2011 Conference Workshops and Tours

Workshops and Tours

Pre-Conference Workshops
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thinking Big and Building Exhibits with a Small Budget 
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College
This pre-conference workshop will focus on a variety of exhibit solutions that can be accomplished by amateurs. The presenter will look at the nuts and bolts of exhibit production from A-Z, and get you started on producing better in-house exhibits. Demonstrations and hands-on projects will include planning exhibit cases that can be retrofitted to accommodate multiple types of exhibit and artifacts. We will look at case lighting and supplemental lighting solutions, creating case furniture such as risers and slants boards from materials easily available from your local sources, creating plexi walls and bonnets without fabrication skills, and more.
Fee: $40
Presenter: Jack Townes, Exhibition Designer/Preparator, Skycraft Designs, Estacada, OR

Off the Walls: Online Exhibits from the Ground Up
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College
In this workshop participants will learn the basics of planning an online exhibit incorporating digital content; successful tips for web writing; examine successful online exhibit models; and evaluation techniques. A combination of presentations, hands-on exercises, and small group work will allow participants to keep exhibit content rich, meaningful, and interactive for online visitors. Online exhibits promise the ability to connect our audiences with our intellectual capital. But how is it done—and how can it be done well—so that exhibits remain meaningful and valuable to visitors, donors, and stakeholders? Traditional exhibits bring objects, images, and ideas to life for visitors through storytelling, diverse presentation media, and learning opportunities that engage multiple intelligences. Online exhibits should do so as well, but many in the history field are intimidated by the technology, the planning process, and question how they will evaluate an exhibit online. This workshop will be a highly interactive, fun, and interesting half day with practical applications for participants.
Fee: $24
Presenter: Leigh A. Grinstead, Digital Initiatives Consultant, LYRASIS, Denver, CO

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words
10:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.*
Location: Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College
Flickr is the most popular photo-sharing website on the internet and has several groups targeted for museums. This is a step-by-step walk-through of what Flickr has to offer. This includes uploading images, adding tags, blogging and “tweeting” about the images. Even though the workshop will mainly focus on Flickr, we will also compare it to a few of the other photo-sharing sites. By the end of the workshop participants will have a basic understanding of uploading and organizing their photos and be able to socialize their museum or organization in pictures. Some projects to be mentioned include virtual tours, advertising and blogging about events.
*There will be 45 minutes built in for lunch on your own in the cafeteria
Fee: $25
Presenter: Cecily North, Assistant Archivist, Douglas County History Research Center, Castle Rock, CO


Back Country Day Hike into Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
with Historian Dr. Andrew Gulliford 

7 a.m. – 4 p.m. including roundtrip drive from Durango
Time and place: Meet at 8 a.m. Sunday April 17th at the Colorado Welcome Center in Cortez (right side of Highway 160 West, 928 E. Main). We will then carpool to McElmo Canyon and the trailhead. Bring lunch, plenty of water, cameras, binoculars, good boots, and hiking sticks for this moderate hike.
This is a five mile loop hike into a recently designated Bureau of Land Management National Monument set aside by President Clinton. Canyons of the Ancients contains one of the highest densities of archaeological sites in the United States, and it is spearheading an “outdoor museum” concept. We will take a back country trail into East Rock Creek and then intersect with the Sand Canyon Trail to see remote Ancestral Puebloan sites and defensive breastworks from 800 years ago. A minimum of six people is required. Maximum of ten. Dogs are okay. We should be back at the trailhead around 3 p.m.
Fee: Free
Presenter: Dr. Gulliford, professor of history at Fort Lewis College in Durango, has his third federal appointment to the BLM’s SW Colorado Resource Advisory Council. He wrote an Historical Account Of These Canyons for The Canm General Management Plan. He regularly donates this tour as an auction item for non-profit environmental groups including Western Colorado Congress.

San Juan County Solutions 
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Meet the vans in front of the Strater Hotel for a drive across the state line. Visit three New Mexico museums facing unique collections and preservation issues to review and discuss the approach taken to resolve those issues.
The tour will begin at Aztec Museum’s Pioneer Village, where board member Marti Kirchmer will show examples of preserved and relocated historic structures and discuss some of the particular issues confronted by this small community and the solutions approached. Learn about this small community museum of volunteers and their struggle to preserve elements of their historical and ancient past.
Next, you’ll drive to Farmington and go behind the scenes at the Farmington Museum with Debbie Doggett, Collections Manager. Participants will tour the new collections storage area of the Farmington Museum. Experience Farmington’s solution to immediate storage needs and share in a discussion about the unique needs of their energy, historical, and art collections.
Then network over lunch before driving to Bloomfield to Salmon Ruins. Nancy Sweet Espinosa, Curator & Education Coordinator, will give a brief history of the stewardship and excavation of Salmon Ruin and the ongoing Salmon Preservation Project. Take a short tour of the working labs and new Curation Facility which will ultimately house the complete 1.5 million item archaeological collection.
Detailed itinerary available from Jan Postler.
Fee: Donation for gas appreciated – Limited to 14 persons

Museums of the San Juan Skyway 
As you’re leaving Durango, consider a self-guided tour of the historic San Juan Skyway including some very special regional museums. Rich in mining history, railroading history as well as Puebloan history, the San Juan Skyway is also one of the most gorgeous stretches of road in the country.
Heading North? Head west out of Durango and then north to visit the Anasazi Heritage Center in the morning, the historic town of Telluride and the Telluride Historical Museum for lunch, and hit the Ridgway Railroad Museum on your way. Or, head north out of Durango, and visit the San Juan County Historical Society in historic Silverton, the Ouray County Historical Museum in historic Ouray, and the Ridgway Railroad Museum on your way. These museums are typically closed during the month of April, so please let them know of your intent to visit by registering.
Fee: Free

The Home for History: Tour of the New Animas Museum Collections Facility 
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Animas Museum, 3065 W. 2nd Ave. (drive north on Main, turn left on 31st St. The Museum is on the Southwest corner of 31st & W. 2nd).
As a follow-up to the session on designing collections storage in historic buildings, the Animas Museum will host an open house and tour of its new collections storage and work space and rehoused collections in the 1904 Animas City School. A new 4th level resulted from reconstruction of the original hip-style roof that burned in 1919 and was replaced by a flat roof. A uniquely configured Space Saver system and various methods of rehousing will be shown by Curator of Collections/Registrar Jan Postler and Beverly Perkins, Conservator for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming.
Fee: Free

Preview the New Southern Ute Museum 
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum (SUCCM) in Ignacio will host an after CWAM tour of the new facility, Sunday April 17, 2011. This is a special two-hour offering to receive a ‘behind the scenes’ tour with Terri Schindel, Conservator. You may arrive at any time between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and tours are approximately 1 hour. Family members are welcome. SUCCM will open to the general public on May 21, 2011. Stay in Ignacio for lunch at the Sky Ute Casino, which also offers bowling and miniature golf.
Fee: Free

Ride the Rails: The Cascade Winter Train 
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Meet at the Railroad Depot prepared to board the CWAM car at 9:45 a.m. departing at 10:00 for a ride on the narrow gauge steam train 52 miles round trip through the San Juan National Forest in the comfort of heated coaches. You will be accompanied by Railroad Museum Director Jeff Ellingson on this scenic trip to the Cascade Wye, a wilderness destination and the perfect setting for the fire-side lunch, photo opportunities, demonstration of the coal-fired steam engine or a walk along the Animas River before returning to the Railroad Museum at the Durango depot. Lunch is available for an extra $10. Contact Jan Postler for details on lunches.
Fee: $49* *This reflects 20% discount to CWAM

Center of Southwest Studies: Open House and Tours 
10:00 a.m. – 12:00
Visit the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College and view “Treasures Unveiled” and Frontier Blues”, our two new major exhibits. Take a tour of The Durango Collection® of Southwest Textiles and behind the scene areas with curator Jeanne Brako.
Fee: Free

Behind the Scenes at Mesa Verde 
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Mesa Verde National Park is offering a behind the scenes tour of the park’s historic district. Included in the tour will be examples of the Modified Pueblo Revival style buildings that comprise the Headquarters Area. Part of this, “behind the scenes” tour will include the Superintendent’s Residence (House #1) and the water tower residence (House #8). We will also tour one of the original CCC camps and explore some of the landscape features that remain from this era. Please join us for a unique tour of Mesa Verde’s historic district. This tour will be on Sunday from 1 to 3 PM, leaving several hours to explore the rest of the park on your own. The entrance to the park is 45 miles west of Durango on Highway 160 West. Meeting point is 23 miles from entrance. Plan for 1 hour and 45 minutes from Durango.
Fee: Free

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