The Depot and Friends were on TV!

The Depot was featured on the July 16 edition of Colorado Getaways!

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Miniature doll houses and room scenes open July 9-23

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Depot’s Grand Opening is July 2

We’re getting so excited here. After 8 years of work, the Depot graduated from restoration and is waiting to receive its brand-new shiny exhibits next week. It opens for business Saturday, July 2!!!!!!

The exhibits were developed by Traub Design Associates,  The Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation gave us a grant to fund the exhibits.   

I’ll post pictures as the exhibits are installed.  

Thank you, Buena Vistans, for your on-going support for this major project.  Now, starting July 2, we all get to enjoy the BV Depot.

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Dolls inhabit museum gallery

A number of dolls – antique, modern, gorgeous, well-loved – moved into the museum gallery last Saturday.  Several local ladies are loaning us their doll collections until June 11.  Check out these beauties!

How about this guy – too cute for words…A miniature nun from Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe:

The face of love:   And a porch swing occupied by this darling character:
Come to the museum any day before June 11 to see these delightful dolls as well as many more.  (Hours:  Mon-Sat 10-3, Sun 12-3.  Museum Admission: Adults $5.00, youth $1.00, families $10.00)

A big thank you goes to Billie Love for coordinating this special exhibit.

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Creative Contest for Between Fences

 Buena Vista Heritage presents the “Between Fences” Creative Contests

 Buena Vista Heritage proudly announces a trio of creative contests in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s “Between Fences” exhibit August 12 – September 30, 2011.  The Theme for the contest is FENCES.

The contest has three Categories:

There are four Age Divisions:
11 – 18

Judging Criteria
Each entry will be judged on how well it portrays the theme of “Fences”, and on its artistic and technical merits.  Judges will award winners in each Age Division for each Category (12 awards).  Judges will award one Grand Champion in each Category (photography, video and writing).  The three Grand Champions will receive a cash prize.  All decisions by the judges are final.

Since Buena Vista Heritage is a non-profit organization dependant on donations in order to operate, we ask each adult artist to donate at least $5.00 per entry to help defray expenses and to support BVH’s mission of preserving and sharing the history of Buena Vista and Chaffee County for the education and enjoyment of all. 

Winners will be announced at the “Between Fences” Opening Reception on Friday, August 12.

Entries must be received by July 15.  Deliver to the Heritage Museum, 506 East Main during open hours (Mon-Sat 10-5, 12-5 on Sunday, after May 28), or mail to Buena Vista Heritage, POB 1414, Buena Vista CO 81211.

All entries will be displayed to the public throughout the “Between Fences” exhibition, and may be used for promotional and advertising purposes.  Entries will be released to the artist September 26-30, 2011.  Any entries not picked up by 5:00 p.m. Friday, September 30 will be claimed by BVH as donations.  BVH may then display, sell, dispose of, or otherwise use the entry for any purposes consistent with the BVH mission, including advertising.


Thank you for supporting BVH in this collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution, Colorado Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This event is made possible with the support of Colorado Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Colorado Humanities.

Buena Vista Heritage: To Preserve and Share the history of Buena Vista and Chaffee County

Buena Vista Heritage, PO Box 1414, Buena Vista, CO 81211.     (719) 395-8458.

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Entry Form for Between Fences Creative Contest.  Entries due by July 15, 2011

Name: ______________________________________          Mailing Address: _____________________________

____________________________________________         Phone: _____________________________________

E-Mail: _____________________________________

Category: Photography     Video       Writing

Age Division:    10 and Under     11 – 18      Adult     Professional

Donation amount: $__________________

I understand that my work will be on public display at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum, and may be used by Buena Vista Heritage for promotional purposes, including website and internet usage, now and in the future. I understand and agree to comply with all contest rules.

Signature: _____________________________________________________ Date: __________________

Parent’s Signature if contestant is a minor: __________________________________________________

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Museum gets facelift

Bill Simon, board member, chicken caretaker, and landscape visionary, tackled the brushy museum exterior.  Notice the scraggly juniper bushes and the giant tree in the foreground on the left.

The tall evergreen on the far right is a Blue Spruce.  Notice how much it grew in the five years between these photos. 

The two evergreens framing the museum door are both Bristlecone Pines, trees native to California and a few places in the Rockies, like along the Mount Evans Highway.  They grow at high altitude right at tree-line, so they’re usually squat, twisted trees.  Ours are examples of 40-year-old bristlecones grown with protection and water.  A Bristlecone in California is the old living individual organism on Earth.

After Bill finished, the museum face became easy to see.  It’s now all neat and tidy.

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BVH Receives grant from Colorado Humanities!

Buena Vista Heritage is proud to announce receipt of a grant from Colorado Humanities  to help support the upcoming exhibit, “Between Fences.” Colorado Humanities’ mission is: “To inspire the people of Colorado to explore ideas and to appreciate our diverse cultural heritage.” Colorado Humanities is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Between Fences  is a travelling exhibit produced by the Smithsonian Institution. It examines American concepts and history of land ownership and usage through photographs, provocative labels, and interactive displays. “Between Fences” will be at the Buena Vista Heritage Museum, 506 East Main, from August 12 – September 30, 2011.

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