These colorful regional characters will be featured at a free lecture on Ouray County’s ranching history this Tuesday, June 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Ouray Community Center. The event, led by Ouray County Ranch History Museum’s resident storyteller Jane Bennett, will kick off the Ouray County Historical Society’s Evenings of History lecture series.
For 25 years, Bennett has been telling stories about the American Southwest as a member of both the tourism and publishing industries. In 1995 and 1996, she was principal performer in The Diggers, a musical variety show about Ouray’s mining history. She wrote her first book, Tales of the Bachelor Mine, in 2005 and is a member of the Western Writers of America. In the last five years Bennett has helped launch the new Ranching Museum at the historic Old Schoolhouse in Colona, and she is currently the acting president of the museum's board directors.
OCHS’s 2009 Evenings of History lecture series will cover topics ranging from “The Camp Bird Mine” to “The History of Ouray Through Postcards” and will be held every Tuesday night through July 21. All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held at the Ouray Community Center. Admission to all lectures is free, but donations are very much appreciated.
For more information and a complete schedule of OCHS summer lectures and events, contact the Ouray County Museum at 325-4576 or visit their website at www.ouraycountyhistoricalsociety.org.