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Ouray County Historical Society

The Society & Museum

We work to ensure that the rich history of Ouray County and the San Juan Mountains is not lost to time. Through our archives, exhibits, programs, and events, we strive to educate the public about our local heritage and the people who shaped it. Whether you're a longtime resident or just passing through, we invite you to explore the fascinating history of Ouray County with us!

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  • 50 years of Ouray Mountain  Rescue History
    50 years of Ouray Mountain  Rescue History
    Tue, Jun 18
    Wright Opera House
    Wright Opera House, 472 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Wright Opera House, 472 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Karen Risch and others will provide a presentation on "50 years of Ouray Mountain Rescue". All talks take place at 7:30 pm at the Wright Opera House, 472 Main St., Ouray. OCHS Members are Free. $5 for nonmembers
  • The Lesser Mines of Ouray County
    The Lesser Mines of Ouray County
    Tue, Jun 25
    Wright Opera House
    Wright Opera House, 472 Main Street Ouray, CO
    Wright Opera House, 472 Main Street Ouray, CO
    Don Paulson will provide a presentation on "The Lesser Mines of Ouray County". All talks take place at 7:30 pm at the Wright Opera House, 472 Main St., Ouray. OCHS Members are Free. $5 for nonmembers
  • From Mines to Metals: Then and  Now
    From Mines to Metals: Then and  Now
    Tue, Jul 02
    Wright Opera House
    Wright Opera House, 472 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Wright Opera House, 472 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Larry J. Moore will provide a presentation on “From Mines to Metals: Then and Now.” All talks take place at 7:30 pm at the Wright Opera House, 472 Main St., Ouray. OCHS Members are Free. $5 for nonmembers
  • Wildlife of the San Juan Mountains
    Wildlife of the San Juan Mountains
    Tue, Jul 09
    Wright Opera House
    Wright Opera House, 472 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Wright Opera House, 472 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Wesley Berg will provide a presentation on "Wildlife of the San Juan Mountains". All talks take place at 7:30 pm at the Wright Opera House, 472 Main St., Ouray. OCHS Members are Free. $5 for nonmembers
  • Colorado’s Mrs. Captain Ellen Jack:  Mining Queen of the Rockies.
    Colorado’s Mrs. Captain Ellen Jack:  Mining Queen of the Rockies.
    Tue, Jul 16
    Wright Opera House
    Wright Opera House, 472 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Wright Opera House, 472 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Jane Bardal will provide a presentation on "Colorado’s Mrs. Captain Ellen Jack: Mining Queen of the Rockies." All talks take place at 7:30 pm at the Wright Opera House, 472 Main St., Ouray. OCHS Members are Free. $5 for nonmembers
  • Bears Ears National Monument: Utah’s Landscape of Refuge and Resistance
    Bears Ears National Monument: Utah’s Landscape of Refuge and Resistance
    Tue, Jul 23
    Wright Opera House
    Wright Opera House, 427 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Wright Opera House, 427 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Andy Gulliford, will provide a presentation on "Bears Ears National Monument: Utah’s Landscape of Refuge and Resistance". All talks take place at 7:30 pm at the Wright Opera House, 472 Main St., Ouray. OCHS Members are Free. $5 for nonmembers
  • Pioneer Doctors of Ouray
    Pioneer Doctors of Ouray
    Tue, Jul 30
    Wright Opera House
    Wright Opera House, 427 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Wright Opera House, 427 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Ed Bovy will provide a presentation on "Pioneer Doctors of Ouray". All talks take place at 7:30 pm at the Wright Opera House, 472 Main St., Ouray. OCHS Members are Free. $5 for nonmembers .
  • Hereford Cattle, Red Hair & Red Rouge
    Hereford Cattle, Red Hair & Red Rouge
    Tue, Aug 06
    Wright Opera House
    Wright Opera House, 427 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Wright Opera House, 427 Main St, Ouray, CO 81427, USA
    Ginny Harrington will provide a presentation on “Hereford Cattle, Red Hair & Red Rouge." All talks take place at 7:30 pm at the Wright Opera House, 472 Main St., Ouray. OCHS Members are Free. $5 for nonmembers .
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