Interested in history as told by the locals?
We have a variety presentations with historic information, photos and memorabilia shared by Durango natives. Multiple interesting and unusual venues are available, or a program can be hosted at a location of your choice. All presentations are customized by length, content, and your interest.
Enjoy these local museums celebrating the history of Durango, Ignacio, Silverton, and the southwest United States. The award-winning exhibits, photographs, and information will entertain and enlighten all ages.
(La Plata County Historical Society – Durango, CO)) offers a variety of exhibits and programs for all ages, a research library, and photo archives. It’s located in the original 1904 Animas City School.
Anasazi Heritage Center
(Dolores, CO) is the headquarters for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. It features interpretive exhibits, films, a research library, educational resources and special programs and events interpret the history and culture of the ancestral Pueblo and other Native American peoples, as well as the historic Anglo settlers.
Center of Southwest Studies
(Fort Lewis College – Durango, Co) is world-renowned for its collection of documents, books, photographs, and oral histories of the Four Corners and Colorado’s western slope. It is home to Navajo, Pueblo, and Hispanic textiles, pottery, sculptures, paintings, and historic artifacts.
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
(Mesa Verde National Park) displays dioramas illustrating Ancestral Pueblo life. There are also many exhibits of prehistoric artifacts, a chronology of Ancestral Pueblo culture, and other items related to the park.
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum
(Durango, CO) is much more than trains. Located in the station’s roundhouse, the museum features a large variety of artifacts from pioneer families that tell the history of railroading and the development of the surrounding area.
Powerhouse Science Center and Makers Lab
(Durango, CO) is located on the banks of the Animas River in an historic coal-fired steam-power AC generating plant, The Powerhouse presents a wide range of programs, exhibits, and activities designed to provide an entertaining and inspiring look at science — past, present, and future.
Mining Heritage Center
(Silverton, CO) is operated by the San Juan County Historical Society. It celebrates the history of Silverton and San Juan County including the 1902 County Jail Museum and the 1929 Mayflower Mill.
Southern Ute Museum
(Ignacio, CO) chronicles the story of the Ute people from prehistory to modern times. This gallery is presented through photographic panels, audio-visual presentations, and interactive electronics. It includes a buffalo hide tipi, a cabin, and a school room.