today announced the hire of Kiernan Lannon as the executive director effective May 11, 2015. Lannon will be replacing Erica Kinias who recently resigned after holding the position since March of 2012.

Lannon most recently served as Executive Director of the Smithtown Historical Society in Smithtown, New York. Smithtown, a small town located on the north shore of Long Island, just recently celebrated its 350th founding anniversary. The Historical Society consists of eight historic structures nestled on 22 acres of parkland. In addition to serving as executive director at Smithtown, Lannon was a project intern at the USS CONSTITUTION Museum and served as an interpreter at Naper Settlement, a historical site Illinois settlement outside of Chicago, IL.

Lannon holds a B.A. in history and political science from Marquette University and a M.A. in Museum Studies. An avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, Lannon is looking forward to experiencing Telluride’s rugged outdoors and history.  “How can you not be excited about moving to Telluride?  It’s almost incomprehensibly beautiful and everyone I have met has been extremely nice and welcoming.” Lannon commented. “Telluride strikes me as a place where comfort and culture come together, and that was exactly the community I was hoping to find for my new home.” Click here to read the complete press release…

Rocky Mountain PBS’ “Hydro Power” film

In 1891, due to a lack of timber fuel and the challenge of steep mountain passes, all mining operations in Telluride were in danger of being shut down. Cue L.L. Nunn. This Colorado pioneer financed Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant, the first in the world to generate alternating current electric power for industrial application. Thanks to this historic milestone, Telluride’s Gold King Mine remained open and hydroelectric plants soon popped up across the United States and the world.

Airs Thursday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. (MST), on PBS.