2019 Event Schedule--Check back for Complete Schedule
Events From 2018 

May 2019

May 3-15 Chaffee County Open Awards Show
Come celebrate our new temporary exhibit and step back in time to the 1940's.

May 17 - WWII at the Courthouse Gala
Come celebrate our new temporary exhibit and step back in time to the 1940's. Tickets!

May 25 - Roland McCook: Mythologies of the Ute
Come join this cultural presentation by Ute historian and tribal leader Roland McCook. With dancing, stories and insight to the rich cultural traditions of the Uncompahgre Ute that lived in our valley.
Will be held at the Turner Farm (829 W Main St) on May 25th at 2pm.
In case of weather, event will be held at the Courthouse Museum (506 E Main St)

June 2019
June 22 - Murder at the Museum
When a murder takes place at the museum, shady characters all come together to help solve it. In an old west theme, the saloon girls to gun fighters come forward to lend the sheriff a hand.

July 2019
July 20 & 21 - RailFest Weekend.
A weekend of rail history of the Colorado Midland, Denver South Park & Pacific, and Denver Rio Grande Railroads. REGISTER HERE!

8:00 to 9:00 Registration and Welcome at the Museum
9:00 Mel McFarland speaking on the Colorado Midland RR
10:00 Bob Schoppe speaking on the Denver South Park & Pacific RR
11:00 George Barnett speaking on the Denver & Rio Grande RR
12:00 Hobo Lunch (provided with registration) & Tour the Buena Vista Model Railroad Society historic layout
12:45 Dan Abbott speaking on the Colorado Midland RR
1:45 Ray Perschbacher speaking on the Denver South Park & Pacific RR
2:30 Round Table Discussion, Questions with our speakers
4:00 Tour of the 1890 Depot and 1883 Caboose Transportation Museum
7:00-9:00 Layout and Factory Tours: BK Switches, Trout Creek Engineering, Classic Miniatures, and Tru-Scale Models. Home Layouts of Harley Hamilton and Vic Kuklin.

9:00 Depart Buena Vista Heritage Museum
Carpool tour of the Denver South Park & Pacific RR from Buena Vista to Hancock. Tour narrated by local historian Suzy Kelly.
Optional hike to the east portal of the Alpine Tunnel.

Due to peak season, please contact the Buena Vista Chamber for available lodging.

August 2019
August 24 & 25 - MushroomFest Weekend.
A weekend of Mushroom hunting with the Experts!  REGISTER HERE!

All Summer: 

 St. Elmo Schoolhouse and Town Hall: open most days June - early September. We're proud of this restoration project. The St. Elmo Schoolhouse Museum is decorated with original, and mostly local, artifacts typical of a one-room schoolhouse at the turn of the last century.  The Town Hall has a small exhibit on life in St. Elmo. 

Buena Vista Depot Transportation Museum Summer hours to be determined. Winter tours by appointment. 

To schedule an appointment or group tour for the Museum or Depot, please e-mail or call (719) 395-8458.     

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