The Historical Museum coordinates the Fireside Chats in Mountain Village, Cemetery Tours at the Lone Tree Cemetery on the edge of town, an old fashioned 4th of July celebration, the Heritage Festival and so much more.
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Exhibit opening, Powerful Currents: Hydroelectricity in the San Juans
Thursday, June 6, Telluride Historical Museum
Powerful Currents, the Museum's 2013 annual exhibit, is an interactive exhibit exploring the technological innovation behind the development of early hydroelectric projects in the San Juans. The exhibit includes artifacts from Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant which, in 1891, achieved the first long distance commercial transmission of alternating current in the world. The exhibit also highlights the inner-workings of early power plants like Ames and later Bridal Veil Falls, while explaining the process of turning water power into electrical energy.
A Pelton wheel interactive, made possible by a generous donation from the Telluride Institute, will give visitors a hands-on experience of how water pressure and force is converted into electrical currents. Visitors will see this process in action with the miniature Pelton Wheel that powers a light bulb, and will be able to make their own electricity at our experiments stations.
Powerful Currents will also explore the contemporary applications and implications of modern hydro-electric power sources.
Telluride's Masonic History, a Telluride Historical Museum exhibit
Wilkinson Public Library's Telluride Room
Don't miss the museum's newest exhibit exploring Telluride's unique masonic tradition, on view now at the Wilkinson Public Library's Telluride Room!