18 - 10:00 a.m.
Historic Walking Tour of Sunnyside Cemetery, Victor
Step back in time and learn about Victor’s
1890’s cemetery, its residents, and the history that brought them to the
gold mining camp. This event is sponsored by the Victor Lowell Thomas
Museum and will be held Saturday, May 18 as part of Colorado’s Archaeology and
Historic Preservation Month.
Local historian Veldean Petri will provide
insights into the cemetery, its history and some of its residents. The
event will be held at the Sunnyside Cemetery which is south of town off
Seventh Street. Meet just outside the gate in Pauper’s Field by 10 a.m.
Pre-paid credit card reservations are
encouraged and can be made at VictorColorado.com. Tickets at the event
are by cash only. All tickets are $10 per person. Proceeds benefit the
museum’s building and restoration fund.
Be sure to dress appropriately for spring
mountain weather (which can include wind, cold temperatures, snow, and
rain), wear good hiking shoes or boots, and bring water and sunscreen.
There are no restroom facilities at the cemetery.
Grant Helps Identify Faces from the Past
at Victor Lowell Thomas Museum
Stacks of photos, some faded, some sepia,
some cracked from time – children smiling, women posed in tall hats
trying to show poise in the stiff, proper posture of the day, men
looking debonair or rough and ready to go 1,000 feet down in a mine
shaft as their daily toil - photos that could tell a treasure of
stories, but bear no names, and thus their stories lost.
The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum has a trove
of historic photos; many are of unidentified folks who came here in
search of riches in the gold fields. These photos tend to sit in boxes
or files and do not get the attention of the well-known and easily
documented faces. This does not make them any lease important in our
mission to interpret the past or link the past to our future.
Every summer in person, and every off-season
by email, we experience the search for lost family. Relatives inquire
about grandparents, parents and others who either passed briefly through
Victor during the years of the 1890’s gold rush or settled here to stake
a longer claim in the history of the gold camp. In an effort to connect
the living with those of the past, the museum requested a grant from the
Colorado Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM) to help fund a program to
identify the lost faces of the gold rush.
With the funding, as well as volunteer time,
we were able to begin our project by scanning, printing and posting
online over 100 photos. The images have been posted on our website pages
at VictorColorado.com (see link under Victor History) and have been
printed and placed in a binder in the museum. Those seeking lost
relatives can email identities from the website or come into the museum
and page through the photos to identify faces and share stories. Locals
are also welcome to come by and look through the notebook and help us
put names and stories with the faces.
See VictorColorado.com for more information, 2013 museum hours and
Feb. 16 - 1 & 2 p.m.
Victor SteamPunk Event Features Nikola Tesla
and 1899 Gold Coin Mine and Club Tours
THANKS FOR ALL THE
SUPPORT - THIS EVENT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS
Steam Punk Festival
Feb. 16 Victor will turn back the clocks and
celebrate a weekend of SteamPunk fun and adventure.
The Victor Lowell Thomas Museum and Southern
Teller County Focus Group have teamed up to offer an exclusive afternoon
of exploring Victor’s historic Gold Coin Mine as part of the SteamPunk
event, which is a cross between Victorian and Science Fiction.
Tours of the surface area of the Gold Mine,
discovered in the early 1890s and built by the Woods family who founded
Victor, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Victor resident and
former hard rock miner Gary Horton will conduct the tour, which will
include access to the gated area near the hoist, as well as the gated
will re-enact the character of Nikola Tesla in the historic Gold Coin
Club, built in 1899 as an athletic club for miners of the Gold Coin
Mine. Nikola Tesla, though considered eccentric and even referred
to as a mad scientist, was an inventor beyond his time. Because of his eccentric personality and his seemingly
unbelievable and sometimes bizarre claims about possible scientific and
technological developments, such as wireless signals, electric current
and radio waves, Tesla was ultimately ostracized by the social world of
the 1890s. Tours of the club building will be held after the