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Join us for The 2021 Black & White Ball!

This year, we're getting the ball rolling!  Join us on Sunday, June 27th from 4pm-6pm through the streets of Crested Butte.  Don your finest Black & White attire and follow the live music hosted on a moving trailer on foot, bike, or however you like!  View the route and schedule below!


History of The Crested Butte Area with Duane Vandenbusche

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History At Home!

In 2020, the Museum hosted "History at Home," a virtual speaker series exploring different themes from Colorado and local history.

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Duane Vandenbusche Named Official CO State Historian!

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Watch Past Gunnison Country Webinars with Duane Vandenbusche! 

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Watch past Preservation Speaker Series Videos!


The Railroad depot             

County Projects

The City of Gunnison

Tony's Conoco

Living History


Like communities large and small around the world, the people of Crested Butte are living through a once-in-a-generation event. A global pandemic found its way into our home at the end of the road faster and more furiously than anyone expected. Its impacts are already so far reaching—and still we can only speculate as to what the near and distant future holds.

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The 2020 Hart Award For Historic Preservation

Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum executive director Shelley Popke, Form + Works Design Group architect Jessica Reske, and MB Builders general contractor Kevin Donovan were awarded the 2020 Stephen H. Hart Award for Historic Preservation at the Saving Places Conference in Denver on January 31, 2020.  They were recognized for their work preserving the Museum’s home, affectionately known as Tony’s Conoco. The Hart Awards, named after Colorado’s first State Historic Preservation Officer, are History Colorado’s premier celebration of archaeology and preservation projects worthy of statewide recognition. The Museum is grateful to History Colorado for recognizing our preservation efforts through this esteemed award and to our generous donors for supporting our Preserve Tony’s capital campaign. Stop by the Museum at 4th and Elk to view our exhibit about this preservation project and see the work first hand. Together, we can make the past a living part of the future!

We invite those who also share in these memories to come and join the conversation to share stories of your own. The Museum encourages the audience to come with questions and stories to help us truly understand how the 1970s laid the foundation for the community we know today.

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Black & Not Right Now Ball

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Thanks to a generous grant from the Crested Butte / Mt. Crested Butte Rotary Club, the Museum was able to upgrade our digital recording equipment and increase our collection of oral histories for community members.  Also, thanks to a grant from the Crested Butte Creative District the Museum hired two video editors to create ten short videos about the history of Crested Butte. To view samples of these oral histories and the short videos, go to our Vimeo page and Facebook page.  Share your stories with us!  Call the Museum at 970-349-1880 to schedule an interview.

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Fun Facts about Crested Butte



A perfect slope

Crested Butte Mountain rises to 12,162 feet (3,707 m) above sea level. The ski area base is at 9,375 feet. Crested Butte Mountain Resort features 15 chairlifts that offer access to 1,547 acres of inbounds terrain. Additionally, CBMR has 542 acres of Extreme Limits double black diamond terrain. The large amount of extreme skiing terrain at Crested Butte has attracted the US Extreme Skiing Championships and the X Games.

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Famous Mountain Biking

Crested Butte played a key part in the birth of mountain biking. Some people debate whether the sport started in California or the mountains of Colorado. But, we're proud of our mountain bike heritage and celebrate it with our mountain bike exhibit that plays tribute to local legends and their achievements on two wheels.

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Mine Craft

Long before Crested Butte became known for skiing, mountain biking, and wildflowers, it was home to a thriving community of miners. Preserving the history of the people who worked the hard life in the mines is a key reason the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum exists.

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Flauschink Spring Festival

Even if it takes a made-up holiday, Crested Butte residents always find an excuse to party. Join Crested Butte residents as they flush out winter and welcome spring over the closing weekend at the ski resort. If you can't visit us that weekend, check out the museum's Flauschink exhibit to explore the history of this unique holiday.

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