Museum shares happenings

DEL NORTE — Rio Grande County Museum has been busy with new exhibits and money-making projects. The gallery room has a new exhibit featuring the petroglyphs of the area. The museum does not reveal where these prized pieces of history are located, but show photos done by J. D Marston along with educating the public on preserving them. Also shown in the exhibit are baskets from several local collectors who obtained them from trading posts in the Four Corners area and other traders.

The High Valley Community Center Mentorship Program has provided the museum with young students coming to the museum to help with various projects from cleaning to helping with exhibits. One of the exhibits being worked on by these students is the Women of History exhibit to be featured during Covered Wagon Days. The students have gone into the museum archives and selected dresses from women of Rio Grande County and will be doing histories of these ladies. There are evening gowns, wedding dresses and the Miss Stampede memorabilia from the Marjorie (Mickey) Clare family will be used to represent these ladies.

The La Vereda del Norte Chapter of the Old Spanish Trail has joined forces with the museum on a program at the museum of geology of the area and a program on the trails of the area. Steve Nicolais and others will do the following tour through the Summer-Coon area. Please call the museum for registration for the tour as the  number of participants will be limited.

Rosie B., a creative volunteer whose skills as used to make snow mates and now our “Take a Step in our History” shoes, has been busy with her handwork.  The Gift Shoppe has new books and items that would make the perfect gift for the hard to buy for person.

For more information, please call the museum at (719)657-2847 or at webmail at [email protected] or on the museum’s Facebook page.

Caption: Rio Grande County Museum volunteer Rosie B. has created “Take a Step in our History” shoes, available in the gift shop./Courtesy photo

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