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Visit our online exhibits.

Learn about the Great Fire of 1889

Download a device friendly copy of the walking tour here or a printable version of the pdf here.


Mark Your Calendars for Our Upcoming Events

Starting on Tuesday, November 30, the Museum will be open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am until 3pm. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Image of Patty Joy and a stack of quilts

Join us on Zoom Saturday, February 12th at 1pm for our Second Saturday Seminar Series. Local quilt expert and historian Patricia Joy will be joining us for a discussion on "Quilts: 1885 - 1920". Quilts are part and parcel of what women brought West with them, created along the way and produced as they settled in Western Colorado. Patricia will present a lively talk on quilts of this formative period in the Durango area. Utilizing quilts from the museum collection and ones that Patricia has acquired, she will share her knowledge of the art of quilting and the importance it has in family history.

There is no charge for the webinar but registration is required. The webinar will be recorded and all registrants will receive a link within 24 hours. Register here.

Tentative List of Events for 2022

This list is very tentative!

Please check back often for updates.

February:

  • Webinar — Quilts and History with Patty Joy, 2nd Saturday
  • Event – Photo Roundup Saturday Appt only

March:

  • Webinar — Gold Rush to the La Platas! With Charles DiFerdinando, 2nd Saturday
  • Exhibit — Rosie the Riveter
  • Events — Rosie the Riveter Day, March 21
  • March 26 Golden Anniversary Gala

April:

  • Webinar — Saving Your Heritage with Susan Jones, 2nd Saturday
  • Event — April 30, “He Lived the Wild West We Read About: The Life and Times of Thomas Guthrie Pierce” talk by Danny Pierce

May:

  • Webinar — TBD, 2nd Saturday
  • Event – Roundtable discussion on the history of the Ironhorse (TBD)

June:

  • Webinar—TBD, 2nd Saturday
  • History La Plata publication

July:

  • Webinar — Animas City Cemetery, 2nd Saturday
  • Event — Great fire talk or tour

August:

  • Webinar — TBD, 2nd Saturday
  • Event — National Night Out/ Games Night and Games Day

September:

  • Webinar — TBD, 2nd Saturday
  • Event — History Live! Brewery Connection

October:

  • Webinar — TBD, 2nd Saturday
  • Event – Halloween event/dance

November:

  • Webinar — TBD, 2nd Saturday
  • Annual Meeting 2nd Tuesday

December:

  • Webinar — TBD, 2nd Saturday
  • Event –Christmas Gala


Past Events

Image of St. Mark's church

Dr. John Boyd, historian for St. Mark's Episcopal Church presented his talk "The Banker's of St. Mark's Church" in two parts. The video is available here.

A double portrait of Gustaf Nordenski⍥ld: Left 1895 (Stockholm) and 1891 (Durango, CO, by Frank Gonner) with GN's letter of July 23, 1891 superimposed.  Graphic by J. Reynolds

For our November webinar, Judith Reynolds told the story of Gustaf Nordenski⍥ld, the young Swedish scientist who in 1893 published the first serious study of "The Cliff Dwellings of Mesa Verde" and who was erroneously referred to as a 'Baron' in the controversial summer of 1891. Watch the video here.

The graphic above is a double portrait of Gustaf Nordenski⍥ld: Left 1895 (Stockholm) and 1891 (Durango, CO, by Frank Gonner) with GN's letter of July 23, 1891 superimposed. Graphic by J. Reynolds.

Animas City photo

Take a virtual tour of Animas City, the topic of our October webinar. View the video here.

Collage of pictures from Live! event

Scenes from our Live! event on September 25th.

If you missed Dr. Andrew Gulliford's talk about his book The Woolly West at our Animas Museum Live! event, you can listen to it here The Sheep and Cattle Wars.


Main Ave Bridge photo by Frank Gonner

Our September webinar took a look at the photography of Frank Gonner told by his granddaughter Kathy Gibson. The recording can be viewed here.


John Steinle speaking in front of the Peterson House

Historian John Steinle, author of a new book on the 1893 Silver Panic spoke about how the crash affected Colorado and La Plata County. Watch a video of the talk here.

Bear the dog eating ice cream

Durango Police, members and locals including Bear dropped by the Museum for social distancing and ice cream on National Night Out.

Two men near a firetruck holding the brochure

Learn about the Great Fire of 1889

Download a device friendly copy of the walking tour here or a printable version of the pdf here. You can also pick up a copy at the Durango Welcome Center (Main Ave. & 8th St.) or the Durango & Silverton Railroad Museum.

Our first in-person event was held at the Museum on June 12. It was a Members Only event to celebrate the June 1901 wedding of Zaidee Rockwood to Clayton Perkins. Learn more about Zaidee's dress here.

Group of people at event Four women in a golf cart

The Animas Museum Team at the Durango Chamber of Commerce's Girls Gone Golfing event, May 2021.

Durango Police Badge

Our May webinar featured Police Historian Sharon Greve telling stories from the 140 year history of the Durango Police Department. Contact the Museum if you would like access to the video for $5.

Tom Graden photo

If you missed our April webinar on Tom Graden, you can purchase a link to the video for $5 using the PayPal button below. We will email you a link by the next business day.

Image of Hattie Mashburn

If you missed our March webinar on Hattie Mashburn and Bessie Rivers, you can purchase a link to the video for $5 using the PayPal button below. We will email you a link by the next business day.

Valentine

If you missed "A Little Bit of History and Valentine's Fun" you can watch the video here.

Log Cabin Christmas logo

If you missed our first Second Saturday Seminar on Zoom, A Log Cabin Christmas, you can watch the video here.

You can still visit our Virtual Halloween Party! Click on the image below:

Virtual Halloween Party

Jerry Day speaking at the Animas Museum

Jerry Day speaking about the history of the K-36 locomotives at the Animas Museum.

Charles DiFerdinando speaking at Durango Craft Spirits

Charles DiFerdinando speaking about the Buffalo Soldiers at Ft. Lewis. Durango Craft Spirits Distillery Tour

Support Local History

Joy Cabin at night, Christmas Bazaar 2019.

The Joy Cabin at night, during the Christmas Bazaar.

Bells of Peace

Shane Voss, principal of Mountain Middle Schools, rings the Animas Museum's bell at 11am on Veteran's Day as the school's students look on.

Dedication of National Register PlaqueDedication of National Register Plaque, October 30.

Loisa Bass HeadstoneLoisa Bass headstone, installed October 8, 2019.