Save the Date – June 25th
You are invited to a book signing and free program at the Saguache County Museum on Sunday, June 25th at 1:30 pm. This definitely will be a program you don’t want to miss!
Tracy Beach is an author, who was raised in Salida. She has written My Life as a Whore, the biography of Madam Laura Evens 1871-1953. Laura called Salida home for 53 years. Tracy was “determined to give this wonderful woman her final wish, a biography of her amazing life.” Also, she is in the process of revising The Tunnels Under Our Feet: Colorado’s Forgotten Hollow Sidewalks.
The program will be about Laura Evens, who “wasn’t any ordinary soiled dove from the days of Colorado’s Wild West. Raised by a Grand Cyclops of the KKK from the Mobile, Alabama, branch, she wasn’t about to let anything stand in the way of what she wanted. She wanted to be rich.
From…a gun fight to help save her business, her failed attempts to prevent her friends from poisoning themselves, selling bootleg booze for her supplier who lay dying on her couch, hiding battered women and children from distraught husbands suffering the effects of the Depression, to identifying the corpse of a friend beaten to death by a lover – all the while achieving her goal of owning an entire red light district”, in Salida “which stayed open until December 1949…which was longer than any other in Colorado, due largely to the unusual qualities of its owner.”
Ms. Beach and her 18-year-old daughter will dress in vintage clothing for their presentation. They will tell stories that did not make it into the book. Some stories may be “a little naughty”. There will be a slide show (vintage 1972 projector) with NO nude pictures, and they will present artifacts.
Ms. Beach will sign her book, My Life as a Whore, and include a really cool brass brothel token with each sale.
Laura Evens said, “I’m not a lady of the lamp light, I’m not a soiled dove…I’m a Whore. Call me what I am.”
The program is free. Refreshments are served. Donations are accepted.
The Rio Grande County Museum will be having a “Midsommar” celebration on Saturday, June 24th, 2017, beginning at 10 am. This is a Swedish holiday celebrated each year around the summer solstice to welcome the beginning of summer! Louise Colville will give a presentation about Swede Lane at 2pm. Printed tours of Swede Lane will also be available. In recognition of the many different groups that settled in Rio Grande County with this shared custom, the Rio Grande County Museum will also be serving different foods from the various cultures for guests to taste. Many of the early settlers from Rio Grande County came from Sweden, but many immigrants of other nationalities that settled in the county, including German, Irish, and Scottish, had their own Midsummer’s (St. John’s) Day customs. The Hispanic population also celebrated with San Juan’s Feast Day. Come join us for the Midsommar celebration! The Rio Grande County Museum is located at 580 Oak Street, Del Norte, Colorado 81132. Hours are 10am – 4pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 10am – 3pm Saturday. Please call 719-657-2847 with any questions.
by Sylvia Lobato, Conejos County Citizen
A building that has served residents since the 1930s will again host community events, according to Bob Rael, executive director of the Costilla County Economic Development Council (CCEDC). Rael notes that when the San Luis Museum and Cultural Center closed due to lack of funding, the community felt the loss.
The building, which has a very rich history, then sat empty and unused for some time. Through the efforts of many, especially the CCEDC, it is anticipated the museum will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The museum will also open by appointment basis during other days of the week. For appointments, please call 719-672-0999. If no one answers, leave a message.
In the 1930s, the Works Projects Administration (WPA) erected the building as the San Luis Institute, a satellite of Adams State College offering vocational and teacher training, making it possible for many residents of Costilla County to acquire a trade or college degree.
Several of the graduates went on to serve as teachers at Centennial Schools.
The building was acquired in 1954 by the Centennial School District to house the original Centennial Union High School and then fell into community hands.
When closure seemed inevitable, the county used an adjoining building as the courthouse while its old building was being renovated, and there was sufficient funding to keep the doors open and pay the basic bills, but after being shut down for another two years, it appeared that it might be mothballed.
Water pipes had burst, warping the wooden floors in the main entrance area. The electrical and plumbing systems were very outdated, while the adobe structure, perhaps the largest building in the town of San Luis, sat empty.
It had educated both teachers and students and had served as the keeper of local history and traditions through its museum.
The San Luis Museum and Cultural Center served as testament to the town’s proud history as the first continuous settlement in the State of Colorado. It helped to preserve Hispano history of the region with excellent exhibits, including Cultura Constante (Constant Culture) and the Morada exhibit, devoted to Los Hermanos Penitentes.
It also housed a good collection of santos from different historical periods and regions. Rael reported that many local residents had taken their family treasures to be exhibited, including a tribute to the many veterans that have come from the county. These exhibits and artifacts remain and have been preserved.
The Costilla County Economic Development Council, Inc., (CCEDC) under the direction of Rael made a deliberate effort to save the museum. Board President Felix Romero led a group of dedicated local residents to seek funding to re-open the museum.
Thanks to a special initiative created by History Colorado’s State Historical Fund, the CCEDC was able to acquire funding to begin the long road to restoring the building — inside and out.
Since it was such a large building, with complex and varying needs, it has taken several grants to restore the building and prepare it for a multi-purpose, multi-use facility. The board of directors decided to rename the facility the Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center.
The Centennial School District agreed to lease the building for a nominal amount on a 99-year lease, granting CCEDC permission to restore the building and re-open it at a future date. As the work progressed, many of the residents wondered when and if the museum would ever open. The restoration was more complicated than anyone had anticipated.
Several phases of the restoration have been funded by History Colorado’s State Historical Fund and the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area has provided consistent funding, as have foundations such as Anschutz Family Foundation, El Pomar, Trinchera Foundation, Gates Foundation, National Trust Preservation Fund, and the Costilla County Lodging Tax Fund. Costilla County government and the town of San Luis have also contributed in-kind support, ensuring local buy-in.
After seven years, the Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center will be beginning Phase II with a grant from the State Historical Fund.
This summer, there will be electrical upgrades and installation of a heating system in the theater portion of the building. The building will then be able to be used in the winter as well as the summer.
In addition to restoration work, the CCEDC is establishing a community kitchen through the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) and USDA funding.
The planned community kitchen will be available for Centennial School students for classes and projects, community events, family gatherings, professional catering, professional meetings and small conferences.
Work on the community kitchen will likely be in progress during the coming summer as well.
According to Rael, the restoration of this historic building would not have been possible without the State Historical Fund. Total funding over the seven years is $740,027.
The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area has also provided consistent funding for a total of $83,195. Foundations have contributed $138,714, Costilla County, $7,500, Costilla County Lodging Tax Board, $3,250 and USDA, $51,750. The total funding for the Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center is $1,024,436.
As the museum opens, there will be many needs, chief of which will be volunteer support.
At this time, the Center does not have operating funds. Fund raising will shift from restoration needs to operation needs.
Human resources and funding will keep the doors open when all of the restoration is finished until a permanent funding stream can be established. a membership program, individual and corporate donor program and program funding.
The first proposal is for a planning grant from the State Historical Fund for an exhibit on the Hispano Farm System, which will include centennial farms and the centuries old acequia system.
If the grant is funded, scholars and community tradition bearers/practitioners will plan a permanent exhibit in the museum section of the center.
Another part of the restoration this summer will be to upgrade the theater, previously known as the Carlos Beaubian Theater. The theater will be outfitted for multi purpose uses such as live theater, conference seating, lectures, cinematic presentations and community meetings.
A wish list is being created for short and long term needs. In the short term, the Center is in need of a gently used couch and chair set for the reception room, an up to-date cash register, and a large coffee maker for meetings. Items will be added as the need arises.
Volunteers are needed to help create a website, Facebook and twitter administration and marketing activities. Volunteers are also needed to staff the museum Friday through Sunday and to assist with collections care, cleaning and proper packaging and storage of artifacts not on exhibit.
The CCEDC is also involved in other projects in the community including preservation work as well as traditional job development.
For additional information, please call Rael at 719.672-0999 or Rick Manzanares at 719-588-4602. Emails are welcome as well. You may write to the CCEDC at email@example.com.
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The story of the Civil War will be presented with a different point of view at the Rio Grande County Museum in Del Norte on May 20. Mikayla Baird, Museum Assistant and Researcher, has approached this major part of American history by telling the family stories of the veterans who helped to build Del Norte, Monte Vista, South Fork and the surrounding farming communities in Rio Grande County. She will also give a talk on the Civil War with the politics and other historic events.
This research project was started by museum volunteer, Shirley Kernen, who compiled a list of names and grave markers in the Del Norte Cemetery. The next step was conducted last Veterans’ Day with Steve Nicolais, Alex Colville, Louise Colville when Mikayla took them to the Del Norte Cemetery where they searched out and photographed the markers of the veterans that Mrs. Kernen had found in her research.
To date, Mikayla has researched approximately sixty to seventy veterans from Rio Grande County. It has shown that Rio Grande County has a mixture of Union and Confederates and how once the War was over and the movement west had started, these men and their families came together and built our county. She has found that we had at least two black soldiers who lived and worked in Del Norte and one was an original “Buffalo Soldier.” These two men are buried in the Homelake Cemetery. This project will be ongoing as more veterans are found. Hopefully, the next step in our Veterans Project will be the Spanish-American War and World War I. This phase of the project has been researched for the last six months and will continue.
The result of this research has led to families coming into the Museum with their family stories of their ancestors. It is hope and desire of the Museum staff to have more families want to share their important stories. A benefit from this work is now the Museum can expand our ability to help with genealogy research.
The Homelake Veterans’ History Museum has also contributed to the work with the information that is provided on their website database. The Find A Grave website listings for Monte Vista, Del Norte, Homelake has given dates and other information that has been very important in the project. Polly Cox and Rosalind Weaver have worked hard to keep good information on the Del Norte findagrave.com site and are providing information from their files.
The program, Veterans of the Valley, Part I, The Civil War, will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 with the reception starting at 10:00 a.m. to provide time to visit the exhibits, read the stories and enjoy the other artifacts. Members of the Fort Garland Memorial Regiment will be on hand during the day. Suzanne Bothell arranged with her sister and brother-in-law to provide re-enactment items to show the uniform and personal items from the period. Quotes and recipes of the time will be included in the exhibit. For the experience, “hard tack”may be available for sampling.
The exhibit “Summitville – Then and Now" is still open and runs until the end of June.
For more information, please contact the Rio Grande County Museum at (719)657-2847 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $2 per person and $1 for children from 6 to 16. Admission is waived on event days, but donations are accepted to help with fundraising for museum projects. Rio Grande County Museum is a Blue Star Museum which gives free admission to veterans and active military members and their families.
On a beautiful Colorado day in April Rick Manzanares, from the Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center; Frankie Colton, from the Sanford Museum; Jane Rhett with the Homelake Veterans’ History Museum and Kat Olance, from the San Luis Valley Museum Association (SLVMA) hit the road to Boulder to attend the 2017 Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM) Conference.
The trip was funded in thanks to the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and the San Luis Valley Museum Association. The majority of the sessions were held on the beautiful and expansive campus of CU-Boulder. The conference provided a variety of breakout session options from Social Media education, label-making, and fundraising tips including how to celebrate, provide a community event and raise funds from upcoming Aug 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. The conference provided a wonderful opportunity for the group to network with professionals from across Colorado and Wyoming. The conference also gave us an opportunity put our name in the hat for a potential to host a future CWAM right here in the San Luis Valley. The Valley group attendees also jumped at an opportunity to submit their applications to be considered for a collections peer assessment by CWAM trained volunteers.
All-in-all it was a great trip for all. We came home excited by the newly sparked ideas, connections and opportunities! Can’t wait till the 2018 conference to be held in Casper, Wyoming!! Road trip!!!
Thanks again to the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and the San Luis Valley Museum Association for funding this trip.
THE MUSEUM NEWSLETTER
Winter Issue 2017
Rio Grande County Museum, Inc. 501 (c) 3
580 Oak Street, Del Norte, Colorado
Three interesting art shows were hosted by the museum in 2016. In March, Candace Knowlan opened the year with photography of the area. By April, Craig Lehman filled the gallery room with metal sculptures of all shapes and sizes for the spring show. His work was an inspiration to many Del Norte Middle School boys. Byron Williams from Saguache showed how nature and his talent combined to make pieces of art with gourds and other natural items.
We were able to share the museum with several groups of school students from Del Norte Head Start, the Del Norte Schools and the Crestone Charter School as well as experiencing an overall increase in visitors.
The upcoming year will be more exciting. Some of the goals that are being worked on will include starting the digitalization process for our large collection of more than 5000 photos. The project will be done with the help of Cindy Hill and the County Clerk’s office and will be stored on the county server. The collection of old newspapers will also need to be preserved. The inventory and cataloging process is continuing and hopefully will be completed this year.
Exhibits, new and existing, will be a priority again this year. Exhibits and programs to be part of this year’s events include “Historic Summitville –Then and Now”, “Veterans of the Valley”, the Bunker Site with the Rio Grande National Forest Service and an art show with western artist, Wade Collins from Saguache. Several programs are being worked on as well. Even some tours are possibilities for the year.
The county commissioners added a new staff member whose help and skills will help in many ways in getting more done in the museum. Mikayla Baird has joined the staff as an assistant to the director, Louise Colville, who has been at the museum for 5 years.
Mikayla was raised in a military family that moved around often as she grew up. After high school, she enrolled at Colorado State University at Pueblo, Colorado and earned a degree in history with an emphasis in American history studies and a minor in anthropology. She lived in Pueblo for several years after college and volunteered her time at the Pueblo Historical Society. In 2011, she moved to the San Luis Valley where her husband, Justin, grew up, to be near his parents, Doug and Cynthia. Justin and Mikayla now live in Monte Vista with their son and daughter.
“Veterans of the Valley”
The Civil War veterans played an important part in the development of Del Norte, Monte Vista, South Fork and Rio Grande County. The exhibit is featuring the Civil War veterans, but will be expanded over the years to include all Rio Grande County and other veterans. An opening program for the exhibit will be presented by Mikayla Baird in May.
Shirley Kernen researched the names of the Veterans through World War II using the book of WWII compiled by Ralph Nash about the men who served and those who were called by the draft, and did not serve. These men also served their country at that time by keeping the home front intact. Mikayla has continued the research, with personal history as well as the military history and compiling their stories. Jane Rhett of the Veterans Center Museum will be working with our museum on the project and expand the research base for both museums.
Here is a “sneak preview” of some of the exciting stories that have been revealed with this research.
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Asa Hairgrove was born in Georgia in 1826, but grew up in Kansas during the “Bleeding Kansas,” era that was escalating hostilities between the North and South before the Civil War.
Hairgrove became a known abolitionist, and on May 19th 1858 he and several other abolitionists were rounded up by a group of Pro-Slavers from Missouri, taken to a ravine, and shot. The event became known as the Marais des Cygnes Massacre. Asa survived the massacre and at the outbreak of the Civil war joined “Lane’s Brigade,” comprised of Kansas volunteers. James Henry Lane and his men raided pro-Southern pockets along Missouri that culminated in the Sacking of Osceola.
Hairgrove moved to Del Norte after the war in 1869, where he lived the rest of his life with his wife Esther and his children. He was one of Del Norte’s earliest settlers. He was engaged in the livery and feed business and was also involved with local politics. Right before his death he was elected as county assessor, but passed away suddenly on November 9th 1881 at his home.
Other area residents who fought for the Union became farmers, businessmen and ranchers. Many of them still have descendants in the area, but many have been lost to history as their families moved. Veterans Alden Bassett and George Fuchs who are part of this history still have families in the area.
We had the unexpected event in that a visitor to the Museum gave us information on his ancestor, Col. C. E. Broyles, who lived in Del Norte where he was the registrar for the United States Land Office, was an attorney in Alamosa and is buried in the Old Antonio Cemetery. So far, he is the only Confederate soldier we have found.
We are looking for more information particularly on the Civil War Veterans.
“Historical Summitville –Then and Now”
Karla Shriver has worked for about two years with the State and other groups to place interpretive signs, a kiosk and picnic tables at the Summitville site. The Rio Grande County Museum, The San Luis Valley Historical Society and the Monte Vista Historical Society have helped to supply photos of the area as well as text to this project which is now nearing completion. We would like to thank Ms. Shriver and all who have worked on getting the signage, picnic tables and the kiosk in place so Summitville and the surround area can be enjoyed as a heritage tourism site.
With the assistance of Ms. Shriver, the museum will be hosting a reception on April 22nd. Talks from individuals who lived and worked in Summitville will be part of the program. She is gathering artifacts from Summitville for the show. The exhibit will include photographs from the museum’s collection that date back to the 1870s when the Summit District was at its height.
The photo shows the old “French Boarding House” in Summitville. It is a reminder of the days when Summitville was a booming and lively town, producing some of the best gold in the State of Colorado. The “Little Annie Mine” was discovered by P.J. Peterson and F. H. Brandt on Sept. 13, 1873 and became the third richest gold mine in the State. Every major strike in the area has been at the “Little Annie”.
The Shoppe at the Museum
The Shoppe is a fund raising source of income for the Rio Grande County Museum, Inc. which is the non-profit organization. The proceeds help to fund many of the activities of the Museum.
Currently there has several local artists showing their art work. James Worley from Saguache, Toni Colville Reynolds from Monte Vista have jewelry and Alex Colville has wooden vases and bowls. These items are on consignment with a percentage of the sale going to support the museum.
There is an excellent supply of petroglyph T-shirts with the design work done by Saguache artist, Yvonne Halburian. The sizes range from children’s small through XXL with prices from $22 to $30. These would make a good gift for the petroglyph enthusiast. Ms. Halburian’s work features petroglyphs from the San Luis Valley area. The gift shop also has water bottles with her work showing the La Garita petroglyph panel. These are priced at $15.95.
Iris Wells has several self-published books available. Ms. Wells writes and illustrates local interest stories and makes them educational. Her book “So, I am a Potato” takes the potato through its history, the growing, the marketing phases and includes some recipes. It is a small book, but is filled with information about this San Luis Valley’s major crop and source of income for the local growers. It retails for $9.95. Her books are good for children reading as well as something of interest to adults.
F. Amadeo White has published a book on the La Garita area and is about his family’s lives in the San Luis Valley. The book reflects family memories and are presented in a series of short stories about the many families, customs and history. He has also included a reprint of his book “La Garita”. Mr. White has to be complimented on his efforts of preserving the history for future generations. The book retails for $20.
Note cards by Candace Knowlan and Wilma Shaffter are available and feature photography of local interest. Yvonne Halburian has used her artistic skills in drawing note card with petroglyphs and a lighthearted side of day to day adventures on the Old Spanish Trail that was a 1300 mile long historic trade route from Santa Fe, New Mexico through Colorado, Utah, Arizona to California during the 1820’s to 1848.
As the year progresses, more books and other items will be added to the expanding shop. One of the projects being worked on by the staff is a coloring book that will feature historic photos and items in the museum as well as Rio Grande County special features.
“The Shoppe at the Museum” is a place to buy for the hard to buy for individual as well as those who want that something different item. Another gift idea is a membership to the Museum. It is a gift that keeps giving, doesn’t have to be dusted, stored and is always the correct size.
News from the Museum Board
The Rio Grande County Museum Board, Inc. held their annual meeting on January 10, 2017 with election of officers.
President: DeAnn Jacobs; Vice-President: Cindy Hill: Secretary: Sandra Wagner; Treasurer: Steve Nicolais.
There is a need for more board members. The primary function of the board is to support the Museum Director and the museum with financial support through fund raising. Funds from memberships, donations, gift shop, grants and programs purchase computers, display cases, archival materials and education for the staff. Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of the month and terms are three years. Board members can also serve on project committees and volunteer in the museum. The museum is also looking for more volunteers.
To make bookkeeping easier, the board decided to make January 1 the date that dues are due. It will start as of January 1, 2017. Those who have paid in the last quarter will have the dues applied to the new starting date. Donation and membership are tax deductible. Donation over $100 will qualify for the Enterprise zone
To renew your membership, please fill out this form and return to Rio Grande County Museum, 580 Oak St. Del Norte, Colorado 81132
Individual Membership _____$20.00 Family Membership _____$30.00 Supporter _____ $50.00 to $99.00 Patron _____ $100.00 to $499.00 Sponsor _____ $500.00 to $999.00 Benefactor _____ $1000.00 to $4999.00 Guardian _____$5000.00 +
The Museum could also use volunteers for projects such as helping to host receptions and programs, clerical work, receptionist for the front office. Many of these can be done on an as needed basis and regular hours can be worked out. Visiting with our guests to the museum or tourists in the information center can be a rewarding experience. If you are interested, please contact the Museum at (719) 657-2847.
Rio Grande County Museum
580 Oak St Del Norte, Colorado 81132
Board of Directors: Visitor Hours: Tuesday-Saturday
President: DeAnn Jacobs 10-4 Tuesday -Friday Vice-President: Cindy Hill 10-3 Saturday Secretary: Sandra Wagner Admission: Adults: $2.00 Treasurer : Steve Nicolais Children $1.00
The Homelake Historic Preservation and Restoration Foundation, that includes the Homelake Veterans' History Museum, will hold its annual meeting and dinner on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Dos Rios Restaurant in Monte Vista.
The event is a fundraiser and membership drive for the Foundation that preserves and restores the historic campus of Homelake, the oldest veterans’ center in Colorado and the state of Colorado's official repository of all unclaimed military medals.
Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the meeting will follow. Board members will discuss the history of the foundation and its accomplishments in preserving and restoring buildings on the campus, including the chapel and the old administration building. In addition, there will be a silent auction of a few items.
Cost of the dinner/membership specials is $30 per person or $55 per couple. If one would like to attend the dinner and meeting only, the cost is $20 per person. Without a reservation the dinner cost is $25 at the door.
Foundation President Sue Getz said, “If you cannot attend the fundraiser, please consider getting a membership with the Foundation. Membership dues are extremely reasonable and a worthy commitment at $15 a year for an individual membership, $25 a year for a couple, $100 for sustaining members, $500 for a corporate membership, and $1,000 for a life membership. Your membership will allow you to vote at the annual meeting in March as well as continue to support the foundation and its endeavors.”
Membership can help the Foundation in many ways, Getz said: “Building our membership shows we have a stable, full membership base when we apply for grants and ask for donations. In addition, we have more volunteers who will be able to help with publicity, fundraising, cataloging military memorabilia and other items, running the museum, program development, and complete current and future restoration projects. Finally your contributions and donations assist us in meeting our goals, required matches for grants and preserving the history at Homelake,” Getz said.
Membership forms are available from Christa Davis, 719-852-5118. Donations are always welcome, Getz added. The Foundation board is comprised of 15 members. Currently the membership is at 14. The annual meeting will see the election of five members to 3-year terms. Those interested in running for the board should contact Davis at 719-852-5118.
The Rio Grande County Museum's non-profit board will host a reception for the exhibit - Historic Summitville, Then and Now - on Saturday, April 22nd from 10-4 pm. The wine and cheese reception will start at 2 p.m. with the “round table” discussions and stories by individuals who have lived and worked in Summitville in the active mining years.
Photos, old newspaper articles, paintings from 1876 and 1926 and artifacts from Summitville will be part of the exhibit. Bill Ellithorpe and his family will also have artifacts from their history in the mining at Summitville.
The opening of the exhibit will be April 1 and will run through the end of June. Research done by the museum staff gives the story of the Little Annie tramway being built in 1876 by a group of nine Swedish men for owner, P.J. Peterson who then commissioned an oil painting of the tramway, mine and mill in 1876 which has recently been donated to the Museum by the Arthur and Shirley Peterson family.
The other story in the exhibit will feature the Jack Pickens strike of high-grade gold ore in 1926 that led to what was thought to be the great strike in Summitville. The story has a heart breaking end for Mr. Pickens.
For more information, please call the Rio Grande County Museum at (719)657-2847 or email at email@example.com. Museum hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10-4 and Saturday 10-3 except on event days.
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