The East Yuma County Historical Society is celebrating its 45th Anniversary
The East Yuma County Historical Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was incorporate with the State of Colorado on July 1, 1969. Its purpose is to bring together those people interested in history and especially the history of eastern Yuma County and the surrounding area; to discover and collect, restore and preserve any materials, relics and artifacts which may help to establish and illustrate the life, conditions, events and activities of the past and present history.
In February of 1969 the City of Wray furnished the old library building to house the Wray Museum in which the EYCHS could share with the community their collection. Members of the EYCHS and town crew moved the Beecher Island museum articles and other donated items into the museum. Many artifacts have been added since. With the foresight and accomplishments of those who spearheaded it beginning, the EYCHS and museum outgrew it building and moved to its current location in 1989.
EYCHS continued it vision of growth and raised funds to create the Archeology Room which houses the Jones-Miller Site, one of the few Smithsonian exhibits outside of Washington, D.C., the kid’s favorite Trophy Room with its bears and lions, and the Beecher Island Room dedicated to the memory of the September 17, 1868 battle. The EYCHS continues to expand with the addition of the Shady Rest General Store in 2001, the William B. Coston Photography Room in 2008, and a major remodel of the main building in 2010.
This past year the EYCHS with the help of the City of Wray and the Kitzmiller-Bales Trust acquired the building to the east of the museum for storage. The Wray Museum continues to operate today as a partnership between the EYCHS and City of Wray and is one of the finest museums on the eastern plains.
A membership to the Society includes free admission to the Wray Museum and a subscription to the EYCHS newsletter, which is published six times a year. Membership fees help cover newsletter printing cost, and matching grant funds and funds for the general care and preservation of the collection of artifacts at the museum.
If you would like to play an important role in supporting the preservation of our local history, annual membership runs from January 1st to December 31st of each calendar year and fees are as follows:
Lifetime Individual: $125
East Yuma County Historical Society 2016 Board of Directors
President: Madeline Conrad
Vice President: Carol Chapman
Secretary: Bea Brueggeman
Treasurer: Betty Jo Wilson
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