On Saturday, March 12, the Hamill House Museum is open for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! HGI will also do a soft partial unveiling of it brand new Diversity in Victorian Georgetown exhibit which tells the story of the diverse heritage of Georgetown and Silver Plume’s forefathers (and mothers!). We will highlight the life of Aunt Clara (Clara Brown), a freed slave who, as legend has it, was the first African American woman to travel across the plains to Colorado. Although Aunt Clara actually lived in nearby Central City, she had mining interests here and after the Civil War (according to at least one account) returned to her old Kentucky home and gathered up as many of her recently
freed relatives as she could find (over thirty people), and brought them to Colorado, settling some in Georgetown, others in Denver and Central City. The exhibit will also look at the various immigrant communities in this area during the Rocky Mountain mining boom.
Held during Women’s History Month, this “special edition” of Smithsonian’s signature “Museum Day Live!” event* will encourage all people, and particularly women and girls of color, to explore their nation’s museums, cultural institutions, zoos, aquariums, parks and libraries—which will offer free admission for the day. Click HERE to get free tickets.
We here at HGI feel this is the perfect way to celebrate the fifty year Golden Jubilee anniversary of the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District (NHLD) designation. Keep an eye out for all the different ways Georgetown and Silver Plume will be telling the story of this important designation and celebrating throughout the year. For more information on the NHLD click HERE. Stay up to date by following HGI’s Facebook page.
Anne Marie Cannon
Director of Museum Collections
Historic Georgetown Inc.