The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way we live, work, learn, and play, but what hasn't changed is the wonderful support we continue to recieve from all of you.

Although we had to cancel our fundraiser, The '70s Shindig, many of you have helped us out in other ways. Not the least of which was our Daffodil Days fundraiser which survived some disruption for the second year in a row (last year daffodils were delayed due to high volumes of snow and colder than normal temperatures in the pacific north west).

We appreciate everyone's understanding of the adjustments made in light of the pandemic to conduct sales and want to give a genuine and heartfelt thank you to those who purchased bundles of daffodils. Some of you even reached out and purchased extras which we really appreciated! Thanks to you we sold 331 bundles of flowers and raised nearly $5,000. In a fun twist many of the you shared your images of daffodils during quarantine spreading the cheer even further!

If you are looking for ways to continue to support us please consider purchasing a membership. Memberships keep us alive and operating, even under normal circumstances, and can be purchased on behalf of a friend or even a pet (seriously, we actually do have a cat member). We are also graciously accepting donations by check or online. Make a donation here.

The Museum is currently closed to the public, but we are dedicated to supporting our staff so most of us are working from home. While it is a different environment, and we miss the sunny atmosphere of our third floor offices and each other, we are excited for the opportunities these new challenges bring and are developing more digital content so that you can experience the Telluride region's history from the comfort of your own home. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more.

Lastly, the Museum will be working to collect physical artifacts representing life during the COVID-19 pandemic. As you will read below in our Artifact Spotlight, we have very few items related to the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic that wreaked havoc on our town. Since history repeats itself, and we don't want to make the same mistake, we'll be gathering artifacts for our archive to document Telluride's response. Two examples are: a Shelter In Place Poster and Telluride Distilling Company Hand Sanitizer.

If you have made something, written, something, or taken any photos. Please reach out to us, we would love to have a hard copy.

In health,
The Museumily


 
 
Beautiful daffodils shared with us from Jane Berman
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All of our events are currently on hold for now. We will let you know details as more information is released in the coming weeks. In the meantime, be sure to follow us on social media for digital engagement opportunities. Thank you for your interest.
QUARANTINE PHOTOGRAPH
 
Photo of Nona Byers & John Byers on a porch. Quarantine sign in the background.

Although Nona and John Byers look cheery here, Telluride was in a state of emergency with one out of every 10 people dying from the Spanish Flu. Town came to a standstill, our small hospital was not enough. Saloons and private homes were commandeered as hospitals, and there were not enough doctors or nurses. A curfew was put in place and social gatherings prohibited. Schools and theaters closed. There were no funerals for two full weeks.

The flu swept through Telluride for three months in the fall of 1918 and then re-surged in the winter of 1919 creating even more casualties.
VICTORIAN DAYS
Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes
This is an activity book that helps you share the fun, challenges, dreams, and adventures of life in Victorian America. 

There are a variety of activities geared for ages 8 to 12, but really they can be enjoyed by anyone!
Museum Members are always FREE!
*Thursdays are FREE for locals

201 W. Gregory Ave. | at the top of N. Fir St. | P.O. Box 1597 

Telluride, CO 81435  

970.728.3344 | www.telluridemuseum.org