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Art Walk Features Fireside Chat and Robert Weatherford
“ART WALK FEATURES FIRESIDE CHAT AND ROBERT WEATHERFORD”
Telluride, Colorado (August 1, 2012) – This Thursday, as part of the First Thursday Art Walk, the Telluride Historical Museum will offer its first Fireside Chat of the season and celebrate local artist, Robert Weatherford.
The Fireside Chat will begin at 5:30p.m. at the museum amphitheatre. Wine and cheese will be served while two authors – Charmaine Gets and Carol Turner – spin long tales highlighting Colorado’s colorful past.
Getz author of “Weird Colorado: Your Travel Guide to Colorado’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets,” will speak about the mystery airships of Colorado, quack medicine ads, and Alfred Packer.
Turner, who penned, “Notorious Telluride: Wicked Tales from San Miguel County,” will tell about the “Snowy Adventures of the Millionaire Kid” and “Death by Gold Fever,” the story of the shooting in Ophir of her great Uncle Charlie Turner.
The museum joined the Art Walk route last summer as part of their effort to draw traffic to their temporary exhibits. Currently on display is “Sound and Vision: 125 years of art and music in Telluride.” To round out the body of antique and historical artifacts, each month throughout the exhibit’s run, the museum features a contemporary local artist. Thursday’s Art Walk serves as the premier of Robert Weatherford’s 48” x 60”oil painting, “Mining Tower.”
“This is such a unique piece, mixing mining heritage with the natural landscape,” said Erica Kinias, museum executive director. “It’s truly a great fit for our exhibit.”
Admission during the Art Walk is free and the museum will extend their hours until 8p.m. The museum is located at the top of Fir St.
Image Caption: Robert Weatherford’s “Mining Tower,” on display at the Museum throughout August.
Art Walk Features Fireside Chat and Robert WeatherfordAugust 2012
Museum Seeks Sponsors for Heritage Fest
“MUSEUM SEEKS SPONSORS FOR HERITAGE FEST ”
Museum seeks individuals and businesses to keep Heritage Fest rolling.
Telluride, Colorado (April 18, 2012) –Staff at the Telluride Historical Museum are busy planning for Heritage Fest, June 9-10, while also seeking community support.
Since inception, in 2009, Heritage Fest has been wildly successful, with thousands of families and children of all ages converging on Colorado Ave for free fun including live animals, gold panning and blacksmithing demonstrations, pie eating contests, carriage rides, Ute entertainment and historical reenactments.
According to museum Executive Director, Erica Kinias, there are new opportunities for businesses and individuals to get involved in this year’s celebration.
Like previous years, the main attraction will be the Colorado Avenue and Elks Park activities, including Ute hoop dancing and drumming, mining interactives, old fashioned contests and performances by Telluride Theatre.
The second day of Heritage Fest is an opportunity to visit the Schmid Ranch, a Centennial Farm on Wilson Mesa, about ten miles West of Telluride. The ranch has been in operation since the family homestead in 1882. The Schmid family collaborates with Heritage Fest to share their unique property with the community while showcasing a way of life that honors the land.
In the past, Heritage Fest sponsors included the Sheridan Arts Foundation and the Telluride Visitor’s Bureau. This year the museum is hosting the event without substantial outside financial support. The museum seeks to compensate for the gap left in their wake through in-kind donations, by trimming costs and also offering nine sponsorship levels that vary from a $1500 Ute Chief sponsorship to a $25 Ski Bum sponsorship.
Sponsorships help cover marketing, Ute performances, theatrical reenactments and logistical support. The museum’s goal is $3000. To date sponsors include Telluride Alpine Lodging, The Sweet Life, New Sheridan Hotel and individual donations from Sue & Chuck Cobb and Claybrook Penn. Horror Festival Director, Ted Wilson, has also emerged as a volunteer consultant.
Businesses also have an opportunity to join the festival as vendors on Colorado Ave., June 9. Those interested in sponsorships, volunteering or participating as a vendor should contact Beth Roberts at 970-728-3344×2.
Museum Seeks Sponsors for Heritage FestApril 2012Museum seeks individuals and businesses to keep Heritage Fest rolling
Museum’s New Journal Illuminated the 1970s
“MUSEUM’S NEW JOURNAL ILLUMINATES THE 1970S”
Telluride, Colorado (April 2, 2012) – When Joe Zoline, a onetime corporate lawyer living in Los Angeles, ventured to Telluride in the late 1960s, he found a mining community, nearly three hours from an airport, with a sole gas station—which closed at 5p.m. and never even opened on Sundays. But what Zoline saw were the mountains and miraculously, for he wasn’t a skier, the potential for an unmatched ski resort.
Soon, the good people of Telluride found themselves in the grocery, pharmacy and hardware stores alongside strange, young, long-haired, ski enthusiasts. By 1973 the town was bustling with a ski resort, a bluegrass festival, a robust and zany softball league, a thriving bar scene and a very distraught, six-gun touting, hippie hating, marshal: Everett Morrow. The Telluride Historical Museum’s new publication, “Telluride Tales,” gives light to it all.
Mary Duffy, past editor and chief of “Telluride Magazine,” and “Telluride and Mountain Village Visitor Guide,” took on the project at the bequest of the museum’s former Executive Director, Lauren Bloemsma. “Lauren saw the project as an opportunity to explore Telluride’s history beyond the scope of what could be shared in exhibits, lectures and programs,” said Duffy. “I saw it as a chance to document Telluride’s colorful history and recount stories that are often lost to time.”
Although the 70s have been explored in the documentary film “The YX Factor” and Davine Pera’s oral history collection (housed at the Wilkinson Public Library), this first issue of “Telluride Tales” is presented in print as first person narratives exploring the social crossroads that colored the community during a sometimes painful transition. And yes, there were drugs, sex, rock and roll, and a healthy dose of politics. As Bloemsma said, “It was a time reminiscent of the wild and tumultuous decade a century earlier, when the discovery of gold and silver ushered in the mining era and brought about the end of the Uncompahgre Utes’ domination of the region.”
Contributors to the journal include Gary Bennett, Lucy Boody, Werner Catsman, Kooster McAllister, Billy “Senior” Mahoney, Roudy Roudebush, Jeff Campbell and others. “Telluride Tales,” also features a police report, filed by Everett Morrow the morning following the infamous wet t-shirt contest at the Roma Bar.
“Talking to people who lived it, getting their stories down and developing this project was a lot of fun,” said Duffy. “I only wish I could have printed them all, but that will have to come later.” The topic of the next issue hasn’t been set in stone, but there are hundreds of interesting eras, events and characters to explore. “This is only a kernel of the great tales that are out there,” said Duffy. “For such a little community, with a relatively short history, Telluride is rich in legend and drama.”
Copies of “Telluride Tales,” are available at the Telluride Historical Museum, or receive a free copy by joining the museum’s membership here.
Museum’s New Journal Illuminated the 1970sApril 2012
Crawl, Don’t Walk, Back Into Time
“CRAWL, DON’T WALK, BACK INTO TIME”
The Telluride Historical Museum presents a Historic Pub Crawl to close out the ski season.
Telluride, Colorado (March 27, 2012) – At the turn of the last century you couldn’t swing a saloon girl in Telluride without hitting a watering hole: there were at least thirty-seven. Money and opportunity hung like a carrot on a stick, out of reach for most. Lust was rampant.
The local booster club coined the slogan, “Telluride, the town without a bellyache,” boasting that one could not want for anything in this prosperous mining town.
The town may not have had a bellyache, but it probably had a throbbing head.
Throughout prohibition: you could get a drink just about anywhere, including the Courthouse. During the 1960s, when the hospital and banks closed and only 300 locals remained, the saloons carried on. A decade later, when the ski bums and hippies bellied up, they ushered in a new era of drinking history.
On Thursday, March 29, the Telluride Historical Museum will celebrate the town’s colorful vice with a Historic Pub Crawl, a four stop tour of Telluride’s most raucous haunts.
The Crawl starts with a beer at the Telluride Historical Museum. Next slosh back beers and pizza at The Last Dollar Saloon (historically, the National Club); tour the Sheridan Opera House and Vaudeville Bar; and finish at the Sacred and Holy New Sheridan Bar. All the while, special guests illuminate the long forgotten characters, stories and traditions of Telluride’s pioneer drinkers.
Tickets include a guided tour and beer stein with historic image. Drinks (accept for the first one, at the museum) are not included. Hangovers are on the house!
IF YOU GO: RSVP in advance! $35 tickets 728-3344×2
Crawl, Don’t Walk, Back Into TimeMarch 2012The Telluride Historical Museum presents a Historic Pub Crawl to close out the ski season.
Museum Announces New Executive Director
“MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR”
Telluride, Colorado (March 22, 2012) – The Telluride Historical Museum today announced the hire of Erica Kinias as Executive Director effective April 1, 2012. Kinias will be replacing Lauren Bloemsma who recently resigned after holding the top post at the museum since April of 2005.
Kinias most recently served as Programs and Grants Manager for the Arizona Humanities Council and has held positions with the Chiddingstone Castle in Kent, England and at the Museum of London. She served as Board Secretary for the Central Arizona Museum Association and as an oral history transcriber and archivist. She has Masters Degree in Museum Studies from the University College London, and an undergraduate degree in History from Arizona State University.
“Kinias is a museum professional with a passion for community outreach,” said museum Board President, Deborah Freedman. “Lauren has set the museum on a great path and laid the groundwork for a smooth transition. Erica is a leader with the strength and vision to steer the museum forward and to the next level.”
Kinias and her husband, Thanasis, will relocate from Arizona, where Mr. Kinias teaches World History at a community college in Phoenix.
When Kinias first visited the Telluride Historical Museum, she felt immediately at home. In fact, she may even have discovered a distant relative in one of Telluride’s most famous residents: L. L. Nunn, a mine owner instrumental in bringing AC current electricity to Telluride. “We’re looking through our family tree,” said Kinias, whose maiden name is Nunn.
Kinias has worked for small museums before. For two years she managed an impressive and diverse collection of Egyptian artifacts; Japanese art and armor; medieval and early modern Buddhist art; and early British paintings and manuscripts at a country house museum in a community with only 17 people.
When Kinias visited Telluride during the interview process, she took the opportunity to ask around about the museum. “Complete strangers opened up to me. They all had wonderful things to say,” she said.
“Museums are magical. They connect people’s everyday lives with the past. I am honored to work with the museum’s talented and dedicated staff and board to share Telluride’s colorful past,” said Kinias.
Museum Announces New Executive DirectorMarch 2012
Telluride Unearthed Lecture Features Author of Ground Breaking Book
“TELLURIDE UNEARTHED LECTURE FEATURES AUTHOR OF GROUND BREAKING BOOK”
The Telluride Historical Museum, Pinhead Institute and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center collaborate to shed new light on Ancestral Pueblo Indians with author, Scott Ortman.
San Miguel County, Colorado (March 20, 2012,) – If you follow the Dolores River, not far from Telluride, you’ll eventually find yourself at the heart of one of the world’s greatest archaeological areas: The Mesa Verde region of southwestern Colorado. Inhabited by American Indians for centuries—indeed millennia—this region has the highest concentration of archaeological sites anywhere in United States. The true identity of the ancient people of Mesa Verde and where they went when they migrated from the region at the end of the 13th century remained one of the enduring mysteries of world archaeology. Until now.
“Winds From the North,” a new book—and subject of Thursday’s Telluride Unearthed lecture, by anthropologist Scott Ortman—uncovers that great mystery.
Ortman’s book—according to Dr. Mark Varien, Research and Education Chair at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center— “is the most talked about new research in Southwestern archaeology in a long time.”
Thursday’s lecture will center on Ortman’s research, specifically a problem that has been baffling archaeologist for almost 100 years: What is the relationship between ancient Pueblo Indians and the present day Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona?
For tens of thousand years, Pueblo people lived in the four corners area, just outside of Telluride, in the 13th century, within a generation, the entire society collapsed and all the villages were vacated. Ortman points out that while many areas around the Southwest had populations that appear to have grown at the same time the pueblos of the four corners were being abandoned, the buildings and artifacts in the growing communities don’t show strong connections to those of the Mesa Verde region.
“The mystery has been how to account for the patterns that don’t add up,” said Ortman, who delved into Pueblo languages, oral traditions, biological variation and a variety of archaeological data sets to bring some order to the confusing mass of evidence.
Ortman said the most satisfying aspect of his work was his time talking with contemporary Pueblo people.
“Pueblo people have very strong and consistent ideas on how they came to be, and they do seem to be reflecting on events that happened in the 13th century in the four corners, it’s just the archaeological evidence doesn’t map onto those stories directly. The key to the puzzle of my work was to reconcile what the Pueblo people have been saying all along and what archaeologists believe based on the archaeological record of these events,” said Ortman.
Varien said, “both archaeologists American Indians are really excited about the new findings in the book,” which will be available for sale at Thursday’s Lecture. Ortman is the Lightfoot Fellow at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and the Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute.
Ortman is the only scholar currently integrating historical linguistics, human biology, archaeology, and oral tradition to better-understand the histories of non-literate societies.
The Telluride Unearthed lecture will be held at 6p.m. at the Telluride Historical Museum. Admission is $5. For more information, telluridemuseum.org.
The Telluride Unearthed Lecture Series is a product of the Telluride Historical Museum’s partnership with the Pinhead Institute and the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.
Caption: Scott Ortman, Lightfoot Fellow at Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and the Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, will host a Telluride Unearthed lecture at the Museum on Thursday. His new book has been described as “the most talked about new research in Southwestern archaeology in a long time.”
Telluride Unearthed Lecture Features Author of Ground Breaking BookMarch 2012Shedding new light on Ancestral Pueblo Indians with author, Scott Ortman
Scrapple is About You
SCRAPPLE IS ABOUT YOU
The Telluride Historical Museum hosts annual screening of a cult classic film set in Telluride
Telluride, Colorado (March 13, 2012)– Life in Telluride is not completely unlike the movies. Consider the script in 1891, when the town (the first in the world) became illuminated by AC electricity. Or, a few years earlier, when a kid named Butch made off with $24,000 from a local bank. Imagine too the colorful cast at Popcorn Alley, town’s legendary Red-Light District.
On Thursday, March 15, the Telluride Historical Museum will host a special screening of “Scrapple,” a feature length film “New York Times Magazine” described as “Babe on Acid.”
Shot in under a month in 1996, “Scrapple” pokes at old-timers, realtors and drug selling ski bums in the 1970’s fictional town of Telluride, err, Ajax. The film includes familiar faces, including Ashley Boling, Bradley Blackwell, Ken “Striker” Grodberg and Christopher Hansen. Hansen, along with his brother, Geoffrey Hansen and George Plamondon wrote the film, which was inspired by a short story by another local, Sean McNamara.
For a dose of the stranger-than-fiction history of the 1970’s, pick up a copy of the museum’s new journal, “Telluride Tales,” an exploration of the decade that saw the birth of a ski resort and the death of mining.
The journal, just like the film, features a hodgepodge of young people trying to make their own way; trust funders burning money and time; real-estate entrepreneurs; old-timers; outlaws; drunks; pretty girls; and of course, a hippie hating Town Marshall.
Thursday’s screening of “Scrapple” is a fundraiser for the museum. Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 9p.m.
Scrapple is About YouMarch 2012The Telluride Historical Museum hosts annual screening of a cult classic film set in Telluride
Museum Hosts Traveling Exhibit
MUSEUM HOSTS TRAVELING EXHIBIT
The Telluride Historical Museum celebrates agricultural life, art and regional traditional artists.
Telluride, Colorado (February 07, 2012) – Harvest of Heritage, Colorado Masterpieces: Celebrating Agricultural Life and Art, an exhibit honoring over two dozen of Colorado’s master traditional artists, will open at the Telluride Historical Museum on February 16 with a special reception for museum members.
The exhibit has traveled across the state and was even displayed at the Colorado State Fair.
Harvest of Heritage includes wheat art, leather and rawhide braiding, Mexican fabric art, woodcarving, Japanese paper art and ornamental iron work. An interpretive display features photographs and information about those and many other art forms including stained glass work, quilt making, painting and weaving. All of the featured artists have links to Colorado’s rich agricultural heritage and their stories bring our state’s history to life.
Having met the highest standards of the Colorado Creative Industries’ Cultural Heritage Program, many of the featured artists have been awarded state grants and fellowships to help them preserve, present, and celebrate their traditional art forms. Two have received the National Endowment for the Arts’ highest honor for our nation’s tradition bearers, and many serve as master artists passing on skills and knowledge to the next generation of apprentices.
The exhibit also includes photos and information about projects—supported through Colorado Creative Industries’ various grant programs—which contribute to the preservation and promotion of Colorado’s cultural heritage.
In attendance for the Exhibit Opening will be Ronna Lee Sharp, the exhibit’s curator and one of Colorado’s three regional folklorists.
Harvest of Heritage is presented by Colorado Creative Industries, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces Program and created and toured by the Museum of Western Colorado.
Harvest of Heritage will be on display until the museum closes at the end of the ski season.
Museum Hosts Traveling ExhibitFebruary 2012The Telluride Historical Museum celebrates agricultural life, art and regional traditional artists.
39 Years of the Ski Resort Celebrated
39 YEARS OF THE SKI RESORT CELEBRATED
Greg Stump’s long-awaited final cut of “Legend of Aahhh’s,” to premiere.
Telluride, Colorado (January 31, 2012) – The Sheridan Arts Foundation, Telluride Historical Museum, Bootdoctors and Travis Julia Presents will celebrate the Telluride Ski Resort’s 39th anniversary, at the Sheridan Opera House, on February 9 and 10 with two nights of special guests and world premieres, including a highly anticipated debut of a Greg Stump original ski film.
The first of the two premieres will debut “Super Cut: 39 Years of Telluride in Ski Movies,” an epic montage of ski footage shot in and around Telluride, vintage commercials and movie scenes featuring locals. Dean Rolley, Telluride’s resident Audio Visual guru, has spent months splicing together footage along with local ski film icon Scott Kennett and Travis Julia.
“We’re going to unveil some really good stuff, including the Winter Olympic Visa commercials; three different beer commercials and an MTV video featuring Roudy Roudebush as a pilot and a cameo from Ruby the mountain lion,” said Rolley.
Films featured in “Super Cut,” include a spattering of Warren Miller classics; “Scrapple,” a fictional story set in Telluride; and Greg Stump’s “The Good, The Rad, and The Gnarly,” “Maltese Flamingo,” and “Blizzard of Aahhh’s.”
Rolley, who boasts an impressive library of his own, received additional gems from the archives of Scott Ransom and Tim Territo.
Kennett, famous for skiing in films alongside his dog Zudnick, and Stump, who helped put the ski resort on the map, will be in attendance to introduce segments.
The following night, February 10, Stump will unveil his long-awaited, semi-autobiographical “Legend of Aahhh’s.”
Stump is best known for his 1988 flick, “Blizzard of Aahhh’s,” which prominently featured Telluride and was voted “Number One Ski Film of All Time,” by the Ski Channel and Skiing Magazine.
Stump’s films are widely credited for moving ski films from the documentary genre and into the action film genre.
“Blizzard of Aahhh’s” started it all!” said Travis Julia. “It was not only the first glimpse of extreme skiing, but a window into the future of skiing movies.”
Twenty five years after his breakthrough film, Stump returns to his stomping grounds to explore the history of ski film—from Leni Riefenstahl’s first ski movie in the 1930’s through today’s sponsor-drenched, high-definition thrillers—and document the influence the genre has had on big-mountain skiing, pop culture, and the birth of the extreme sports movement.
With interviews from Warren Miller, Dick Barrymore, Otto Lang, John Jay and Klaus Obermeyer, paired with ski turns from Scot Schmidt, Glen Plake, Mike Hattrup, Lynne Wieland, and others; Stump’s latest film promises to shed new light on the evolution of skiing and ski film production.
And with a soundtrack from Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real—that’s Willie Nelson’s 22 year-old prodigal son and his ripping band—Fort Knox Five, and Bran Van 3000, “Legend” is in a genre of its own.
Tickets are $15 a piece per night and benefit the Sheridan Arts Foundation and Telluride Historical Museum. Shows are general admission, and all ages are welcome. Tickets can be purchased online at sheridanoperahouse.com or by calling the Sheridan Opera House box office at 970.728.6363 x5.
39 Years of the Ski Resort CelebratedJanuary 2012Greg Stump’s long-awaited final cut of “Legend of Aahhh’s,” to premiere.
The Roots of Modern Civilization, in Our Own Backyard
THE ROOTS OF MODERN CIVILIZATION, IN OUR BACKYARD
Telluride Historical Museum and Pinhead Institute offer lecture on Mesa Verde’s Neolithic Revolution
Telluride, Colorado (January 16, 2012) – Perhaps the world’s best documented case of the Neolithic Revolution, which marked the shift from hunting and gathering to agriculture—possibly the most important transformation in human history—can be found in our own backyard: southwestern Colorado’s Mesa Verde region.
On Thursday, the Telluride Historical Museum and Pinhead Institute will host a Telluride Unearthed lecture exploring the roots of modern civilization in the Mesa Verde Region. During the vast majority of our time on earth, humans subsisted by hunting wild animals and collecting wild plants. About 10,000 years ago, people created the first domesticated foods. Agriculture developed independently in places like Papua New Guinea, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, and specifically at Mesa Verde, where maize farming was introduced.
Dr. Mark Varien, Chair of Research and Education at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado, will host the lecture. His work in the Mesa Verde region dates back to 1979. “The Pueblo Indians are some of the world’s most innovative and resilient societies,” said Varien.
The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center has conducted research into the deep history of Pueblo peoples since its founding in 1983. The origins of Pueblo society in the Mesa Verde region is the focus of the Center’s newest research initiative: The Basketmaker Communities Project, a multi-year excavation project focused on a dense concentration of sites dating to the Basketmaker III period (A.D. 600 – 725).
“We’ll be discussing the era when the first public architecture—great kivas—were invented. These buildings were used for community activities rather than domestic activities,” said Varien.
The Center’s plans include excavations at the Dillard Site, the location of the only known great kiva in the Mesa Verde region. Varien will speak about the project, share what deep Pueblo Indian history is being uncovered and discuss what the new research tells us about the Neolithic Revolution.
Telluride Unearthed is a collaborative lecture series intended to illuminate history through the lens of science. 2012 marks the seven years of collaboration between the museum and the Pinhead Institute.
The lecture begins at 6p.m., at the museum. Admission is $5. For more information visit telluridemuseum.org.