Sanford Museum

Sanford Museum The history of the town of Sanford, Colorado and the surrounding area including Los Sauces, it's settlers and residents.

Happy May Day from the Sanford Museum! #19thCenturyStyle
05/01/2019

Happy May Day from the Sanford Museum! #19thCenturyStyle

We found this lovely couple's photo in our archives without any names attached. Can anyone out there identify them? #Mys...
04/22/2019

We found this lovely couple's photo in our archives without any names attached. Can anyone out there identify them? #MysteryMonday

Raise your hand if you ever wore one of these in a parade.
04/19/2019

Raise your hand if you ever wore one of these in a parade.

01/07/2019
Visit San Luis Valley, Colorado

We hope the new year is treating you well. Enjoy some beautiful views from around the San Luis 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

You can give this a try at the Sanford Museum on your next visit.
12/09/2018

You can give this a try at the Sanford Museum on your next visit.

Thank you Jon Crowther for the great photo. This is indeed an important part of our local history.
11/04/2018

Thank you Jon Crowther for the great photo. This is indeed an important part of our local history.

Great historic part of the area.

08/29/2018
www.museumgiveaway.org

You have 6 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

On this day, Feb 26, 1807...After visiting the Stockade make sure to come by our museum to learn more about Zebulon Pike...
02/26/2018

On this day, Feb 26, 1807...
After visiting the Stockade make sure to come by our museum to learn more about Zebulon Pike.

On this day in Colorado History (Feb. 26, 1807) Spanish cavalrymen arrest members of the U.S. Army reconnaissance expedition led by Captain Zebulon Pike in the San Luis Valley. The reconnaissance party is taken to Santa Fe, then on to Chihuahua. Pike and his men were not released until July of 1807. To read more about this Colorado event see: http://www.reporterherald.com/columnists/colorado-history/ci_26683402/pike-stockade-gave-up-without-fight

San Luis Valley Historical Society, History Colorado, Alamosa Valley Courier, Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area #ColoradoHistory #SanLuisValley

What a great opportunity!  Writing Your Life six-week writing workshop brought to you by Fort Garland MuseumThe sessions...
02/20/2018

What a great opportunity! Writing Your Life six-week writing workshop brought to you by Fort Garland Museum

The sessions will be held at the Alamosa Public Library at 300 Hunt Avenue. The cost for this workshop is $35 and it runs every Monday at 10:30 am from March 5 to April 12. Call Kelley Ivers at 379-3512 with questions or to register.

We are THRILLED to be bringing Writing Your Life to the San Luis Valley this spring!

This six-week writing workshop sets you on the journey of looking into your past and write down your stories to share with their present and future generations.

This workshop will open up the minds to those that do not consider themselves writers and provide the opportunity for the attendees to find themselves writing enthusiastically in this practical and thought-provoking class.

The sessions will be held at the Alamosa Public Library at 300 Hunt Avenue. The cost for this workshop is $35 and it runs every Monday at 10:30 am from March 5 to April 12. Call Kelley Ivers at 379-3512 with questions or to register.

Colorado's Wall? -- "When a Colorado governor declared martial law and blocked poor New Mexicans at the border" by Jerem...
02/11/2018
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

Colorado's Wall? -- "When a Colorado governor declared martial law and blocked poor New Mexicans at the border" by Jeremy Jojola of 9NEWS (KUSA)

Colorado's Wall? -- "When a Colorado governor declared martial law and blocked poor New Mexicans at the border" by Jeremy Jojola of 9NEWS (KUSA)

#martiallaw #newmexico #laborers #SanLuisValleyHistory #coloradohistory #newmexicohistory #awall #bandedfromentry #history #heritage #colorado #indigent #preventinvasion

http://www.9news.com/article/news/investigations/when-a-colorado-governor-declared-martial-law-and-blocked-poor-new-mexicans-at-the-border/73-516254262

Congratulations to Lee and Grace Bagwell  - "are recipients of the Cattleman of the Year for 2017 for the San Luis Valle...
01/15/2018
Cattleman of the Year

Congratulations to Lee and Grace Bagwell - "are recipients of the Cattleman of the Year for 2017 for the San Luis Valley Cattlemen's Association at the Cattlemen’s annual meeting held in Alamosa. The Bagwells reside in Manassa, Colorado, and Lee was the 2007 president of the organization.

https://alamosanews.com/article/cattleman-of-the-year

Lee and Grace Bagwell are recipients of the Cattleman of the Year for 2017 for the San Luis Valley Cattlemen’s Association at the Cattlemen’s annual meeting held in Alamosa.

Fort Garland Museum
11/05/2017
Fort Garland Museum

Fort Garland Museum

“But acequias are about far more than just water distribution: They are at the center of the dynamic, living heritage of Southwestern communities, a heritage that includes traditional methods of food production and preparation, ecosystem sustainability, ancestral learning, and oral customs.”

The #LosCaminosScenicByway runs just south of us.  Take a jog up and visit our museum and then over to the Pike Stockade...
11/01/2017
Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways

The #LosCaminosScenicByway runs just south of us. Take a jog up and visit our museum and then over to the Pike Stockade.

Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways

#scenicbyways #heritage #history #travel #colorado #slv #SanLuisValley #heritageareas

Take the Tour ~ Discover and experience Colorado’s culture, history, and recreational activities at all our National Heritage Areas. Of the nearly 50 National Heritage Areas, Colorado hosts three of them: Cache la Poudre River, South Park, and Sangre de Cristo. ~ Colorado Scenic & Historic Byways

We hope you had as much fun touring our museum as we had giving you the tour!!  So cool we could be your final punchcard...
10/28/2017
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

We hope you had as much fun touring our museum as we had giving you the tour!! So cool we could be your final punchcard stamp!! Congrats Jeff Owsley and Hallie Ellefson Owsley!!

Congrats to Hallie Ellefson Owsley, Jeff Owsley and Carole Humphrey as this year’s Museum Giveaway winners!! #SanLuisValley history rocks!!

Selfie taken at the Sanford Museum with board president Frankie Colton and volunteer Linda Anderson Smith!

https://alamosanews.com/article/owsleys-win-2017-museum-giveaway

"Former Sanford resident Judy Canty Martin, a member of the Catawba Indians who helped settle the San Luis Valley in the...
10/22/2017
Alamosa Valley Courier

"Former Sanford resident Judy Canty Martin, a member of the Catawba Indians who helped settle the San Luis Valley in the 1880’s, authored a book, “We Are All Catawba: Complete Genealogy of My Daddy’s Catawba Ancestors.” Canty-Martin also has an exhibit in the museum in Alamosa." Alamosa Valley Courier

Book released on Catawba Indians

Only 1 Week to go!!!!  Giveaway ends Sep 4th.  Join in the fun! 16 museums in and around the San Luis Valley and souther...
08/28/2017
Giveaway

Only 1 Week to go!!!! Giveaway ends Sep 4th. Join in the fun! 16 museums in and around the San Luis Valley and southern Colorado are hosting a www.museumgiveaway.org

Give us a ring when you get to town. We'll open our doors.

Each museum visited gets you closer to a chance to win a $100 gift certificate. Click to see all the museums you could visit!!

#museumgiveaway #history #heritage #slv #sanluisvalley #southerncolorado

Win a $100 gift certificate!! You could be 1 of 3 winners of a $100 gift certificate and a "Get Caught Up in History" t-shirt. Visitors with the most # of visited museums between Memorial Day and...

07/19/2017

There's a deluge inside and out here at the Pike's Stockade room of the Sanford Museum. The roof is one of the structural problems that need to be fixed in order to maintain this building that has played so many important roles in Sanford. Please come visit if you're in town and see what treasures it holds. Your support is appreciated.

This holiday weekend would be a great time to get some more stamps on your punchcard with the museumgivewaway.orgEach mu...
06/29/2017
www.museumgivewaway.org

This holiday weekend would be a great time to get some more stamps on your punchcard with the museumgivewaway.org

Each museum visited gets you closer to a chance to win a $100 gift certificate. Click to see details and all the museums you could visit!!

#museumgiveaway #history #heritage #slv #sanluisvalley #southerncolorado

Built in 1928–30, Capilla de San Antonio de Padua is a Catholic church in #Lasauses (Spanish - los sauces "willows") i...
06/22/2017
Capilla de San Antonio de Padua (Lasauses) | Articles | Colorado Encyclopedia

Built in 1928–30, Capilla de San Antonio de Padua is a Catholic church in #Lasauses (Spanish - los sauces "willows") in the #SanLuisValley. Today, the church is the only public building remaining in Lasauses and is still used for Mass once a month." Colorado Encyclopedia

https://coloradoencyclopedia.org/article/capilla-de-san-antonio-de-padua-lasauses

Built in 1928–30, Capilla de San Antonio de Padua is a Catholic church in Lasauses in the San Luis Valley. Constructed in the Territorial Adobe style, the church incorporated one wall of an earlier church on the same site, which was built in 1880 but destroyed by fire in 1926.

06/03/2017

We are open today during the community yard sale. It sure is fun to see the reactions of the young people who are stopping in to take a look around!

05/29/2017

The museum is open today for Memorial Day until 3 p.m.

05/29/2017

The Sanford Colorado History Museum will be open on Memorial Day. Stop and see our display of military uniforms and to look through our books of information about Sanford Veterans.

04/05/2017

We're making plans for this year's Pioneer Days. Stay tuned...

San Luis Valley Museum
04/03/2017

San Luis Valley Museum

Are you a Zebulon Pike fan? Then you'll want to come out to our reception on April 9th starting at 1:30pm and get a view of a rare copy of a Pike Journal.

Archie Comics cartoonist and illustrator Rex W. Lindsey is the son of Sanford resident Enid Miller Lindsey and Wayne Lin...
02/13/2017

Archie Comics cartoonist and illustrator Rex W. Lindsey is the son of Sanford resident Enid Miller Lindsey and Wayne Lindsey. Rex attended Sanford Junior High School 1967-68. He has been a penciler, writer, colorist and cover artist for Archie Comics for 20 years. He has penciled art for the Simpsons cartoon.

Our museum doors are always open if you just give us a call. See our location and contact info @ http://www.museumtrail.org/sanford-museum.html

#archiecomics #simpsons #cartoonist #sanfordhighschool

San Luis Valley Historical Society
01/22/2017

San Luis Valley Historical Society

A very special thank you to Dana Echohawk for her presentation at today's SLVHS open meeting. Great information that further highlights the wonderfully diverse culture and history of the #SanLuisValley. Thanks also to the Sanford Museum, Frankie Colton and Gary Bailey for hosting the meeting and Pixie Larsen for catering the event.

Today's topic was: Struggling to Find Zion: Latter-Day Saints in the San Luis Valley. Copies of the 2 Historian issues that feature Dana's master thesis can be purchased for $5 each for non-members, $3 for members. Please email us at: [email protected]

01/01/2017

See the moon and the star in our cover photo? They once hung in the old Tivoli, where everyone would have been dancing up a storm on the springed floors to bring in the new year back in the day. Happy New Years from the Sanford Museum!

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01/01/2017

Sanford Museum

Sanford Museum
12/29/2016

Sanford Museum

Viola Garcia of Sanford was part of the first group of U.S. Army nurses to land in Japan in 1945. Much more information about Viola is available at the museum. See the video link in the comments below for an interview with some of the nurses when they landed.

Viola Garcia of Sanford was part of the first group of U.S. Army nurses to land in Japan in 1945. Much more information ...
12/29/2016

Viola Garcia of Sanford was part of the first group of U.S. Army nurses to land in Japan in 1945. Much more information about Viola is available at the museum. See the video link in the comments below for an interview with some of the nurses when they landed.

Sanford Museum
12/13/2016

Sanford Museum

12/12/2016

The Sanford Museum will be open December 12, 13, 14 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

07/30/2016
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

The Rio Grande. Such an important part of Valley history.

"This video is part of an educational water series produced on behalf of the Rio Grande Roundtable and will be shown locally and statewide to various interest groups. The intent of this series is to inform water users in all realms (agriculture, water administration, environmental, recreation, municipal/industrial) about the basin's unique challenges and solutions they are creating to meet the ever growing demands for water in our state, in addition to demands from our downstream users." Rio Grande Roundtable

For more information on the Rio Grande Roundtable go to:
http://www.riograndewaterplan.com


https://vimeo.com/173537656

Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust Rio Grande Country Rio Grande Farm Park #riogrande #headwaters #river

A photo of the Sanford Sunday School seated in front of the old stone church is featured on the cover of the new issue o...
07/04/2016

A photo of the Sanford Sunday School seated in front of the old stone church is featured on the cover of the new issue of the San Luis Valley Historical Society's Historian. Be sure to stop by the Museum while you're attending the Pioneer Day festivities on July 21. The Museum will be open during the day on July 21. Call 719-580-4114 or 719-274-4382 to arrange to see the Museum when you are in town to attend the pageant on July 19 or 20 or at other times when the Museum is not open. Stop and see the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers monument on the church lawn. Enjoy the celebration!.

Hours -- When you want to stop by the museum you just need to give us a call @  719-274-4382, 719-580-4114 or 719-588-64...
05/28/2016
Sanford Museum

Hours -- When you want to stop by the museum you just need to give us a call @ 719-274-4382, 719-580-4114 or 719-588-6410 and one of our volunteers will open the museum. Even a 1/2hr notice can often be enough time for us to scoot over to the museum to meet you. Hope to see you soon! http://www.museumtrail.org/sanford-museum.html

778 Main St Sanford, CO 81151 Contact: 719-274-4382 719-580-4114 or 719-588-6410 Email Us or 2ndEmail By appointment only - give us a ring!

These books are a great resource.  Our museum also has an extensive listing of the grave markers in the Sanford Cemetery...
04/27/2016
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

These books are a great resource. Our museum also has an extensive listing of the grave markers in the Sanford Cemetery, history information about Los Sauces, history of Veterans from Sanford, and yearbook photos. Let us know if there is something we can help you with.

What a great resource for genealogy research and historian buffs alike in the San Luis Valley: The Spanish Archives of New Mexico Vols 1 and 2 by Ralph Emerson Twitchell covering the timeframe of 1621 - 1845

Free Google ebooks:

The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Volume 1
https://books.google.com/books?id=TLwUAAAAYAAJ&dq=The%20Spanish%20Archives%20of%20New%20Mexico%3A%20Comp.%20and%20Chronologically%2C%20volume%201&pg=PP6#v=onepage&q&f=false


The Spanish Archives of New Mexico, Volume 2
https://books.google.com/books?id=xJ8FNk8EQXgC&printsec=frontcover&dq=spanish+archives+volume+2&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi9hP7g1aDMAhUOw2MKHZdMDP0Q6AEILjAD#v=onepage&q&f=false

We are pretty proud of our portion of beautiful San Luis Valley.  We have a great display of Pike's Stockade info so giv...
04/13/2016
San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

We are pretty proud of our portion of beautiful San Luis Valley. We have a great display of Pike's Stockade info so give us call when you are planning to come to town and we'll give you a tour!

Looking for a drive that provides history, hiking, a waterfall, dunes, mountains, scenic overlooks and a possibility of seeing bison. Then how about taking a trip through San Luis Valley's - Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area that includes some of Visit Colorado's and History Colorado's oldest history on the Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways - Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway: http://www.museumtrail.org/news/valley-adventures-los-caminos-antiguos-scenic-byway1

#hiking #history #heritage #slv #sanluisvalley #dunes #cumbres #scenicrailroad #trains #loscaminos #scenicbyway #conejos #costilla #alamosa #sdcnha Fort Garland Museum Sanford Museum Jack Dempsey Museum Conejos County Museum & Visitors Center San Luis Valley Museum #ftgarland #sanford #manassa #antonito #lajara #blanca Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

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