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San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org Museums of the San Luis Valley
www.MuseumTrail.org supports the efforts of 20 museums located within the San Luis Valley, and our neighboring towns of Lake City and La Veta, Colorado @ www.museumtrail.org Museums are: Crestone Historical Museum, Fort Garland Museum, San Luis Culture Center and Museum, Jack Dempsey Museum, Sanford Museum, SLV-Alamosa Museum, Veterans Homelake Museum, Monte Vista Historical Society Museum, Saguache County Museum, Rio Grande County Museum, Hazard House Museum, Transportation of the West Museum, Creede Historical Society, Creede Underground Mining Museum, Conejos County Museum, Francisco Fort, Hinsdale County, Old Spanish Trail

Call for Artists: "The objective of this project is to commemorate an important national milestone in overcoming educati...
06/05/2019
Call for Artists

Call for Artists:
"The objective of this project is to commemorate an important national milestone in overcoming educational segregation. The purpose it to bring awareness of our local history, to visually recognize this historical court case and remind local youth that they will be treated equally in the eyes of the law."

https://www.museumtrail.org/news/call-for-artists

Deadline: must be postmarked or received online by June 30th, 2019 Project Summary The nation’s earliest and unheralded victory in the war against educational segregation took place in the San Luis...

So happy for the town of San Luis and their work towards becoming a Main Street Affiliate with Colorado Main Street.  Th...
06/03/2019

So happy for the town of San Luis and their work towards becoming a Main Street Affiliate with Colorado Main Street. Thanks to the town of San Luis for your efforts and Colorado Preservation, Inc. for your assistance. Such a great town! So full of history, heritage and culture representing the very beginnings of Colorado. "Where Colorado Began"

Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center San Luis Valley Historical Society The Town of San Luis, CO. #wherecoloradobegan #southerncolorado

We recently visited San Luis, on a joint visit with Colorado Preservation, Inc.. Not only are they the Oldest Town in Colorado, but they are one of our newest Main Street Affiliate communities. The heart of town includes several historic churches, signature businesses, local art, historic sites, a county courthouse, and a cultural center! We had the opportunity to learn more about the town's history and presented to a wonderful group of people about the Main Street program. We hope to visit again soon. Costilla County, Colorado San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org San Luis Valley Historical Society History Colorado Visit San Luis Valley, Colorado San Luis Valley Local Colorado Department of Local Affairs Main Street America

"With this proclamation, the state government recognizes dark skies as a valuable resource in Colorado and identifies li...
06/03/2019
Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

"With this proclamation, the state government recognizes dark skies as a valuable resource in Colorado and identifies light pollution as an economic, environmental, and cultural issue worth addressing."

Dark Skies are a part of our culture! Come over to the Mystic San Luis Valley and check out our dark skies to be enjoyed in areas in and around the Rio Grande National Forest or the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve!

With this proclamation, the state government recognizes dark skies as a valuable resource in Colorado and identifies light pollution as an economic, environmental, and cultural issue worth addressing.

"With snow still looming in the nearby San Juan Mountains, Lake City prepares for a deadly spring runoffEarlier in the w...
06/03/2019
With snow still looming in the nearby San Juan Mountains, Lake City prepares for a deadly spring runoff

"With snow still looming in the nearby San Juan Mountains, Lake City prepares for a deadly spring runoff

Earlier in the week, a group of volunteers had moved portions of the Hinsdale County Museum’s collection to trailers ready to be pulled to higher ground if necessary."

The Colorado Sun Hinsdale County Museum Lake City, Colorado Hinsdale County, Colorado
https://coloradosun.com/2019/05/28/floods-lake-city-snowpack-colorado/

Hinsdale County residents aren’t waiting for the deluge. They’ll leave if they must, but for now they’re making their stand -- with sandbags.

05/29/2019
The Land of my Grandmothers — BirdConservancy.org

A wonderful story about our home!

"Nested between southern Colorado’s expansive San Juan Mountains and the awe-inspiring Sangre De Cristos, lies a valley the size of Massachusetts. From tales of conquistadors to myths of alien landings and Colorado’s oldest water right, the San Luis Valley encompasses a rich history, tantalizing folklore and people who live dedicated to their land. This is the place that my grandmother’s great-grandmother and I call home." Emily Chavez Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

A San Luis Valley native, Emily Chavez has just begun her work with Bird Conservancy and Natural Resources Conservation Service in Alamosa, Colorado.

https://birdconservancy.org/land-of-my-grandmothers/?fbclid=IwAR15sspFWJ54CvpB7Hx3sYpLR4Myc2vAcggZJzEEAoCb1kmzN7JOg0iy5Lo

Emily Chavez recently began a new chapter in her life in a familiar setting. Here in the San Luis Valley, the land of her ancestors, she has 'rediscovered' a special place that is close to her heart. Emily shares her story of how heritage, imparted wisdom and new knowledge are coming together to fur...

The Monte Vista Historical Society Museum is open for its summer season.  It will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays till L...
05/28/2019

The Monte Vista Historical Society Museum is open for its summer season. It will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays till Labor Day.

Monte Vista Historical Society opens tomorrow at 11:00.

We will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday until Labor Day.

"The City of Creede has designated the tri-park area as Ed Hargraves Park. This is for his outstanding service and contr...
05/20/2019
Ed Hargraves Park ribbon-cutting May 27

"The City of Creede has designated the tri-park area as Ed Hargraves Park. This is for his outstanding service and contributions to our community for 70 years."

"Ed and his mother Lillian ran the Creede Hotel from 1947 to 1968. He became the postmaster Creede in the early 1960s until 1984. He was president of the school board, president of the Creede Rotary, president of the upper Rio Grande Fish and Game Association, president of the Creede Historical Society..."

https://alamosanews.com/article/ed-hargraves-park-ribbon-cutting-may-27

The City of Creede has designated the tri-park area including the community garden, skateboard park, and softball field as Ed Hargraves Park.

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’ -- The Old Spanish Trail is a historic trade route connecting northern New Mexico...
05/17/2019
Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’

Traipsin’, tradin’ and explorin’ -- The Old Spanish Trail is a historic trade route connecting northern New Mexico settlements in the Santa Fe vicinity with Hispaño settlements in southern California,...

This 700-mile-long trail is an important part of Pagosa Country [and the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado] history because for decades traders clip-clopped back and forth across the southwestern part of Pagosa Country [and the San Luis Valley], mostly to sell cotton in Los Angeles and horses in New Mexico.

Pagosa Springs, Colorado The Pagosa Springs SUN newspaper Old Spanish Trail - La Vereda del Norte Chapter Old Spanish National Historic Trail Old Spanish Trail Monument Colorado North Branch Chapter Old Spanish Trail
http://www.pagosasun.com/traipsin-tradin-and-explorin-9/

Photo courtesy John M. MotterCounty Judge Fil Byrne is showing his age here in his courthouse office circa 1932. Byrne was one of the early county pioneers, having arrived circa 1878, when he served as the first local school teacher and first superintendent of county schools. Throughout his long car...

Kali Fajardo-Anstine will be reading from her book, Friday, May 24 at the Narrow Gauge Book Cooperative in Alamosa from ...
05/13/2019

Kali Fajardo-Anstine will be reading from her book, Friday, May 24 at the Narrow Gauge Book Cooperative in Alamosa from her debut collection of short stories, "Sabrina & Corina"

Kali grew up in Denver, but has roots in the San Luis Valley.

This event is co-hosted by Community Foundation of the San Luis Valley, Fort Garland Museum, and Narrow Gauge Book Cooperative.

"The nation’s earliest and longest-unheralded victory in the war against educational segregation took place in the San...
05/13/2019
Landmark school desegregation suit recalled

"The nation’s earliest and longest-unheralded victory in the war against educational segregation took place in the San Luis Valley between 1912 and 1914..."

Here is an article from 2018 for more info on this topic: https://conejoscountycitizen.com/article/landmark-school-desegregation-suit-won-locally

#segregation #desegregation #mexicans #unheraldedvictory #education Sylvia Lobato #conejoscounty
https://conejoscountycitizen.com/article/landmark-school-desegregation-suit-recalled

The nation’s earliest and longest-unheralded victory in the war against educational segregation took place in the San Luis Valley between 1912 and 1914 and the big winners were Alamosa’s children

Great news about the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.  It is now an official Dark Sky Park under the guideli...
05/10/2019

Great news about the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. It is now an official Dark Sky Park under the guidelines set by the International Dark Sky Association.

"Great Sand Dunes NPP has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park! This designation is the result of years of data collection, successful efforts to reduce light pollution in and near the park, and night sky programs at the park amphitheater."

https://www.nps.gov/grsa/learn/news/index.htm?fbclid=IwAR3xBkpRC0olAQFx_1sg6NtFEPLbtFmpez5bEXFsBgLhs7ZCE_3u3UfHFcs

Great Sand Dunes NPP has been designated as an International Dark Sky Park! This designation is the result of years of data collection, successful efforts to reduce light pollution in and near the park, and night sky programs at the park amphitheater. Learn more on our News page:
https://www.nps.gov/grsa/learn/news/index.htm

Photo of Milky Way over Great Sand Dunes:
NPS/Patrick Myers

#GreatSandDunes #NightSky #MilkyWay #ParkAfterDark #HalfTheParkIsAfterDark #Stars #Starlight #InternationalDarkSkyAssociation #InternationalDarkSkyPark #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Rio Grande County Museum will feature the art work of Darwin Thompson carvings starting on May 14th. On May 18th the mus...
05/09/2019
Darwin Thompson then Day with Museum Staff

Rio Grande County Museum will feature the art work of Darwin Thompson carvings starting on May 14th. On May 18th the museum will featured a Day With Museum Staff.

The gallery room at the Rio Grande County Museum will be filled with the artistic creations of art work of Darwin Thompson will be on display for two weeks. Mr. Thompson show will feature carvings that he has called “Traders and Trappers”. This will also be the opening of a museum exhibit of “Trails, Traders and Trappers”. Mr. Thompson’s exhibit will start May 14th and run for two weeks.

The events continue on May 18th with a “Day with the Museum Staff” that will start at 10am with tours.

https://www.museumtrail.org/news/museum-to-host-darwin-thompson-and

The gallery room at the Rio Grande County Museum will be filled with the artistic creations of art work of Darwin Thompson will be on display for two weeks. Mr. Thompson show will feature carvings...

Rio Grande County Museum and Fort Garland Museum are pleased to announce their participation in the nationwide Blue Star...
05/08/2019

Rio Grande County Museum and Fort Garland Museum are pleased to announce their participation in the nationwide Blue Star Program. The Blue Star program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across the United States. This is the tenth season for this program and Rio Grande County Museum has participated for seven seasons. The following museums in southern Colorado are participating:

Rio Grande County Museum
Fort Garland Museum

Read more at:
https://www.museumtrail.org/news/free-admission-for-veterans

"The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR) announces several events taking place next year during 2020 to celebrate ...
05/06/2019
Cumbres & Toltec Railroad to Offer Special Events for 50th Anniversary – Pagosa Daily Post News Events & Video for Pagosa Springs Colorado

"The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR) announces several events taking place next year during 2020 to celebrate its 50th Anniversary of operation and joint ownership by the states of #Colorado and #NewMexico.

In 1970, Colorado Governor John Love and New Mexico Governor David Cargo signed an historic agreement to purchase the line between Chama, NM and Antonito, CO from the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad to operate as a scenic and historic tourist railroad.

Originally built in 1880, the railroad is part of the Denver & Rio Grande Western, San Juan extension, designed to connect silver mining towns in the San Juan Mountains with Denver. It was traveled by Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and nearly every famous outlaw and gunman in the Old West. Today, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the nation’s longest, highest and most authentic railroad.

Read more about the 50th Annie events...

Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad #ColoradoGovernor #GovernorJohnLove #GovernorDavidCargo #JohnLove #DavidCargo #50thanniversary #trains Chama, New Mexico Train Stop Gifts Antonito CO #WyattEarp #DocHolliday #DandRGWR Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad
https://pagosadailypost.com/2019/04/29/cumbres-toltec-railroad-to-offer-special-events-for-50th-anniversary/

Cumbres & Toltec Railroad to Offer Special Events for 50th Anniversary by Special to the Post · April 29, 2019 By Joy Meadows The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (C&TSRR) announces several events taking place next year during 2020 to celebrate its 50th Anniversary of operation and joint ownership ...

Honoring a story never told, the Rio Grande County Board of County Commissioners opened their meeting on Wednesday, Apri...
05/03/2019
Commissioners recognize WWII veteran

Honoring a story never told, the Rio Grande County Board of County Commissioners opened their meeting on Wednesday, April 24 with a presentation from Suzanne and Gordon Off recognizing Virgil Simon Off for his service in World War II....

https://www.museumtrail.org/news/commissioners-recognize-wwii-veteran

Honoring a story never told, the Rio Grande County Board of County Commissioners opened their meeting on Wednesday, April 24 with a presentation from Suzanne and Gordon Off recognizing Virgil Simon...

100th Anniversary -- It will be 100 years this July 4th when Jack won his title by savagely beating Jess Williard. Here ...
05/01/2019
Jack Dempsey Museum

100th Anniversary -- It will be 100 years this July 4th when Jack won his title by savagely beating Jess Williard. Here in Manassa they will be celebrating this landmark victory!

They are looking for vendors and volunteers to come help put on a celebration worthy of this great man. They'd also love to have some exhibition boxing matches, have a boxer or two to teach a few moves to spectators, etc. If you can help please comment or message them at Jack Dempsey Museum. And please share! Let's celebrate Jack's great win together!

It will be 100 years this July 4th when Jack won his title by savagely beating Jess Williard. Here in Manassa we're celebrating this landmark victory! We're looking for vendors and volunteers to come help put on a celebration worthy of this great man. We'd also love to have some exhibition boxing matches, have a boxer or two to teach a few moves to spectators, etc. If you can help please comment or message this page. And please share! Let's celebrate Jack's great win together!

Metz Family Farm -- Centennial Farm -- Each year History Colorado honor farms that have reached 100 years old and have s...
04/30/2019

Metz Family Farm -- Centennial Farm -- Each year History Colorado honor farms that have reached 100 years old and have stayed in the same family that entire time!

The Metz family farm of the San Luis Valley received honors in the Centennial Farms & Ranches program last year (2018). In 1917, newlyweds Raymond and Mable Metz purchased their farm. Early on they established themselves as innovators in the local potato industry....

🚜 Each year we honor farms that have reached 100 years old and have stayed in the same family that entire time! We are looking to honor farms this year, so if you know of a family farm like this one, send them to us.

The Metz family farm of the San Luis Valley received honors in the Centennial Farms & Ranches program last year. In 1917, newlyweds Raymond and Mable Metz purchased their land to establish their farm. Early on they established themselves as innovators in the local potato industry. 🥔 They also raised sheep and farmed barley and alfafa. 🐏 Ray even built and operated the first refrigerated storage facility in the Valley.

The farming operation would continue to expand under the guidance of their son Kenneth and his wife Virginia. In 1972, Kenneth and Virginia's oldest son and wife (Bill and Peggy) purchased a quarter of the land with the help of uncle Jack Bond, establishing the Bond Metz Farms in addition to the Metz Potato Company.

Sadly, in 1986 a devastating fire affected the warehouse, farming equipment and a portion of the potato crop. However, they recovered and Bond Metz Farms continued to thrive and has since expanded to produce 240 acres of potatoes and 240 acres of barley each year.

The Metz Potato Company is now managed by Greg, fourth-generation Metz family member, and the farm processes and packages 750,000 cwt (hundredweight) of potatoes annually.

📷: Raymond Metz, photos of the farm over the years, Bill Metz

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1414 2nd St.
Alamosa, CO
81101

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00

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(719) 580-4346

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