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The Crested Butte Museum has preserved many photographs, artifacts, and stories since its inception in 1993.  Community members and historians over the years have been recorded in the form of first accounts, oral histories, and various webinar series.  Explore our digital library from anywhere to learn about the history of Crested Butte!

Oral Histories

Oral History: Rudy and Esther Verzuh

Oral History: Rudy and Esther Verzuh

Rudy Verzuh was born in Crested Butte in 1909 and was one of eight kids, Rose, Mary, Mie, Fanny, Emmy, Martin, and Jay. Rudy and his siblings worked chores at their parents'  grocery, which they had bought from Mike Fisher and called Martin Verzuh’s General...

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Discovering the Real Al Johnson

Discovering the Real Al Johnson

LOOKING FOR AL - Discovering the Real Al Johnson, the Heroic Mail Carrier, and on at least one Occasion the Female Impersonating, Downhill Champion of the 1880's -Written by Michael Callihan Google the phrase “Al Johnson Race costumes” and you'll find photos of skiers...

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History of the Gunnison Country Series 

With Duane Vandenbusche

Colorado State Historian and Western Colorado University professor, Dr. Duane Vandenbusche shares stories and pictures from the history of the Gunnison Country. Each lecture focuses on a different theme from Gunnison Country history.

 

 

Crested Butte History Series

By Red Lady Films

Interviews with folks who have called Crested Butte home. Each discusses a topic important to them and how it influences the Gunnison Valley. Videos by Red Lady Films. A special thank you to the Crested Butte Creative District for supporting projects like these.

 

featured video: tuck on winter

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Preservation Month Series

The Crested Butte Museum held an online speaker series celebrating National Preservation Month in Gunnison County. We aimed to highlight the many significant rehabilitation efforts that have preserved the history of our communities.

 

History at Home Series

Through “History at Home,” the museum aims to connect you with our history and with each other. We aim to bring a diverse array of voices to dig into history from different perspectives. You’ll be surprised by what you learn! From fur trappers in the West to the Gunnison Valley Cora community, you’ll hear stories from people in and out of the valley.

featured video: cora migration