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Betty Spehar Children’s Exhibit

Remembering a Local Legend through an Interactive Children’s History Exhibit

Learn something new about our local history while your kids, grandkids and little friends sit in old-style school desks and do craft projects about historic Crested Butte! The Betty Spehar Children’s Exhibit features self-led and parent administered activities for children, distinguished by height and complexity. 

Young visitors enthusiastic about the model town and railroad will explore the role trains played in the day to day life of the community. Kids can build toy railroads and towns on a mat resembling the Gunnison Valley or complete a scavenger hunt to get a sticker. Parents can also complete their own scavenger hunt and watch oral histories about the history of transportation with your kiddos. Through the activities and stories featured in the exhibit, young visitors will develop a sense of place and begin to understand the geographical context of town. This exhibit was made possible with the generous support of the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Rotary.

The Children's Exhibit has been installed in memory of Betty Spehar. Spehar was on the board of the first Crested Butte Society which sought to preserve the history of the area and set the stage for an actual museum. She went to serve on the Museum board once the non-profit was organized, becoming involved in the eventual purchase of Tony's Conoco for the permanent home of Gunnison Valley historic collections. She was a teacher for 40 years, most of which, she spent at Western State College and Crested Butte Community School. Betty Spehar played a role in many people's lives through education and history.