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Ouray County Evenings in History Lecture Series for Summer 2013

  
  
  

historic-building-in-san-juan-mountainsOuray County is home to a wild and rich history of the American West.  In the late 1800s in Southwest Colorado, there were miners and ranchers and hotel operators as well as merchants, travelers, and immigrants moving through the area in search of the American Dream.  Although remnants remain, many on display at the Ouray History Museum, each summer, the Ouray County Historical Society pieces together an interesting array of lectures to bring the Old West back to life through the use of pictures and story tellers.

The 2013 Evenings in History Series Schedule is as follows:

June 18:  "What the Ouray Vanoli Site Can Tell Us About the Old West" 7:30pm

This evening in history is presented by Mary Van Buren, Professor of Anthropology, Colorado State University.

Location:  Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Street, Ouray, CO  81427

June 25:  “What’s in Your Attic Or Basement? The Story of The 1897 Corbett Fitzsimmons Fight Poster and Early Motion Pictures.”  7:30 pm

Tom Hillhouse,Vice President, Ouray County Historical Society, presents.

Location:  Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Street, Ouray, CO  81427

July 2: "Recreation and Celebration in Ouray County Through the Lens of Historic Photos."  7:30 pm

"Gail Saunders, Photo Archivist and Maria Jones, Director, Ouray County Historical Society, present.

Location:  Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Street, Ouray, CO  81427

July 9: "And Many More Moccasins: The Ute, Navajo and Blackfoot Nations and World War I" - 7:30 pm 

presented by Timothy Winegard, Colorado Mesa University.

Location:  Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Street, Ouray, CO  81427

July 16: "History of the Red Mountain Project" - 7:30 pm

Learn about the fascinating history of the Red Mountain project which preserved over 1300 acres of mining history on Red Mountain Pass through purchases from willing sellers. Presented by Bob Risch, Co-Director of the Red Mountain Project and the Mayor of Ouray.

Location:  Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Street, Ouray, CO  81427

July 23: "What is in a Name?" - 7:30 pm

Don Paulson, Curator, Ouray County Museum describes how the Peaks, Valleys, Mesas and Rivers in the San Juan Mountains got their names.

Location:  Ouray Community Center, 320 6th Street, Ouray, CO  81427

July 31: "Ridgway and its Railroads" - 7:30 pm

Karl Schaeffer, President of the Ridgway Railroad Museum, explains that Ridgway was once host to two narrow gauge railroads: The D&RGW Ouray Branch and the famed Rio Grande Southern Railroad. Learn about the history of these two fascinating railroads.

Location: Ridgway Town Hall, 201 N. Railroad Street, Ridgway, CO  81427


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