Hard to believe, but 2016 is the 40th year of museum operations in the current building! Built by the City with help from funds donated by Harriet Alexander, our founder, and a state grant from the 1976 Centennial Commission, it was constructed with salvaged brick from an old bottling plant near the Monarch Spur Trail and 1st Street.
After so many years of serving us well, the museum now needs some TLC.
Long-term Investment in the Museum
We need your help. Last summer, a conservation expert toured the museum and noted UV damage to artifacts, including one of our historically important local lithographs. Our light fixtures are giving off too much UV. Added to that, we are faced with replacing some aging and damaged infrastructure.
Our multi-year conservation/exhibit plan includes replacing overhead and cabinet lights to reduce UV damage, creating/implementing a conservation plan to address existing UV damage, repairing vandalism damage at the Smokestack, and improving exhibit spaces for educating students, tourists and visitors. Our overall fundraising goal is $25,000.
As with any museum, we must be good stewards of the artifacts that have been donated. As a tourist destination, we are often ambassadors to our city’s visitors, and as such we want to provide a first-rate museum experience. We operate solely on funds raised through memberships, donations and grants. All money we receive goes to running the museum – we are totally a volunteer-run organization. Your tax deductible donation will help us towards our goals.
We have some additional benefits for our partnership levels.
Baxter Stingley Level $100 +
Membership, Museum calendar, mentions on our website and in our newsletters
Chief Ouray Level $250 +
Membership, Museum calendar, links to your business on our website and listings in our newsletters, 6 individual free passes
Loyal Duke Level $500 +
Membership, 2 Museum calendars, links to your business on our website and listings in our newsletters, 6 individual free passes, prominent display of your business brochures at the museum
Harriet Alexander Level $1000 +
Membership, 2 Museum calendars, links to your business on our website and listings in our newsletters, 6 individual free passes, prominent display of your business brochures at the museum, framed photograph of 1920’s F Street
You can donate via PayPal.
You can also send a check (made out to “Salida Museum Association”) to:
The Salida Museum
406 1/2 W. US Hwy 50
Salida, CO 81201
Please note “Donation” on your check.
You may also choose to become a regular member by visiting our Membership page.
Thank you for your support!