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Happy August Friends!


We hope your summer season has been full of wonderful adventure, and that you are staying dry, warm and out of any recent mudslide traffic. If you haven't been able yet to check out our latest exhibit, Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World, stop by the museum for a fascinating exploration into the history of disease, and some insight on where we could be headed. (“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.” – Pearl Buck)


We are continuing forward with our currently confirmed programming, all while keeping alert and aware of CDC Guidelines and recommendations for safety during this unique moment in our history. Tours, special events and learning opportunities are able to still operate safely, and we are very excited for the things to come this fall. Stay tuned!


Meanwhile, please don't forget to reserve your tickets for Hike Into History With Poetry! with acclaimed poet Kierstin Bridger, as well as for the return of our Evening with Ken Burns film screening featuring The Central Park 5 on August 29th. Tickets can be found in the links below in the Events section, as well as on our website in the Shop! Hope to see you soon!




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Arborglyph App Launch!

Coming to you 2021


We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of The Arborglyph App! A collaboration between the Telluride Historical Museum and the Ah Haa School for the Arts, the app explores the cross-section of art and history in the region as expressed through historic tree carvings (pre-1966). Arborglyphs found in the Western US, most notably in aspen groves, can hold records of human thought roughly around 100 years old, or the lifespan of the tree before it naturally falls and decays. In the Rocky Mountain Region, many arborglyphs can be attributed to the Basque farmers and shepherds who settled in the region during the 19th and 20th centuries.

The app is set to launch hopefully by the end of summer, but keep your eyes on our Instagram and Social Media for our Arborglpyh App Training Event, where you can experiment with the new app and see what has already been collected, and get some hints on where to find more!!


Hike Into History with Poetry!

Featuring Kierstin Bridger

Thursday August 13th at 9AM

Meet at the Placerville School House

Explore Placerville mining ruins and hear poetic perspectives of local geology and our historic mining communities from local writer, performer, and poet Kierstin Bridger and museum staff. 

Participants should meet the group at the Placerville Schoolhouse at 9AM before departing for the trailhead.

The short but strenuous hike ascends the Angell Lode Trail passing by old mining portals and vanadium mine ruins in the hills above Placerville. The route is fairly primitive and requires some scrambling through skree and brush while also passing near a few steep drop offs. Dogs are not encouraged. Please bring rain and sun protection, plenty of water, and snacks. We anticipate that this hike will last approximately 4 hours.

$20 for Non-Members

$15 for museum members 

Buy Tickets Here!

Historical Walking Tours with Ashley Boling

Every Tuesday and Thursday through Sept.

Departing from the Museum at 1:00PM

Hear the tales and see the sights on this lively tour about town. Join longtime local, performer, and community historian Ashley Boling as he recounts the people and events that make Telluride unique.

Ashley has been giving engaging historical walking tours of Telluride for more than 20 years and his innate enthusiasm for history and natural gift for storytelling will have you entertained for the complete hour and fifteen minute tour of town. Learn about some of Telluride’s most notable citizens and famous stories and see where Butch Cassidy robbed his first bank!

$10 for Members

$15 Non-Members

HARC Walking Tour

Friday, August 13, 10AM

Meet at the Museum

To help celebrate the 60th anniversary of Telluride's designation as a National Historic Landmark District, the Telluride Historical Museum has partnered with the Town of Telluride's Preservation Department to offer complimentary historic preservation-themed walking tours once a month throughout the summer. Come and explore Telluride's built environment while learning about the importance of historic preservation to the town!


These free tours will take place the second Friday of August & September and will depart from the Museum at 10:00 AM.

Lone Tree Cemetery Tour

Friday, August 20th, 1PM

Meet at Lone Tree Cemetery

Join the Museum for a unique look into Telluride history and the iconic people who lived, worked, and were buried here.

$10 for Museum Members, $15 for Non-Members.

Tours will meet at the Cemetery's East Columbia entrance at 1:00PM.

Advance sign up is required. Please call (970) 728-3344 to register to attend this tour.

An Evening with Ken Burns Returns

Presenting the film : The Central Park 5

Sunday, August 29th

Michael D. Palm Theatre

Doors: 5:30 PM | Screening: 6:00PM

Join us on Sunday, August 29th for the return of our Evening with Ken Burns film screening! The featured film for the evening will be The Central Park Five. The event will also include a post-film Q&A wth the film's three directors, Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon, as well as a book and DVD signing presented in conjunction with Between the Covers Book Store.

Ken Burns is an advocate of history and a longtime supporter of the Telluride Historical Museum. Proceeds from the evening will support operating costs for the Museum, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to preserve and present the rich and colorful history of the Telluride region. Tickets are $20 for Museum Members, $25 for Non-Members, and $5 for students.

Please reserve your tickets online through the Telluride Historical Museum Website in our Shop!

Buy Tickets Here!

In staff news, we have an addition to the team! Mary Higgins has come aboard as our new Director of Public Engagement. She is incredibly excited to dig deeper into Telluride History, and to support the museum's legacy as a vital organization within our community. Prior to Telluride, Mary received her Masters of Philosophy from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. You may have seen her around town as a "hyper-active community member" (- Mary). She looks forward to meeting you when you next visit the museum or at future events!

Summer Hours



~Open until 7PM on Thursdays (Locals Free Day)~


201 W Gregory Ave | at the top of N Fir St | PO Box 1597 

Telluride, CO 81435  

970.728.3344 |




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