The past year has been a historic, yet often difficult one for all of us. History, her-story, our story, their story--every person, place or thing is part of a story and most of these stories intertwine with others. The Animas Museum is where our community’s stories are shared. Being a member means that you are a part of this special place, wherever you are.
We have adapted to the times and our stories are being told by webinars, online exhibits, and social media. Since the building has been closed, we have not sent regular membership reminders. We have changed our membership plan to add a “virtual” option and to add levels that reflect the precious metals that are part of our heritage. We plan to reopen to visitors as soon as it is safe to do so. When we do, our members will be the first to be invited back for members-only events and new exhibits.
Please join us to help keep La Plata County history and culture alive for present and future generations using the PayPal buttons below or download a .pdf version of our membership form here and mail it to us with your check.
We offer four levels of membership:
Copper is our virtual membership level and does not include Museum admission except for special events. You will receive our quarterly newsletter "Artifacts" and special event notification via email. Cost per year is $25.
Silver level includes free Museum admission, our quarterly newsletter "Artifacts" via email or hardcopy, and special event notification via email. There are four annual cost options-Single at $35, Family at $50, Over 65 at $25, and Student (with id) at $15.
Gold level includes free Museum admission, our quarterly newsletter "Artifacts" via email or hardcopy, special event notification, and four guest passes for you to share with friends or family. There are four annual cost options-Single at $45, Family at $60, Over 65 at $35, and Student (with id) at $20.
Uranium level includes all of the benefits of the Gold level plus two hours per year of research assistance. Cost is $125 per year.
Corporate Membership options are also available and include free Museum admission, our quarterly newsletter "Artifacts" via email or hardcopy, and special event notification via email. Small buinesses (up to 5 employees) will recieve two guest passes, medium businesses (6-19 employees) will receive five guest passes, and large businesses (over 20 employees) will receive 10 guest passes.
We welcome donations of artifacts, documents, and photos that are in keeping with our mission. Items must have a connection to La Plata County. It is best if they tell an interesting story about La Plata county places, residents or events. Once an item is accepted into our permanent collection we assume responsibility for its care forever. This can be an expensive prospect. Please consider a monetary donation along with the item. Items may also be accepted for inclusion in our education collection. These items may be handled by students, or used. Please download and read this brochure for more information then call (970)259-2402 to discuuss a potential donation.
The La Plata County Historical Society is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. All donations to this organization are tax deductible. Cash donations may be directed to the general fund or may be specified to be used in the storage and preservation of collections, the building fund, the endowment fund, or the Generations Research Library project. Click on the PayPal button below to donate
From its inception, the Animas Museum has depended on volunteers. Until the Museum re-opens, we will not be accepting new volunteer applications. If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.