Just because school is out does not mean one has to stop learning. The Ouray County Historical Society is helping local residents and visitors alike keep their minds sharp during summer vacation by offering its Evenings of History program. The lecture series, which kicks off on June 14, has been in existence for more than 20 years. The first six talks take place at the Ouray Community Center, while the final discussion will be held at the Ridgway Town Hall. The lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free to attend.
June 14 – “Old Hundred Mine” by Scott Fetchenheir, (Community Center in Ouray) – Learn about the history of this fascinating mine hung on the cliffside 700 feet above Cunningham Gulch east of Silverton. Scott will also autograph copies of his book on the Old Hundred Mine entitled "Ghosts and Gold."
June 21 – “On the Backs of Burros: Bringing Civilization to Colorado” by P. David Smith (Community Center in Ouray)
June 28 – “Ouray and Its Railroad” by Tom Hillhouse (Community Center in Ouray) – Learn how the railroad impacted the history of Ouray and what facilities were located in Ouray.
July 5 – “The Mines of Marshall Basin” by Rudy Davison (Community Center in Ouray) – Learn about the Mines in Marshall Basin. These mines are above Imogene Pass road north of Telluride. This event is coupled with a guided tour of Marshall Basin on July 9th.
July 12 – “Images of America, Ouray” by Maria Jones and Gail Saunders (Community Center in Ouray) – Ouray County Museum Director Maria Jones and OCHS Board Member Gail Saunders will present the history of Ouray through photos. They will autograph their new book by the same title.
July 19 – “Una Wheeler Whinnerah: Pioneering Ouray Photographer” by Don Paulson (Community Center in Ouray) –Beginning in the 1890s and continuing for more than 30 years Una Whinnerah photographed the scenery, mines and commercial buildings of Ouray County. She also made numerous photographs of her family and their elegant house on Main Street in Ouray. Most of her photos were taken using glass 8" x 10" glass plate negatives. The talk will begin with a brief discussion of 19th century photography and then focus on Una's life and photography career. Also, many of here original photographs will be shown.
July 27 – “History of Log Hill” by Barbara and Jack Rairden (Ridgway Town Hall) – An Evening of History with Barbara and Jack Rairden on the "History of Log Hill." Barbara and Jack will also sign copies of their book by the same title.
About the Ouray County Historical Society Museum: The Ouray County Historical Society Museum is housed in the original St. Joseph’s Miners’ Hospital that was built in 1886 and functioned as a hospital until 1964. The museum consists of three floors containing 38 exhibits in 27 rooms. The museum features mining, ranching and railroading, the three main means of employment in Ouray’s early history. It houses many artifacts dating back to Ouray’s earliest days, as well as large displays of minerals and Native American artifacts. The Museum also features a research center containing much written information, thousands of photographs, and a large library titled “The W. Ross Moore Mining History Library of the American West.”