Upcoming Events

The Museum is open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10am until 4pm and on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1pm until 4pm.

Cover of book on La Plata County

On Saturday, July 13th at 1 p.m., Ed Horvat, the author of Images of America: La Plata County will be speaking about his new book containing over 200 images of the County. Ed writes the popular column And The West is History that appears in The Durango Herald every week. View the recording here.

hand holding ice cream cone

The third annual Ice Cream Social, benefiting the Animas Museum and La Plata County Historical Society will be held on Sunday, July 28th from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Gable House, 805 E. 5th Ave.

Image of a log cabin

On Saturday, August 10th at 1 p.m., learn about the oldest standing structure in Durango, the Joy Cabin, and the restoration work the La Plata County Historical Society is doing. (The photo above is before restoration.) Join local historian Charles DiFerdinando as he talks about log cabin construction. Because of the heat, this might be tricky, we are going to be live outside at the Museum and on Zoom. There is no charge for the event which will be recorded. Register for Zoom here.

interior of a classroom

Save the date! Come "Back to School" at the the Animas Museum on September 21st as part of the Southwest Colorado Humanities Roundtable History Live! celebration. We'll have recreations of class in the early 1900s, reunions for those who attended school at the Animas City School, and an open house for educators to learn about our programs. More information to come.

Oral Histories and Documentaries

collage of images of Buffalo Soldiers

It's live, Buffalo Soldiers: Return to Animas City The Video! If you missed the event or want to hear the story of the Buffalo Soldiers again, you can watch it now on our Youtube channel here.

Sketch of the Rico Depot with a shadow of a little girl

We are absolutely thrilled to release this oral history "I Lived in the Rico Depot" presented by life-long Colorado resident, Joanne Branson Smith. Joanne's earliest memories of childhood are of her adventures in and around the Denver Rio Grande Southern (RGS) railroad depot in Rico, CO. Joanne gave this talk at the Museum in November, 2022 and volunteer Larry Bollinger has done an amazing job to preserve her memories. You can watch it on our Youtube channel here.

Learn about the Great Fire of 1889

Download a device friendly copy of the walking tour here or a printable version of the pdf here.

Click here for past events, photographs, and recorded webinars.