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Annual Adult Spelling Bee Returns! Come MissBEEhave at the wildest event of the year!
Director of Programs and Exhibits
Telluride Historical Museum
(970) 728-3344 Ext. 2
2015-2-19 PR-FILING CODE For Immediate Release
THE MUSEUM’S ANNUAL ADULT SPELLING BEE RETURNS!
Come MissBEEhave at the wildest event of the year!
Telluride, Colorado (February 19, 2015) – Mark your calendars, the event you’ve been waiting for is back! Gather your friends and make a BEEline for the most outrageous fundraiser of the year: the Telluride Historical Museum’s 3rd Annual Adult Spelling Bee!
On Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm at the Sheridan Opera House, the Museum has upped the ante, bringing in MC Mitch Mishky, an outrageous costume contest, swell prizes, a 50/50 cash raffle, free popcorn, an incredible silent auction, a cash bar, and three local celebrity judges: Jim Looney, Marilyn Branch, and Charlie Kane.
Each team works together to spell words of all difficulty levels, wearing hilarious costumes, competing for fabulous prizes! Masters of the Hive win a coveted spot on the permanent Hive Plaque displayed in the Museum amphitheater as well as serious bragging rights. Best Costume winners take home some intense flash with the most enormous trophy ever BEEstowed. And the team crowned Fan Favorite receives three prized 2015 festival tickets.
General Admission to the Bee is $5. Teams are $25/person, but to make sure returning contenders throw their hats back in the ring, all returning teams receive a registration discount. To make the game even more interesting, the team that sells the most general admission tickets to the Bee receives two additional drink tickets per person! To register your team of three visit telluridemuseum.org.
And let’s not forget the silent auction. Bring your checkbook to bid on such fabulous items as a First Light skiing day, exclusive golf packages, a Madeline Hotel spa day, a guided 4×4 day trip and more!
All proceeds from the event benefit the Telluride Historical Museum, helping to preserve local history and create fun, educational (and often free!) regional programming.
To register your team, purchase General Admission tickets, or with questions, contact Cecile Murias at 970.728.3344 x5 or at email@example.com.
Annual Adult Spelling Bee Returns! Come MissBEEhave at the wildest event of the year!February 2015
20th Anniversary Screening of “Fire on the Mountain,” A collaborative event includes live auction and Q&A with 10th Mountain Division veterans
2014-12-18 PR-FILING CODE
For Immediate Release
20th Anniversary screening of “fire on the mountain”
Collaborative event includes live auction and Q&A with 10th Mountain Division veterans
Telluride, Colorado (December 19, 2014) – During the last weeks of World War II, an elite division of mountain soldiers, America’s 10th Mountain Division, fought a decisive battle against the Nazis in the Italian Alps. Their victory on Italy’s Apennine Riva Ridge led to a push that ended World War II a week earlier in Italy than the rest of Europe. After the war, the United States’ only mountain and winter warfare troops, the legendary soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division, played a pivotal role in the development of the US ski industry and became the backbone of a national outdoor education and conservation movement.
On Friday, February 6, 2015, veterans from the 10th, along with Telluride filmmakers George and Beth Gage and Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Famer Johnnie Stevens will host the 20th Anniversary screening of “Fire on the Mountain: The Story of the 10th Mountain Division,” at the Sheridan Opera House. In addition to “Fire on the Mountain,” the evening will include short films from Mountainfilm in Telluride, special audience Q&A with 10th Mountain veterans Hugh Evans, Clark Wingate, and Dick Over, and a live auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Telluride Historical Museum, Gage and Gage Productions, and the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation.
“We are honored to welcome veterans from the 10th Mountain Division to Telluride for this special event,” commented Erica Kinias, Executive Director of the Telluride Historical Museum. “The combination of screening this award-winning film produced by Telluride locals, Beth and George Gage, in addition to the veterans, allows us to reflect on the sacrifices and experiences of those who served in World War II as well as their later contributions to the nation.”
“Fire on the Mountain” won Grand Prize at the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival in 1995, where it went on to screen at the Sundance Film Festival, on National Geographic TV, at the Department of the Interior, and more. George and Beth Gage are pleased to continue to honor the 10th with their film, saying, “After twenty-plus years, the men of the 10th Mountain Division continue to inspire us.”
In addition to receiving reserved seating at the screening, Patron ticket holders, starting at $250, will have the unique opportunity to view a special curated exhibit of artwork from 10th Mountain Division veteran, Jacques Parker, the only 10th Mountain vet to chronicle the saga of the Division through art from 1943 through the end of the war. Five of Parker’s works, which now reside in the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum’s collection, will be on display for the first time. General Admission seating is $25. Tickets for the event are available on the Museum’s website at telluridemuseum.org. Live auction items include original 10th Mountain Division ski equipment, a signed poster from Division veterans, a 10th Mountain Division Hut Association travel package, and more.
For more information, please contact Anne Gerhard, Director of Programs and Exhibits at the Telluride Historical Museum at (970) 728-3344×2, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
20th Anniversary Screening of “Fire on the Mountain,” A collaborative event includes live auction and Q&A with 10th Mountain Division veteransDecember 2014
Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration at Schmid Ranch
PR 2014-11-04 Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration at Schmid Ranch
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The Telluride Historical Museum’s presents this year’s
Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration at Schmid Ranch
The Telluride Historical Museum is once again bringing the holiday cheer this year with its popular 6th Annual Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration. On Saturday, December 6 from 12-4pm, bring the family to Telluride’s most well-loved holiday tradition at the historic and scenic Schmid Family Ranch on Wilson Mesa.
This December marks the 6th year the Telluride Historical Museum has partnered with the Schmid family to host the Celebration. Every year this free, family event grows with new activities, tasty treats, and crafts. This year, visitors can enjoy horse drawn sleigh rides, visits with Santa, wreath making, and picking out a Christmas tree. Hot cocoa and cowboy coffee will be served alongside tasty chili. It is an outdoor event so be sure to dress warmly.
Located on Wilson Mesa in the shadow of Wilson Peak, the historic Schmid Ranch contains over 900 acres of rolling hills and trees. Designated a Centennial Farm in 1995, the land was first homesteaded by the Schmid family in 1882, growing to a working ranch that harvested hay for Telluride’s livestock.
To this day the ranch is still owned by the Schmid family who are dedicated to sharing their unique property with the community while maintaining a way of life that honors the land. It continues as a working ranch, while also offering lodging, hunting, and film opportunities, like the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film due to begin filming on December 8.
If you’d like to go behind the scenes of this holiday tradition, volunteers are needed! From 11am – 4:15pm for shifts of 1 to 2 hours, enjoy the beauty of Wilson Mesa while lending a hand with our fun activities! Contact Anne Gerhard at 728.3344×2 or email@example.com for more information.
Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration at Schmid RanchNovember 2014
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Tricks and Treats this October
The Telluride Historical Museum brings you Haunted History
Telluride, Colorado (October 24, 2014) With leaves turning and temperatures dropping, the season of ghouls and goblins is upon us, and the Telluride Historical Museum has some tricks and treats up its sleeve again this year.
On Thursdays October 23 and 30, don’t miss the Lamplight Tours of Lone Tree Cemetery. The tours provide an atmospheric evening filled with the inspiring and often tragic stories of the men, women and children who populated Victorian era Telluride. Flashlights are recommended, as are warm layers. Tours meet at the Cemetery on the east end of town at 6:30pm, and tickets are $15, or $10 for Museum Members.
On Halloween night, gather your friends and your courage for this year’s Haunted Hospital. Friday, October 31 from 8-10pm, the Museum will be transformed into a bone-chilling maze of haunted characters from Telluride’s past.
Built in 1896, the Telluride Historical Museum originally served as the town hospital, providing health care to the region for nearly 70 years. Hundreds of sick or injured men, women and children were cared for there, and many souls breathed their last within its walls. See for yourself if the whispers of hauntings and paranormal activity are true this Halloween, the spookiest night of the year. Admission is $10 or $5 with a student ID.
So grab your friends and take in Haunted History with the Telluride Historical Museum this month. See you there! Visit our website at www.telluridemuseum.org for more information.
Contact Anne Gerhard, Director of Programs and Exhibits, Telluride Historical Museum (970) 728.3344 x2 and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haunted HospitalOctober 2014
The Spelling Bee Returns! Telluride Historical Museum’s hosts the 2nd Annual Adult Spelling Bee
The Spelling Bee Returns! Telluride Historical Museum’s hosts the
2nd Annual Adult Spelling Bee
Team Spelling Bee is daring, fun, and outrageous – the BUZZ is on!
Telluride, CO, August 28, 2014. Is orthography the bee in your bonnet? Do morphemes make your bees knees quiver with excitement? This September, the Telluride Historical Museum’s popular Adult Spelling Bee returns for its second year, Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 p.m., at the Sheridan Opera House.
“The Museum’s 2nd Annual Adult Spelling Bee will be daring and outrageously fun, bringing the Telluride community together to help support the preservation of Telluride’s history,” comments Executive Director Erica Kinias. Tackling a mix of classic spelling bee words, historical words, and even a few Telluride-themed words, contestants will compete as teams for the awards of Fan Favorite, Best Costume and the Hive Master Grand Prize! Grand Prize winners receive bragging rights and a permanent plaque commemorating their win in the Museum’s amphitheater. Fan Favorite team winners will receive tickets to the 2014 Telluride Blues and Brews festival.
Inspired by the classic spelling bee format, this Adult Spelling Bee has some unique twists: contestants compete in teams of three, formed from local businesses and the Telluride community. Like last year’s Bee, team costumes are highly encouraged. Onstage at the historic Sheridan Opera House, teams will battle it out to make it to the final championship round. Special guests Dan Hanley and Mitch Mishky return this year to make sure both audience and teams alike have fun. The Bee’s special guest judges Telluride School District Superintendent Kyle Schumacher and Town Councilwoman Ann Brady will also return this year.
Teams of three can register online at www.telluridemusuem.org beginning August 25 through September 5, 2014. “The Spelling Bee teams are at the heart of the event,” Kinias comments. “The support they get from the community in sponsorships, from each other in the competition, and from the audience will truly help make the event a success.”
General seating for the Bee is now open at $15, and premium seating is available for $50 for those that want front-row access to the excitement. Guidelines, team registration forms, and admission tickets are available online at www.telluridemuseum.org.
The Spelling Bee Returns! Telluride Historical Museum’s hosts the 2nd Annual Adult Spelling BeeAugust 2014
Museum hosts, “An Evening with Ken Burns: a film screening and audience Q&A”
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TELLURIDE HISTORICAL MUSEUM HOSTS
“AN EVENING WITH KEN BURNS: A FILM SCREENING AND AUDIENCE Q&A”
Telluride, Colorado (August 6, 2014) Days before the 41st Telluride Film Festival officially begins, Telluride residents and visitors will have a special opportunity to meet Ken Burns, the award-winning, documentary film producer and director. On Sunday, August 24, at 6:00 p.m. at The Palm Theater, the Telluride Historical Museum will host, “An Evening with Ken Burns: A Film Screening and Audience Q&A.”
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of D-Day in June of this year, Ken Burns will host an encore screening of his documentary, “The War,” Episode Four: Pride of Our Nation. “The War,” directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, was originally released in 2007 to great public and critical acclaim. Episode Four: Pride of Our Nation chronicles the pivotal phase in the war between June and August 1944 – in both the European and Pacific Theaters.
After the screening, the Museum will host an audience Q&A with Ken Burns as well as a book and DVD signing courtesy of Between the Covers Bookstore. All students, as well as active and retired military personnel and their families receive free admission. Tickets are available online at www.telluridemuseum.org.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ken Burns to Telluride for this special screening and audience Q&A,” commented Erica Kinias, Executive Director at the Telluride Historical Museum. “Ken Burns is a long-time friend of Telluride and we are excited about this opportunity to offer a public screening of this powerful documentary.” The program also coincides with the Museum’s annual exhibit, Voices of War: Telluride During World War II, which will be on display at the Telluride Historical Museum through March 2015.
If you attend:
When: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Palm Theater, 721 W. Colorado Ave., Telluride
Tickets: Free admission for students and all active and retired military personnel. $20/adults, $15/Museum and Palm Theater members
Purchase tickets: www.telluridemuseum.org
Questions: Erica Kinias, (970) 728-3344 x1, email@example.com
More about Ken Burns
Ken Burns has been making documentary films for more than thirty years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made.
Burns was the director, producer, co-writer, chief cinematographer, musical director and executive producer of the landmark television series The Civil War. The film was the highest-rated series in the history of American public television – prior to Baseball — and attracted an audience of 40 million during its premiere in September 1990. The New York Times called it a “masterpiece,” and that Burns takes his place as the most accomplished documentary filmmaker of his generation.”
Some of Burns’ other films include, The Address (2014), The Central Park Five (2013), The Dust Bowl (2012), Prohibition, (2011), The National Parks: America’s Best Idea (2009), and The War (2007), which was co-directed with Lynn Novick.
More about “The War:” Episode Four: Pride of Our Nation
June 1944-August 1944
By June 1944, there are signs on both sides of the world that the tide of the war is turning. On June 6, 1944 — D-Day — in the European Theater, a million and a half Allied troops embark on one of the greatest invasions in history: the invasion of France. Among them are Dwain
Luce of Mobile, Alabama who drops behind enemy lines in a glider; Quentin Aanenson of Luverne, Minnesota, who flies his first combat mission over the Normandy coast; and Joseph Vaghi of Waterbury, Connecticut, who manages to survive the disastrous landing on Omaha Beach where German resistance nearly decimates the American forces. It is the bloodiest day in American history since the Civil War, with nearly 2,500 Americans losing their lives. But the Allies succeed in tearing a 45-mile gap in Hitler’s vaunted Atlantic Wall, and by day’s end more than 150,000 men landed on French soil. They quickly found themselves bogged down in the Norman hedgerows, facing German troops determined to make them pay for every inch of territory gained. For months, the Allies measure their progress in yards, and suffer far greater casualties than expected.
In the Pacific, the long climb from island to island toward Japan is well underway, but the enemy seems increasingly determined to defend their territory to the death. The Marines, including Ray Pittman of Mobile, fight the costliest Pacific battle to date — on the island of Saipan. There they first encounter Japanese civilians, who, like their soldiers, seem resolved to die for their emperor rather than surrender.
Back home, while anxiously listening to the radio, watching newsreels and scanning casualty lists in the newspapers. Americans do their best to go about their normal lives, but on doorsteps all across the country, dreaded telegrams from the War Department arrive at a rate inconceivable just one year earlier.
In late July, Allied forces break out of the hedgerows in Normandy, and by mid-August, the Germans are in full retreat out of France. On August 25, after four years of Nazi occupation, Paris is liberated — and the end of the war in Europe seems only a few weeks away.
Museum hosts, “An Evening with Ken Burns: a film screening and audience Q&A”August 2014
Museum Presents Annual Fireside Chats
Museum Presents Annual Fireside Chats
Presenters from across the state shed light on Colorado during World War II
(Tuesday, July 15, 2014) The Telluride Historical Museum is bringing three weeks of Fireside Chats to Mountain Village and Norwood this August, focusing on Colorado history during the Second World War.
On August 6 and 7, enjoy a living history presentation from ‘Rosie the Riveter’. This iconic persona from World War II encapsulated the spirit of women who filled factory positions as their male counterparts enlisted. Female factory workers proved an essential part of the war effort, as many of them worked in munitions and war supplies plants. Rosie the Riveter has endured as a cultural icon throughout the years, serving as a powerful symbol of women’s empowerment and equality.
On August 13 and 14, hear from author and military historian Flint Whitlock as he discusses the 10th Mountain Division, the light infantry division his father served with during World War II. The 10th was an experiment in new fighting techniques, training its members in skiing, climbing, and survival methods. After the war, members of the 10th played a crucial role in Colorado and the development of the ski industry.
“We are excited to have such a broad range of topics and presenters this month,” commented Anne Gerhard, the Museum’s Director of Programs and Exhibits.
On August 20 and 21, Dr. Bonnie Clark, an archaeologist and professor of anthropology at the University of Denver, will present on The Amache Project, an ongoing archaeological dig at the site of a Japanese internment camp near Granada, Colorado. The internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War constituted the largest mass movement of people in United States history, with over 120,000 relocations; 7,300 of which were to Amache. Dr. Clark will discuss the role of internment camps during the War as well as her work on the Amache Project.
Wednesdays in Norwood at 6:00pm at the Ace of Norwood Livery Playhouse, and Thursdays at 5:30pm at the Madeline Hotel in Mountain Village, don’t miss these three presenters as they share their thoughts and expertise on Colorado history during World War II.
The Telluride Historical Museum’s Fireside Chats are a free program series presented in conjunction with the Museum’s current annual exhibit, Voices of Wartime: Telluride During WWII, on display through March of 2015.
Museum Presents Annual Fireside ChatsJuly 2014
Telluride Unearthed Explores Uranium Mining During WWII
TELLURIDE UNEARTHED EXPLORES URANIUM MINING DURING WWII
Dr. Michael Amundson brings the history of atomic energy to life—3D glasses included
(May 23, 2014) When we think about Telluride’s mining history we typically recall hard rock miners working tirelessly to bring zinc, silver, and gold out of the mountains. Beginning in the 1930s, however, mining in the San Juans would also include uranium—a vital component to the U.S. atomic energy supply through the end of the Cold War.
Join the Telluride Historical Museum and The Pinhead Institute for a special Telluride Unearthed lecture, “Uranium Mining on the Western Slope,” with Dr. Michael Amundson, on Wednesday, June 11, at 6:00 p.m., at the Wilkinson Public Library’s Program Room. This event is free and open to the public. A suggested donation of $15 is greatly appreciated.
Dr. Amunson is professor of history and the director of public history at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. His most recent publication on uranium mining in Colorado is titled, Yellowcake Towns: Uranium Mining Communities in the American West. (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2002).As a relatively new field, Atomic History incorporates all things nuclear including such fields as community, environmental, cultural, social, political, and scientific history.
“We are thrilled to have a renowned expert on atomic history such as Dr. Amundson in Telluride,” commented Erica Kinias, executive director of the Telluride Historical Museum. “Uranium mining continues to be a controversial issue on the Western Slope and we hope that this lecture will shed light on the origins of uranium mining in our community.”
Exploring Telluride’s atomic history will not follow your typical lecture format. Amundson is planning a unique look into a 1950s-era uranium mine through a 3D film. 3D glasses will be provided!
Questions? Contact Erica Kinias at firstname.lastname@example.org, (970) 728-3344 x1.
Telluride Unearthed Explores Uranium Mining During WWIIMay 2014
“Voices of Wartime” Exhibit Opening and Swing Dance
Anne Gerhard, Programs and Grants Coordinator, Telluride Historical Museum
(970) 728-3344 x4, email@example.com
Museum Unveils New Exhibit, Voices of Wartime; Telluride During WWII And commemorates the 70th anniversary of D-Day with the Swingin’ at the Sheridan Swing Dance
(Thursday, May 22, 2014) The Telluride Historical Museum is thrilled to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, Voices of Wartime; Telluride During WWII on Thursday, June 5. The exhibit explores the history of the Second World War through the unique lens of Telluride residents.
Voices of Wartime is a revealing look into how daily life in Telluride changed – and did not change – during the War. It captures the experiences of local residents through oral histories, preserving their stories for current and future generations. Voices of Wartime also uses artifacts and photographs from local families, and through the Museum’s recent Smithsonian Affiliate status, has borrowed artifacts from collaborating Affiliate partners, such as the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. The loaned artifacts have powerful, often tragic stories, and help to put the local oral histories in their global context. The exhibit also includes period radio programs, newspapers and newsreels, and engages visitors with additional interactive displays that tease the brain and get toes tapping.
Be the first to see Voices of Wartime; Telluride During WWII during the exhibit opening celebration on June 5 from 5-7pm. Light refreshments will be served during this free event, and all are welcome.
Over 475 San Miguel County residents served during World War II. In commemoration of their service and to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Museum presents the Swingin’ at the Sheridan swing dance, to be held at the Sheridan Opera House on Friday, June 6 at 7:30pm. Local swing band Swing City Express will be there, playing the best hits of the era.
Swingin’ at the Sheridan is fun for all ages, and a wonderful way to celebrate with the whole family after Telluride High School’s graduation. Don your best 1940’s apparel and jitterbug the night away. Tickets for this event are $10 and can be purchased online at telluridemuseum.org or at the door.
Don’t know how to swing dance? Not a problem! Locals Laura and Lance Colbert are teaching two free swing dance lessons at the Sheridan Opera House. On Tuesday May 27 and Tuesday June 3 from 6:00pm-7:30pm you can learn to cut-a-rug with the best of them during these laid back beginner classes. All are welcome.
“Voices of Wartime” Exhibit Opening and Swing DanceMay 2014
Museum Annouces Continuation of Daffodil Days
PR 2014-02-11 Daffodil Days For Immediate Release
TELLURIDE HISTORICAL MUSEUM ANNOUNCES CONTINUATION OF DAFFODIL DAYS
Telluride, Colorado (February 14, 2014) The wonderful late winter tradition of Daffodil Days will continue in Telluride this year on March 12-15th, 2014, thanks to the Telluride Historical Museum. The long-time sponsor of the sale of the cheery bouquets, the American Cancer Society, has discontinued this fundraiser. The Museum decided to continue the tradition and will share a percentage of the proceeds with the American Cancer Society.
“Seeing those glorious yellow flowers pop up over town lifts everyone’s spirits,” said Erica Kinias, the Executive Director the Telluride Historical Museum. “It’s a Telluride tradition worth preserving.”
Pre-orders begin Wednesday, February 26th. A bunch of ten (10) flowers is priced at $12. Order can be placed online at www.telluridemuseum.org/shop or by calling the Museum at (970) 728-3344.
From Wednesday, March 12 through Saturday, March 15, the flowers will be for sale (as long as they last) at the Alpine Bank in Telluride from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Additional locations for flower sales will be announced the first week of March.
Net profits will be shared between the Telluride Historical Museum and the American Cancer Society. Both are non-profit, tax-exempt organizations.
The Telluride Historical Museum would like to thank Alpine Bank, Telluride School District, the Telluride Medical Center, Telluride Bottle Works, San Miguel County, the Telluride Ski and Golf Club, and the American Cancer Society for their support.
Contact Erica Kinias, Executive Director, Telluride Historical Museum (970) 728.3344 x1 and at firstname.lastname@example.org