Our free Fireside Chats are held in the Mountain Village and Norwood. Gather ‘round the fire to hear writers, historians, and even scientists talk about all aspects of Telluride history.
Select Wednesdays at ACES in Norwood & Thursdays, at The Peaks. Free! 5:30p.m.
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Help support Fireside Chats by sponsoring a speaker's visit!
Fireside Chats are also made possible by funding from the Telluride Foundation and the towns of Telluride and Mountain Village.
[2012 SUMMER SCHEDULE]
For more information, call 970-728-3344x2.
August 2 : Fireside Chat on the Art Walk: Weird & Notorious Telluride with authors Carol Turner and Charmaine Ortega-Getz. 5:30p.m. at the Telluride Historical Museum's Amphitheatre. Sponsored by Alpine Lodging.
August 8: Fireside Chat with Steven Lee presenting his first person (fictional!) characterization of Hiram Wheeler. 5:30p.m. at ACES of Norwood at the Livery! (1552 Lucerne St.). Sponsored by Peaks Resort, Telluride Rotary Club and Norwood Chamber of Commerce.
August 9: Fireside Chat with Steven Lee presenting his first person (fictional!) characterization of Hiram Wheeler. 5:30p.m. at The Peaks. Chat is sponsored by Peaks Resort and Telluride Rotary Club.
August 16: Fireside Chat with Jay Fell, co-author of "100 Years Up High: Colorado Mountains & Mountaineers". 5:30p.m. at The Peaks! Chat is sponsored by Rudy Davison and Peaks Resort.
August 22: Fireside Chat with Marsha Bankston, presenting her first person characterization of her great, great, great, grandmother, Lizzie Knight, Pioneer Rancher of Disappointment Valley. 5:30p.m. at at ACES of Norwood at the Livery! (1552 Lucerne St.). Sponsored by the Peaks Resort, Telluride Women's Network and Shari Seay Mitchell.
August 23: Fireside Chat with Marsha Bankston, presenting her first person characterization of her great, great, great, grandmother, Lizzie Knight, Pioneer Rancher of Disappointment Valley. 5:30p.m. at The Peaks. Sponsored by the Telluride Women's Network. Sponsored by the Peaks Resort, Telluride Women's Network and Shari Seay Mitchell.
Hiram is a 19th century boomer, well-versed in the early days of Colorado railroading. He is available for both teaching about the role railroads played in the development of Colorado, and for storytelling.
Example stories in this set:
- "The Opening of the Rio Grande Southern Railroad between Ridgway and Rico." A true story with adventure and education.
- "Jack, the Rail Dog." The true story of a dog that won the hearts of a dusty town in Arizona.
- "A.J. and Slither" This story about a telegrapher that teaches Morse Code to a rattlesnake is, well, a little hard to swallow....
All of Hiram's work is done under the auspices of the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colorado.
It’s not too often that a woman ends up married to her son-in-law. But Lizzy Knight, the first pioneer woman of the Disappointment Valley, was no stranger to the strange.
Sponsorship is needed for this first-person characterization of Lizzy Knight, performed by Marsha Bankston, the great, great, great granddaughter of pioneer cattle ranchers Lizzy and Henry Knight.
Bankston, a sixth generation descendent of the infamous pioneering couple, occupies the original Knight homestead -- just southwest of Telluride on the west side of Lone Cone Peak -- which has been designated a Centennial Farm by the State of Colorado.
The Knight’s original cabin still stands on the property and Bankston is in the process of seeking its inclusion on the list of "Most Endangered " historical sites in Colorado. She intends to restore the building for public visitation.
Bankston is the daughter of Wilma Crisp Bankston, author of Where Eagles Winter: History and Legend of the Disappointment Country. She is continuing her mother's work of writing and presenting the personal stories of pioneers, such as Lizzy Knight.
Weird & Notorious Telluride
Authors of Weird Colorado and Notorious Telluride team up to spin some, you guessed it, Weird and Notorious tales. This special Firesdie Chat will be held at the Museum's Aphitheatre and a stop on town's Art Walk. Wine, cheese and free!
James Fell, co-author of "100 Years Up High: Colorado Mountains & Mountaineers."