On Saturday, July 16th, Rio Grande County Museum will be hosting an open house and reception from 10 am - 4pm that includes exhibits for textiles, weavings, and embroidery. The public is invited to come and tour the museum, talk to the staff and volunteers about the Museum's continuing projects.
Two new exhibits are also opening during the open house and reception. The textile exhibit will show quilts, knitted and crocheted items, Swedish weaving and embroidery from the museum archives. Native American and Rio Grande blankets are the highlight of the exhibits with new blankets donated to the Museum from the collections of Jean Hanna and the Dr. John McFadzean family.
Del Norte School students, Eva Thacker and Angelica Martinez, completed two years of research on dyeing fabrics which is also shown in the exhibit room. Their work discusses various technique and theories of dyeing difference material. The Museum is pleased to be able to show their work.
The Native American exhibit consists of projectile points and other tools, pottery, baskets and petroglyph photos and a slide show of local petroglyphs. The Rio Grande National Forest Service is assisting with an exhibit on Culturally Modified Trees that shows how the forest was used by the Native Americans in various aspects.
On August 6th in conjunction with Del Norte’s Covered Wagon Days, the museum will be hosting the annual Ice Cream Social and the Hayride into History event will start at the Museum.
Rio Grande County Museum is located at 580 Oak Street in Del Norte, just south of the stoplight. Museum hours are Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm and Saturday 10am to 3pm except on event days. For more information, please call (719)657-2847 or visit our website at museumtrail.org. Lodging information may be obtained by visiting riograndecountry.com.