Museum on Main Street - Journey Stories

On June 4, 2013, the Colorado Humanities-sponsored Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit, Journey Stories, opened its 2013/2014 tour in Aspen, Colorado. The complete schedule for the exhibit tour includes six locations: Aspen, Hayden, Trinidad, Sterling, Platteville and Durango. See tour schedule and more below.

This exhibit is about journey stories, the tales of how we and our ancestors came to America. From Native Americans to new American citizens, and regardless of our ethnic or racial background, everyone has a story to tell. Our history is filled with stories of people leaving behind everything - families and possessions - to reach a new life in another state, across the continent, or even across an ocean. The Museum on Main Street exhibition Journey Stories will examine the intersection between modes of travel and Americans' desire to feel free to move. The story is diverse and focused on immigration, migration, innovation, and freedom. It offers accounts of immigrants relocating in search of fortune, their own homestead, or employment; the harrowing journeys of Africans and Native Americans forced to move; and, of course, fun and frolic on the open road. Journey Stories will use engaging images, audio and artifacts to tell the individual stories that illustrate the critical roles travel and movement have played in building our diverse American society. In addition, host institutions have created their own programs and exhibits focused on local content.

Historian and Journey Stories consultant Jay Fell has created a blog about
Colorado's Journey Story.  What is your Journey Story?

Tour Schedule

June 4 - July 13, 2013 
Aspen Historical Society, Aspen

July 19 - August 24, 2013
Hayden Heritage Center, Hayden

August 30 - October 5, 2013
AR Mitchell Museum, Trinidad

December 6, 2013 - January 11, 2014
Platteville Library, Platteville

January 17 - March 18, 2014
Animas Museum, Durango

April 4, 2014 - May 17, 2014
Overland Trail Museum, Sterling