A Walk Through History (visiting your local museums)

My daughter, Shyanne and her boyfriend were recalling one evening to each other memories of the family vacations of their youth.  His family takes daring, exotic vacations that sound thrilling.  They took Shyanne with them to go zip-lining in Costa Rica and they went deep sea fishing in the Florida Keys.  Shyanne described to him the streets around the Plaza and the views across New Mexico.  And the museums.  Our kids went to museums on family vacations.  Art, history, children’s, aquatic, zoos, outdoor sculpture parks.  We love them.  We seek them out.  But you don’t have to go on vacation to go to museums.

In your town or a town near you there will be hidden a gem of history, of art, of culture.  An inexpensive place to explore.  To be enriched.  To be inspired.

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I was asked to speak at the Trinidad History Museum this last weekend on indigenous plants and remedies for the opening of their exhibit, Borderlands of Southern Colorado; Remedios, Medicine and Health.  Trinidad is an hour south of us and we enjoyed seeing a new place and a new museum.

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We adore old houses.  The architecture, the story, the ghosts that live within, the décor; it all speaks to us.  We learn the history of a place, the hopes and dreams of its settlers, the story behind sepia faces in old photographs.

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We get decorating ideas.  We imagine what life would be like back then.  We walk from room to room imagining life a hundred years or two hundred years ago.  The Bloom mansion was built in 1882.  It is a spectacular home and living exhibit.

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We walked through the gardens to the adobe building that houses the gift shop and the current exhibits.  The beautiful dancers from Folklorico spun and tapped and smiled as they entertained the crowd.

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Inside, we walked past faces from the past- miners and cattlemen, Native Americans and Scots.  Artifacts, tools, Catholicism, remedies, furniture all set up in a way to help us understand and imagine life in a small western town just north of the border.  How people lived.  How people survived.  How people thrived.

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Kit Carson’s intricately embroidered coat is on display.  Documents and historical pieces that bring to life old stories and articles.  That make these images tangible and teach us about human nature and about ourselves.

The Baca house was a real treat.  It is closed for restoration but we were able to walk through and get a glimpse.  This adobe house was built in 1873 by Felipe and Dolores Baca.  They traded 22,000 pounds of wool to have it built.  That is a lot of wool!

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The affluence of the family can be felt in the details.  There is a widow’s walk, Victorian and Greek architectural additions and furniture.  Felipe died rather young and Dolores dressed in black the rest of her days there.  A love story behind the intricate details a home with cracking mud walls.

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Museums like the Trinidad History Museum on the Historic Santa Fe Trail often offer children’s programs, community events, and learning opportunities.  You can find my books and many other wonderful literary works and children’s books in the gift shop, as well as unique gifts and art.

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So, perhaps this weekend, you might seek out a nearby museum.  Walk through its gardens, its gates, its doorways.  Listen to the whispers of another time and let it change you, influence you, inspire you, educate you.

Trinidad History Museum

312 East Main Trinidad, Trinidad, CO, 81082

719-846-7217

https://www.historycolorado.org/trinidad-history-museum

Talks, Events, and Big News

We are in the midst of Spring here, warm and breezy, and filled with bright sun.  Everything is coming to life and there are lots of events I want to share with you!

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Talk on Remedios, Medicine, and Healing at the Trinidad History Museum will take place on Saturday, May 4th at noon.  I am honored to be speaking at the opening of the museum’s newest exhibit, Borderlands.  It is fascinating exhibit showcasing art and artifacts which tell the history of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.  I will be speaking on indigenous plants as medicine in their new medicine garden.  Free!  The museum is hosting fun, free activities the whole day to celebrate the exhibit opening.

Trinidad History Museum link

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Herb Walk around the Riverwalk for El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo, Colorado.  I will be leading an herb walk around the Riverwalk as a part of the Modern Homesteading series put on by the El Pueblo History Museum on Monday, June 10th at 11:00.  Tickets are $10 and are available through the museum.

El Pueblo History Museum link

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Urban Farm-to-Table Dinner

My daughter, Emily, and I will be hosting a pop-up dinner party Saturday, June 15th at 6:00 on our mini-farm in Pueblo, Colorado.  Four courses, all fresh from the gardens, wine pairings, and tours of our homestead.  Visit Bob the rooster, see how our solar works, check out the root cellar, walk through the medicine gardens, and enjoy a beautiful evening with great food and fun.  Tickets are $45 and are available through me.  Katie@PumpkinHollowFarm.net

Pumpkin Hollow Farm link

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Master Certified Herbalism Course- Autumn Session

I will be teaching a 12 week Master Herbalist course at our farm every Saturday beginning August 24th at 10:00.  Autumn is the best time to take the herbalism course because all of the plants are still in bloom and identifying and herb walks are much more helpful.  Learn dozens and dozens of medicinal herbs, their uses, identification, many ways to turn them into medicine, practitioner training, animal medicine, and the traditional treatments of every common ailment known today.  This comprehensive class is only $650 (plus $30 for the text book if you do not have it)  Sign up today!  Class size is very limited.  Katie@PumpkinHollowFarm.net for a registration form.

Class info link

Certified Herbalist Correspondence Course available for $250 plus text book.

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We are busy around here and life is just spectacular.  I have very exciting news to share with you!  Our daughter, Emily, and her long time boyfriend, Reed, are engaged to be married this summer!  Our beautiful family just gets bigger and more bonded and what an amazing blessing it all is.