Last Friday, our hard-working, dedicated Museum Director, Shelley Popke accepted a well-deserved award from History Colorado, the 2020 Hart Award for historic preservation. History Colorado created a documentary to showcase the Museum and explain why its restoration was so important for our state. Hear Shelley talk about the building's history and the Museum's desire to keep it looking the way it did when Tony's Conoco closed in 1996. Also, learn how she took on the massive project of preserving a building built in 1883 and what it took to make it all happen. Duane Vandenbusche Ed.D. is also featured in the documentary discussing the previous owner of the building, Tony Mihelich and why he himself, along with the Conoco Store he operated within its walls for 56 years were so important to the community. He tells us, "The building has made everybody in Crested Butte and the Gunnison Valley proud."
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Window Exhibit She Will Not Be Silenced: Celebrating 100 Years of the Female Vote December 12, 2019 - January 31, 2020 Throughout the fall semester of 2019, we, a cohort of students in the History Department at Western Colorado University have been working on a project to expose the history behind women’s suffrage in the…Read more
Please enjoy these video clips from our first Counterculture Panel! Clip 1 Clip 2 Clip 3 Clip 4 Clip 5 Clip 6 Clip 7Read more
What happens to an item in the collections? When historic items walk through the door, museum staff always gets excited. It means we are going to hear new stories and learn more about our local history. The donor will meet with the curator and share what they know about the item. It is accepted into…Read more
The Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum is excited to announce that executive director Shelley Popke, architect Jessica Reske, and general contractor Kevin Donovan are receiving a 2020 Stephen H. Hart Award for Historic Preservation for their work preserving our home, affectionately known as Tony’s Conoco. The Hart Awards, named after Colorado’s first State Historic Preservation…Read more