San Luis Valley Museum

San Luis Valley Museum Telling the tales of the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado.

The 18th All-Valley Student Art Show is set for May 3-11th with the Awards Ceremony to be held on May 5th.  This event f...
04/18/2019

The 18th All-Valley Student Art Show is set for May 3-11th with the Awards Ceremony to be held on May 5th. This event features the art of Middle - High School students from around the Valley. Great opportunity to see the work of the Valley's future artists.

TONIGHT! Don't forget to join us at 6pm as we kick-off our spring lecture series with "The Other Slavery" by Andres Rese...
03/07/2019

TONIGHT! Don't forget to join us at 6pm as we kick-off our spring lecture series with "The Other Slavery" by Andres Resendez at Fort Garland Museum

TONIGHT! Don't forget to join us at 6pm as we kick-off our spring lecture series with "The Other Slavery" by Andres Resendez.

Dr. Resendez spoke last night at El Pueblo History Museum and we've heard that it's a talk you won't want to miss. We hope to see you this evening!

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Fort Lewis College will be hosting a lecture: “Spare No Pain: Zebulon Pike’s Adventures in the Rocky Mountains” wi...
02/25/2019

Fort Lewis College will be hosting a lecture: “Spare No Pain: Zebulon Pike’s Adventures in the Rocky Mountains” with Dr. Jared Orsi, 7p.m., on Tuesday February 26th, Room 130, Noble Hall, cost: free.

Photo credit: History of Iowa

The San Luis Valley might be home to another National Trail. "Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved a major lands bill..Mor...
02/14/2019
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

The San Luis Valley might be home to another National Trail. "Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved a major lands bill..More than 100 separate pieces of legislation were folded into the Natural Resource Management Act that passed the Senate on Tuesday, including 10 affecting Colorado....

Among the Colorado measures in the bill are authorizations to have explorer Zebulon Pike’s route across the Southwest be considered for the National Trails System;.." The Valley is currently home to the Old Spanish Trail National Historic Trail.

"Yesterday the U.S. Senate approved a major lands bill..More than 100 separate pieces of legislation were folded into the Natural Resource Management Act that passed the Senate on Tuesday (02/12), including 10 affecting Colorado....The program has a direct impact on public lands in Colorado and will be used to protect our state’s natural beauty for generations,”

The bill may also include designation of another National Trail in the San Luis Valley. --- "Among the Colorado measures in the bill are authorizations to have explorer Zebulon Pike’s route across the Southwest be considered for the National Trails System;.." The Valley is currently home to the Old Spanish Trail National Historic Trail.

#ZebulonPike #slv #pikesstockade #sanluisvalley #nationaltrails #naturalresources #colorado Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways Old Spanish Trail - La Vereda del Norte Chapter Old Spanish National Historic Trail Sanford Museum
https://www.chieftain.com/news/20190212/us-senate-approves-major-lands-bill

01/07/2019
Visit San Luis Valley, Colorado

Thank you Visit San Luis Valley, Colorado for putting together this video! Beautiful scenery from around the Valley.

Happy New Year to all our U.S. and International friends! Enjoy a recap of some of the views from around the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado.

#ConjeosCanyon Monte Vista Crane Festival #WagonWheelGap South Fork Visitor Center #pooltablemountain #MonteVista Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce City of Monte Vista, CO City of Alamosa Visit Alamosa Colorado Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve #RioGrande #blancamassif Del Norte, Colorado Visit Creede Creede, Colorado #Antonito The Town of San Luis, CO. #SanLuis #NorthClearCreekFalls #WolfCreekSki
Photo credits:
Peter Ismert Patrick Myers Jim O'Donnell Scott Hizny #DanHarvey Christi Bode Bob Trower Yaël Photography John McEvoy Eric J Carpio Kat Hazleton Olance Lena Marie Larry J Vigil Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Wolf Creek Ski Area Michael Garcia Theresa Spector Sylvia Lobato Mike Blakeman

Free Veterans Coffee Break from 8:30-11:00 every Thursday morning. Veterans, families, and friends are always welcome.
12/13/2018

Free Veterans Coffee Break from 8:30-11:00 every Thursday morning. Veterans, families, and friends are always welcome.

Free Veterans Coffee Break from 8:30-11:00 every Thursday morning. Veterans, families, and friends are always welcome.
11/28/2018

Free Veterans Coffee Break from 8:30-11:00 every Thursday morning. Veterans, families, and friends are always welcome.

We have lots of wonderful holiday gifts in the museum's gift shop. Did we mention we also have a Penny Press Machine!  S...
11/20/2018

We have lots of wonderful holiday gifts in the museum's gift shop. Did we mention we also have a Penny Press Machine! Stop on by 10-4pm Tues-Sat.

Veterans Day exhibit continues be celebrated at our Museum till Nov 25th. Valley veterans and veterans of Valley familie...
11/17/2018

Veterans Day exhibit continues be celebrated at our Museum till Nov 25th. Valley veterans and veterans of Valley families will be especially honored with displays of their stories, photographs, uniforms and other memorabilia.

The Museum is located at 401 Hunt Avenue in Alamosa. We are open Tues - Sat from 10-4pm. It is the proud sponsor of the Women Veterans of the San Luis Valley and host of the free Veterans Coffee Break from 8:30-11:00 every Thursday morning. Veterans, families, and friends are always welcome.

10/09/2018
History Colorado

New exhibit coming to History Colorado.

"Written on the Land, an exhibit opening this winter, tells the stories of Colorado’s longest continuous residents from the perspectives and in the voices of today’s Ute people.

TODAY we launch our first-ever crowdfunding campaign to help keep these stories alive! All donations will be matched by a generous donor, and, as a thank you, those who give $10 or more will be recognized on social media and our website.

Please join us and help spread the word! Let's demonstrate Colorado's commitment together." h-co.org/utevoices

The stories of Indigenous people have often been told by those who invaded their territories. We’re working on changing that.

Written on the Land, an exhibit opening this winter, tells the stories of Colorado’s longest continuous residents from the perspectives and in the voices of today’s Ute people. As our Director of Exhibit Planning Shannon Voirol puts it in this video, "We aren't experts on Ute history, Ute people are." We've worked for years with tribal representatives and are so excited to be bringing their story to Denver.

TODAY we launch our first-ever crowdfunding campaign to help keep these stories alive! All donations will be matched by a generous donor, and, as a thank you, those who give $10 or more will be recognized on social media and our website.

Please join us and help spread the word! Let's demonstrate Colorado's commitment together. h-co.org/utevoices

Alamosa history at the Emperius Block that includes our much loved Milagros Coffee House
09/28/2018

Alamosa history at the Emperius Block that includes our much loved Milagros Coffee House

The Emperius Block in Alamosa is associated with prominent citizen Herman Emperius (1874-1932), who served four terms as Alamosa's mayor and 29 years as a county commissioner. Emperius also dabbled in downtown real estate, constructing the two-story, red brick building in 1908 that we refer to today as the Emperius Block. Its uniform red brick construction is typical of the early 20th century commercial-style buildings constructed in downtown Alamosa's boom years.

The Emperius Block has been an anchor of Alamosa's downtown since its construction. It served as home to the J.W. Palmer Meat Market, a studio for noted Colorado photographer O.T. Davis, temporary offices for the First American National Bank, and offices for the town, the Alamosa Empire newspaper, and State Senator Billy Adams. Expansion projects later brought a car dealership and even a popular bowling alley to the property.

The building is still in use today as a commercial center with retail services, offices, and a barbershop. It is most notably a home for offices of nonprofits San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, Volunteers of America Colorado, and the Southern Colorado Community Foundation—all of which serve the residents of the valley.

La Puente Home, Inc., a nonprofit serving the poor and homeless in the San Luis Valley, also uses the prime location of the building for their social enterprise, Milagros Coffee House.

In an effort to make the location attractive to travelers, preserve history, and enhance downtown Alamosa, La Puente is using a History Colorado State Historical Fund grant to return the Emperius to its original historic appearance. This grant for $200,000 will fund extensive and necessary exterior work that will help keep this vital resource in use and restore its invaluable historic character.

#PreserveCO

Bill Brown accompanies Mac McFadden, left, to view a birthday cake in honor of his 99th birthday. The celebration was he...
09/04/2018
Mac celebrates 99th

Bill Brown accompanies Mac McFadden, left, to view a birthday cake in honor of his 99th birthday. The celebration was held at the San Luis Valley Museum in Alamosa on Thursday. Mac’s birthday is Monday. He is a World War II veteran who served as division engineer in the Division of Water Resources for many years.

The Company of Friends performs during Mac McFadden's 99th birthday party at the San Luis Valley Museum on Thursday morning.

https://alamosanews.com/article/mac-celebrates-99th

Bill Brown accompanies Mac McFadden, left, to view a birthday cake in honor of his 99th birthday.

You have 7 more days to be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participat...
08/28/2018
www.museumgiveaway.org

You have 7 more days to be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participating museums. Visit the museums between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends in southern Colorado and the San Luis Valley to get your card stamped. www.museumgiveaway.org

Hot off the presses! The San Luis Valley Heritage brochure “San Luis Valley: The Cradle of Colorado” is ready to be ...
07/26/2018

Hot off the presses! The San Luis Valley Heritage brochure “San Luis Valley: The Cradle of Colorado” is ready to be enjoyed. This beautiful 16-page brochure provides Valley residents and visitors alike journeys to explore all the Valley has to offer in its culture, history and heritage. The brochure holds six travel itineraries designed to lead readers on a journey to distinct sites throughout the #SLV including Antonito, La Jara, Sanford, and Manassa.

Pick up a copy at any of our 19 museum members
(www.museumtrail.org/museums), or at the Valley’s Visitor Centers in Ft Garland, San Luis, Antonito, Saguache, Monte Vista, Del Norte, Creede, and South Fork; and the Colorado Welcome Center – Alamosa.

https://alamosanews.com/article/new-heritage-brochure-now-available

Memory Workshop -- When: Sunday, July 29, from 2-4 pmWhere: Fort Garland Museum, 29477 Highway 159 in Fort Garland, COHe...
07/25/2018

Memory Workshop -- When: Sunday, July 29, from 2-4 pm
Where: Fort Garland Museum, 29477 Highway 159 in Fort Garland, CO

Help tell your stories at this workshop. "This memory workshop will help develop the next phase of the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit. We need your help. Your memories and family history of the San Luis Valley are very important to the history of Colorado." Estevan Rael-Galvez sponsored by History Colorado

When: Sunday, July 29, from 2-4 pm
Where: Fort Garland Museum, 29477 Highway 159 in Fort Garland

This is a special invitation to an event this weekend at Fort Garland Museum with Estevan Rael-Galvez, former State Historian of New Mexico and partner on the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit development. Here is a message from him:

I am honored and excited to work in partnership with History Colorado and especially to work with the residents of the San Luis Valley to begin the project — 'gathering memory.' It reminds me of something I once wrote, which remains true today and of this initiative:

"History is worth remembering. Here, remembering the past is like opening a gift. Remembering invites us to listen to what we hear and to look at what we see, it also invites us to pull back the layers that make it contested—people, places,moments in time and the stories that reveal the fullness of the human condition. Yet, like any gift worth holding onto, it also carries a responsibility. We must be able to learn from those that have gone before us and we must be able to teach our children to appreciate the value of this historical understanding. It will invite them, in turn, to make History that is also worth remembering.
- Estevan

This memory workshop will help develop the next phase of the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit. We need your help. Your memories and family history of the San Luis Valley are very important to the history of Colorado.

Starting Friday, July 13th - First Thanksgiving!  Click to read story!Friday, 6pm: Dennis Lopez to make a presentation.S...
07/11/2018
First Thanksgiving in July

Starting Friday, July 13th - First Thanksgiving! Click to read story!

Friday, 6pm: Dennis Lopez to make a presentation.

Saturday, Jul 14th:
12:30: Lunch at the American Legion (514 4th St)
2:30pm - at the Museum -- Music, dance, exhibits & dessert. Music performed by: Los Cancioneros del Valle

https://www.museumtrail.org/news/first-thanksgiving-in-july

​by Joyce Gunn, manager ​San Luis Valley Museum-Alamosa Many years ago, when I started working at the San Luis Valley Museum, I read a lot about the history of the Valley. I learned about the...

You could be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participating museums. V...
06/21/2018
www.museumtrail.org

You could be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participating museums. Visit the museums between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends in southern Colorado and the San Luis Valley to get your card stamped. www.museumgiveaway.org

Get your punchcard here for the 2018 Museum Giveaway! You could be 1 of 3 winners of 2 - $50 gift certificates (1-$50 fo...
05/26/2018
www.museumgiveaway.org

Get your punchcard here for the 2018 Museum Giveaway! You could be 1 of 3 winners of 2 - $50 gift certificates (1-$50 for City Market and 1-$50 for shopping at the museums' gift shops). We are open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm. Get more details @ www.museumgiveaway.org

On Sunday, May 20, at 1pm -- there will be a showing of three short historic preservation videos presented by the Alamos...
05/19/2018

On Sunday, May 20, at 1pm -- there will be a showing of three short historic preservation videos presented by the Alamosa Historic Preservation Advisory Committee at the San Luis Valley Museum, 401 Hunt Avenue, Alamosa, starting at 1 p.m. Learn how Alamosa has been blessed with a strong historic fabric adding to both sense of place and an attractive economic environment. Contact Don Thompson at [email protected] or 719-587-5529.

Photo: the recently designated historic Wayside Stage Stop

May is Preservation Month - to celebrate this there will be a walking tour of downtown Alamosa, Colorado on Sunday, May ...
05/11/2018
www.alamosa.org

May is Preservation Month - to celebrate this there will be a walking tour of downtown Alamosa, Colorado on Sunday, May 13th at 1pm beginning at the flagpole by City Hall. Please bring water and sun protection as needed. Learn how historic preservation provides a sense of place. Contact Don Thompson at [email protected] or 719-587-5529. #thisplacematters

Here is a brochure you can print to see where you will be walking and the historic buildings you'll be learning about.

http://www.alamosa.org/images/alamosa/files/Walking_Tour_Web.pdf?_ga=2.261165325.1237656054.1526009698-184778923.1526009698

New book -- The Important Things -- by People-First San Luis Valley!
05/11/2018
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

New book -- The Important Things -- by People-First San Luis Valley!

“The Important Things” tells the stories of San Luis Valley People First members on topics ranging from home to work and hobbies to relationships. It is an important book to read “because it will be interesting for you guys to read. You won’t get bored,” Lionel said, and Karie added, “because we are people with disabilities and we have our own story to tell you.”

A great book to add to anyone's collection! "Published locally by O&V Printing, which provided a good deal for the group, books are available for a suggested $25 donation by contacting SLV People First Advisor Mary Russell at 719-580-4029."

#empowerment #ourownstory #sanluisvalley #peoplefirst #independence Anna Collins Alamosa Valley Courier #disabilities #perseverance #determination
https://alamosanews.com/article/slv-people-first-publishes-first-book

18th All-Valley Art Show featuring the work of middle school and high school students from across the #SanLuisValley is ...
05/01/2018

18th All-Valley Art Show featuring the work of middle school and high school students from across the #SanLuisValley is set for Sunday, May 6th from 1-4pm.

This was a great opportunity to hear what others are doing around the Valley to preserve the Valley's history.  A specia...
04/29/2018
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

This was a great opportunity to hear what others are doing around the Valley to preserve the Valley's history. A special thanks to the San Luis Valley Museum Association for pulling this event together.
www.museumtrail.org

First SLV-HUG a big success! Lots of new connections made, updates provided, and assistance offered by all! A special thanks to Kat Hazleton Olance for organizing the event and helping to bring the Valley's preservationists together. The group voted to meet again in October. Stay tuned!

Those represented:
Homelake Veterans' History Museum
Crestone Historical Museum
Rio Grande County Museum
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area
Territorial Daughters of Colorado
San Luis Valley Museum
Monte Vista Historical Society & Transportation Museums
San Juan Spiritual Center
Friends of the Dunes
Old Spanish Trail - La Vereda del Norte Chapter
Karen Ballentine representing the Save the Narrow Gauge Newstand
Charlotte Bobicki representing the Mt. Pleasant School Association
and the Saguache County & Hazard Museums

Corrections: The Mt. Pleasant School is located in Alamosa County (not Rio Grande County), The San Luis Valley Museum Association is the group waiting for confirmation on hosting the CWAM (CO & WY Assoc. of Museums) conference for 2020.

Thanks Theresa Benns for the coverage and thanks to Wanda Hawman with the MVHS Museum for your help getting things setup.

https://centerpostdispatch.com/article/slv-hug-history-undiscovered-group-meets

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401 Hunt Avenue/PO Box 1593
Alamosa, CO
81101

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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(719) 587-0667

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