June 24, 2009

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting at the Trinidad History Museum

Trinidad, CO--The Barglow Building at the Trinidad History Museum will be the center of activity on Friday, July 24, between 4-6 PM.  The public is invited to celebrate an exhibit opening, the new education center, and a special Santa Fe Trail sign.  The Trinidad/Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at 5:15 PM.

“The Trinidad Colony: Italians of Colorado” is part of the museum’s summer programs about  Italian/American art, history, and culture.  The exhibit, in the new Davenport Gallery next to the gift shop, features the Bonacquisti, Marta, Bonino, Cesario,Vallone, Cimino, Maio, Latuda, and Scavotto families.

Next to the Davenport Gallery, the Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway- Mountain Branch Organization will unveil a light box in the Colorado Byway Visitor Center and Trinidad Information Center. The colorful piece depicts a scenic view through a Hole in the Rock on the Rocking 7K Ranch. A framed map of Colorado’s Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail will be dedicated and visitors can take home a copy.  An additional light box and framed map will be placed in the El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo, Colorado. Both museums are properties of the Colorado Historical Society.

The Santa Fe Trail Byway will also unveil a traveling media center which will direct visitors to the treasures of our National Scenic Byway. This project is funded by a grant from FHWA America’s Byways program, administered by the Scenic Byway Program managed by the Colorado Department of Transportation, with matching funds from the Colorado Historical Society and the Santa Fe Trail Scenic and Historic Byway-Mountain Branch Organization. These groups worked together on these projects to enhance the traveler experience and develop heritage tourism in Trinidad and elsewhere on Colorado’s portion of the Santa Fe Trail.

Also on Friday, the Society is proud to unveil the Museum Education Center on the second floor.  Work has just been completed to paint, finish hard wood floors, uncover an old pocket door, and widen an interior door to create the Howard-Cawley Room, which will be used for workshops, meetings, receptions, and other small gatherings.

The second floor also contains new storage space for the museum’s education collection (traveling trunks, props, and supplies) in the Freudenthal Room and the office of the Assistant to the Director, who is the museum educator and garden manager, in the Aultman Room.

In 1906, Dr. Robert Davenport, who was an ear, throat and nose specialist, had constructed the two-story brick building. His office was on the first floor and the family lived in the upstairs apartment.

After Davenport, three other physicians occupied the building: William Howard, Bernard Cawley, and David Barglow.  In 1964, Alfred Freudenthal purchased and donated the building to the Colorado Historical Society which by then was operating the Bloom Mansion and Santa Fe Trail Museum as state museums and had plans to restore the Baca House.

As part of the Barglow Building project, the second floor is now accessible for people with mobility impairment from the Baca-Bloom Heritage Gardens.  On Sunday, July 26, the gardens, which were also made accessible, will be the site of the first major event since the upgrades were completed.  The museum hosts an ice cream social with the Trinidad Italian Club and a free concert by the Colorado Italian Musicmasters Association and the Trinidad Area Community Band at 2:00 PM.

Funding for the projects to upgrade the Barglow Building and Baca-Bloom Heritage Gardens came from a Federal Byways Enhancement Grant administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation with some matching funds from the State of Colorado.

For more information, call the museum at 719-846-7217.