Twenty years ago in May, Jim Wetzel was named curator and director of the Delta Museum. Because of unscheduled emergency surgery, he arrived on the job in a wheelchair and with just one day to learn everything he needed to know to take over.
After 20 years, the Delta County Historical Society is changing its membership format. Annual membership has been $7.50 for seniors and $10 for non-seniors.
Changes are on the horizon for the Delta County Historical Society and Museum. Director and curator Jim Wetzel has given the board of directors his notice that he will retire in April 2018, after 20 years on the job. Coupled with declining financial resources, his retirement has caused the board of trustees to look into new ways of operating the museum.
While enjoying the 71st Cherry Days celebration take a break from all the festivities and take in Paonia's rich history at the North Fork Historical Society Paonia Museum. From 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, after the parade is over and the Cherry Days royalty has been crowned, the museum will host its annual ice cream social.
The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame, Museums of Western Colorado and Chevron have joined forces to bring "Women of Excellence: The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Collection" to western Colorado. The collection will be on display at Museum of the West in downtown Grand Junction through Labor Day weekend.
The Hotchkiss Crawford Historical Museum was recently gifted with three antique rifles that once belonged to Hotchkiss town founder, Enos T. Hotchkiss. The rifles were a gift to the collection by Enos's great-grandson, John Hotchkiss.
The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. To help folks understand the work of the society at the museum, Chuck Farmer submitted a Curator Report for 2016:
There's an old adage that says if you don't learn from history you're bound to repeat it.
In the North Fork Valley, a small group of locals have a slightly different perspective on that: if you don't teach people about their history, that history will cease to exist.
The Delta County Museum is closed this week, Oct. 10-14, for work on exhibits and general housekeeping. When the museum reopens next Tuesday, it will be on its winter schedule, opening to visitors only on Tuesday and Wednesday each week.
A one-time opportunity to view and handle the famous historic Sharps rifle which ended the historic exploits of the McCarty gang in 1893 will take place Saturday, July 9, at the Delta County Museum from 10 a.m. to noon. The 1874 Sharps rifle will be available for close-up viewing and can also be handled by the public.
Want to know where all of the rural schoolhouses were once located in the North Fork area? Maybe you'd like to learn more about the history of the area's world-famous fruit, or its rich coal mining heritage. Perhaps you just want to know how the town came to be.
The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Society is now in its 41st year of existence and has a lot of plans for 2016. The board of directors held its monthly meeting Monday and talked about some of those plans.
The Delta County (Historical Society) Museum has created a new exhibit which highlights Delta High School, focusing on band and athletic recognition clothing from the past. Other DHS-related items are included in the exhibit, including photos and miscellaneous items from the past.
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