About Us - the museums of the San Luis Valley
The San Luis Valley Museum Association was established in 1998 by Margaret Finnerty in cooperation with the other museums in the Valley. The www.museumtrail.org website went live that same year providing the first internet access for all the Valley's museums.
This collaboration and support of each other's museums has allowed these small, mostly volunteer-run museums to keep their doors open and continue their efforts to preserve, protect and celebrate the history of the San Luis Valley.
The association has grown from its original 12 member museums to 20. We were happy to bring into our family the Francisco Fort Museum in La Veta and Hinsdale County Museum in Lake City. Though these museums technically fall outside of the Valley boundaries we welcomed them with open arms to support our larger mission of supporting those museums in southern Colorado that wish to preserve the history of the people's and cultures that have called this area of Colorado home. We also have the unique pleasure to include the La Verada del Norte Chapter of the Old Spanish Trail, our "outdoor museum."
Our mission - to support the Association's member museums in their efforts to celebrate, preserve and promote the history of the Valley through its collections and in the study of the people, culture, places, and events of the San Luis Valley.
To make a donation to the association in support of our efforts, click here.
To make a request to be an industry partner member, click here.
"Come out and step into Colorado history!!"
San Luis Valley Museum Association
Standing L to R: Judy Walden, Jane Rhett (Homelake Veterans Museum), Peg Schall (Monte Vista Historical Society Museum), Kim McKee (Francisco Fort Museum), Anita McDaniel (Fort Garland Museum), Jeannie Ewing (Saguache County Museum), Louise Colville and Nancy Schrader (Rio Grande County Museum), Kat Olance (SLVMA). Seated L to R: Sue Getz (Homelake Veterans Museum), Jim Loud and Bob Seago (Creede Historical Society Museum).