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This area has always been peopled by independent thinkers and doers. These are the stories we love to tell at the Animas Museum. To have these artifacts, the stories and people behind them are a gift the Museum has received. We want to share that gift with everyone: young, old, local or tourist. But to do that we are asking for a gift from you to continue collecting, preserving and sharing artifacts, photographs and their stories.

Your gift will be a gift that keeps on giving as we move into the future preserving the culture of this unique area. Collecting and preserving today the history of our tomorrows.

Your donation is an important part of our revenue for operations and preservation. Please consider a monthly donation of $5, $25, $75. No matter what you decide to give, every donation counts.

Your donation will support:

  • Preservation of our 1904 historic sandstone building
  • Exhibits in three historic buildings depicting life in the 1870s and 1930s visited by over 2300 people
  • History trunks and tours for students to learn local history
  • Monthly webinars on a variety of interesting topics
  • Collection and preservation of oral histories
  • Publication of History La Plata and pictures weekly in The Durango Herald
  • Research library for families and businesses looking for their roots
  • Special events highlighting area stories and people
  • Professionally caring for our collection of artifacts and photos


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If you prefer, you can donate via Colorado Gives at any time or on December 6th, Colorado Gives Day.

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If you prefer to donate by check, make checks payable to LPCHS and send to LPCHS, PO Box 3382, Durango, CO 81302. To donate by credit card, please call the Museum at 970 259-2492.

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Join Us

Please join us today or renew your membership to help keep La Plata County history and culture alive for present and future generations. You can use the Pay Now buttons below to pay by credit card or PayPal account or you can download a .pdf version of our membership form here and mail it to us with your check.

All levels include unlimited Museum admission and exclusive access to our online catalog database. We also offer a $10 discount off any level for seniors, students, and active members of the military.

We offer four levels of membership:

Copper Our digital membership level which includes online database access, quarterly newsletter by email, and monthly e-blasts. Cost per year is $25.

Silver Our basic membership level which includes online database access, quarterly newsletter (email or print), monthly e-blasts and invitations to special events. Cost per year is $35.

Supporting Levels

Gold Our "anniversary special" membership level includes online database access, quarterly newsletter (email or print), monthly e-blasts, invitations to special events and a staff guided tour of the Museum for four people. Cost per year is $60.

Uranium Our highest supporting membership level includes online database access, quarterly newsletter (email or print), monthly e-blasts, invitations to special events, a staff guided tour of the Museum for four people and a free digital image from the Collections. Cost is $125 per year.


For corporate membership and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Museum at info@animasmuseum.org.



Volunteers

From its inception, the Animas Museum has depended on volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at info@animasmuseum.org.