The Walsenburg Museum is asking for $1500. We will utilize new imaging techniques available to preserve and enhance photographs previously considered too damaged or frail for display. We will restore, repair, and enlarge photographs while improving storage space for the collection. New display space will not only include "jail time", but Walsenburg history as well.
Walsenburg Mining Museum
Keeping the past present
2021 was a successful year for the Mining Museum even though Covid-19 restrictions limited visitors and public viewing. The success of the summer season lies in the dedication of docents that opened museum doors three days a week May through September. Private tours became very popular to tourists calling in advance or calling the number posted on the doors. Many volunteer hours were dedicated to house cleaning and reorganization of archives. The upstairs rooms which once served as the jailer's living quarters, have been repurposed for storage and preservation space. (As we sorted, filed, and preserved, it was hard to imagine the jailer's wife cooking the inmate's meals while raising their children in such limited space and extreme heat.)
The 1896 jailhouse became vacant in 1989 when the new county jail was built across the street. The WMM's previous location at 5th and Main was being sold. Dedicated historians and volunteers joined county officials and employees to take this opportunity to give the WMM a "new" home in the "old" jail. Now the 1896 jail is the oldest member of the new Huerfano County Judicial Complex created with completion of the new judicial center this year.
Our reorganizing has emphasized the need to develop some new exhibits and refresh the photograph collection. Infatuation with the "old jail house" has grown to include an increased interest in the history of Walsenburg. Our board members and volunteers are enthusiastic to expand exhibits to include the history of Walsenburg as well as mining.