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Telluride Historical Museum Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, History Museums

Mission:

The mission of the Telluride Historical Museum is to preserve the rich, colorful and diverse history of the region and to bring history to life through exhibits, programs and education.

Programs: Our FREE Fireside Chats begin in June every other Thursday around the fire pit in the Mountain Village Heritage Plaza. Gather ‘round the fire to hear writers, historians, and even scientists talk about all aspects of Telluride history.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a journalist who has covered Telluride's cultural economy for nearly 20 years, I have intimate knowledge of the inner workings of all of the region's key nonprofits, including institutions like the Telluride Historical Museum. The Museum is a microcosm of the town, a special place staffed by special people, who deftly juggle traditional roles with thinking out of the box. Yes, the traditional stuff of museums is there: room after room housing the history of the region are meticulously preserved. But the place also acts as a community center, where people come together to celebrate learning, and many activities orchestrated by the Museum happen off campus: historic bar crawls to Christmas at a traditional ranch where generations of Schmids have worked and played. The Telluride Historical Museum is a place that makes my brain smile.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I really love the staff, the building, thier displays, and all the great events the museum puts on. The very fact that the building has been moved and is a historical building ads a lot of awe to the whole experince. The museum is second to none in my experince of small town museums.

Keep up the great work!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a journalist who covers Telluride's cultural economy, the Telluride Historical Museum is part of my beat. Like the town, the institution is unique. Rather than fill days dusting off shelves filled with collectibles from the past, our Museum's imaginative staff works hard to keep history alive with an interesting, often surprising mix of in-house and off-site programs from on-mountain ski tours to pub crawls. None of this may be surprising for museums in large cities with lots of worker bees earning their pay. But in a town the size of Telluride? Impressive, no?

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Telluide Historical Museum not only has interesting historical displays about the history of this region, it also sponsors fascinating events that help people to interact with history. For instance, in the summer the museum sponsors jeep and hiking trips to old mining sites, accompanied by a historian and a geologist to explain why mining in this region was successful and to tell detailed stories about specific mines, labor strife, and other details. The museum also sponsors historic pub crawls where the guests learn about Telluride's boom town mining history and its renaissance as a ski town in the 70s. This year, the museum has begun offering historic skiing tours, where guests learn the history of the region while skiing to different sites where the historical events took place. All of these events are fun, educational, and innovative, and my husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed them.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

This museum is the heart and soul of our community! Certainly, it has been the defining institution in terms of my relationship with this town. My memory is hazy, but I think I’ve been visiting the museum since I was a kid back in the 60’s. Initially, my fascination with the museum was a consequence of my sense of connection with Telluride (my grandfather was born here—his christening gown used to be on display—and my great, great grandfather, Charles Painter, was Telluride’s first mayor (his picture during a late-19th century picnic provides the backdrop for one exhibit). More recently, though, as a teacher at Telluride High School, I’ve come to value the consistent support the museum has provided me in delivering a dynamic curriculum. To borrow from my students’ discourse, this museum rocks!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

I love all of the variety of seminars the Museum hosts. The Summer Fireside chats presented by knowledgable historians are fabaulous. Many of the speakers actually lived the life they are relating so it makes the conversation much more lively. Lots of questions are generated and acurately answered. The in house museum displays give a panorama of life in early mining Telluride. The tenacity and grit posessed by the early settlers is truly inspiring.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 4

Excellent museum, very interesting and informative.
Well structured with thorough information which flows from one exhibit to the next.
Overall very good