By Monique Sawyer-Lang
Exciting things are happening at the Lyons Redstone Museum for the 2018 season. Museum staff has been busy over the winter planning new exhibits and programming for the enjoyment of visitors, including interactive activities for families. We will be open on weekends in May, beginning Saturday, May 5, in celebration of May History Month, and will open daily June through September.
The museum will be hosting a series of monthly “History Talks” over the summer exploring various topics and items from the museum’s collections relating to Lyons history. The first in the 2018 series, Revealing History, will be held Saturday, May 12, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Lyons Redstone Museum. See and
hear how historic research, modern technology, and three photographs dated June 1898 connect Lyons to famous Coloradoan Irving Hale. Photographs whose images were obscured by time have been brought back to life with high resolution scanning and digital enhancement. Hear how these three photographs reveal the story of Irving Hale, the Spanish American War, and the Denver High School Cadets and their weeklong camp in Meadow Park in Lyons in June of 1898.
A new exhibit exploring the history of railroading and the Lyons depot building is slated to open this June. This new exhibit will contain artifacts, photographs, and documents from the museum’s collection that tell the story of the railroad and its contribution to the development of the Town of Lyons.
The Lyons Redstone Museum was thrilled to have the collection of 214 teacher registration and grade books dating from 1920 to 1961 selected as a 2017 Colorado Significant Artifact of the Year. A selection of the books along with additional school memorabilia will be part of an updated school exhibit in 2018. The Lyons school building was one of the first major structures built in the newly platted town of Lyons. The class registers and grade books bring the building to life and provide a wealth of information about the Lyons schools and community from 1920 to 1961.
A new acquisition to the museum in 2017 included the WWII diary of Charles P. Swift which he began on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor and concludes September 20, 1942. The diary is part of the Swift/Bohn/Smith Family Collection that was donated by the Dolph and C. Phillip Swift families. This fascinating historical document, covering some of the pivotal events of WWII, has been transcribed by museum staff and is available to read at the museum.
If you missed it the first time, or would like to see it again, the popular dollhouse exhibit “Tiny Stories: Art of the Dollhouse” by former Lyons resident Anne O’Brien has been held over for the 2018 museum season. The exhibit showcases five handcrafted dollhouses representing different eras in history.
The school building itself is getting a bit of a spruce up this year with plaster repair and a new coat of paint in the hallways, stairway, and in the original principal’s office where additional exhibit space is being created.
We look forward to seeing you at the Lyons Redstone Museum in 2018. Look for announcements about upcoming topics for the monthly “History Talks” lecture series and opening dates for new exhibits and events. The museum located at 340 High Street is open weekends in May and daily June through September (Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.). Information: (303) 823-5271. Admission is free, donations appreciated.