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Buena Vista and Saguache museums get new buildings

Brief by Central Staff

Museums – May 1997 – Colorado Central Magazine

BV and Saguache musems get some new old buildings

Museums in both Buena Vista and Saguache have acquired new buildings.

With help from the Colorado State Historical Society, the Buena Vista Heritage Museum has acquired the Turner farmstead. The Turner family bought the property in 1912. The original homestead dates back to the 1880s. The house was built in 1910, and the barn was added in 1924.

In the future, the museum intends to make the two-story frame farmhouse and its barn and outbuildings into a living history lesson with tours and demonstrations that illustrate old-fashioned farming, blacksmithing, and domestic life. There’s quite a bit of work to be done, but the Heritage Museum hopes to have the old Turner place ready for the public by next year.

In the meantime, those who would like to make donations can send them to the Buena Vista Heritage Museum/Turner Farm, P.O. box 1414, Buena Vista CO 81211. And those who have questions or who would like to volunteer time should contact Suzy Kelly at 719-395-2572 or Melanie Milam at 719-395-6082.

The Saguache County Museum, on the other hand, will open its extra added attraction this month.

The Hazard House was donated by Georgia Hazard Given upon her death in 1994, it will display furnishings from the ’20s and ’30s and some of the history of Georgia’s parents, George and Marie Hazard. It opens to the public for the first time May 25, for Saguache’s annual Memorial Day celebration. (Due to confined space, viewing of the Hazard House will be limited to groups of teens and adults. Admission is $2 per person.)