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WINE COUNTRY INN GIFTS RESTORED PHOTO IMAGES TO MUSEUM
Thursday, July 23, 2009, 10 am to 11 am

The owners of Wine Country Inn, a new 80-room boutique hotel in Palisade. believe that looking to the future should be firmly rooted in appreciating the past. That’s why the Tally family is donating electro nically restored images of historic local photographs to the Museum of Western Colorado.

Valued at an estimated $20,000 by Cobb & Assoc., who handled the restoration of photos loaned by the Grand Junction museum, the restored 1900-era Palisade pictures were enlarged, framed and hung throughout the hotel. The electronic media files will be presented to museum curators at a celebration from 10 to 11 am, Thursday, July 23, in the Lobby of the hotel. The public is invited. Following the presentation, guests can view the photos in public areas as well as guest rooms. Lemonade and cookies will be served in the Tasting Room.

“We can thank our neighbor Bill Floryancic, whose passion for documenting the history of Palisade launched this project. He approached us before we even broke ground about the importance of honoring the past,” explains owner Richard Tally.

“He was right and the interest in the Victorian period photos of Palisade has created much interest and good will from our guests and local residents alike.

“We also want to thank Michael Menard and the Museum of Western Colorado for his cooperation and help,” said Tally. He also praised Jeff Ham, the Cobb graphic artist who painstakingly restored the photos, for his dedication and “labor of love” on the project.

“It was a pleasure working with t he Wine Country Inn to restore and produce copies of the Museum’s early Palisade Photographs for display at the Inn,” comments Curator Menard. “The Museum of Western Colorado is very appreciative to have such supporters as Jean and Richard Tally to assist the Museum in preserving and promoting the history of the Grand Valley.”

The results are a testament to the possibilities of creating a legacy for future generations when the private and public sectors work together, Tally adds.

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About the Museum of Western Colorado

The Museum of Western Colorado is the largest multi-disciplinary museum between Salt Lake City and Denver. Over the past forty years we have grown to include three major museum facilities, three active outdoor paleontology sites, an educational center and a respected research library. We offer a multitude of programs featuring dinosaur expeditions, extensive educational programming and historic and cultural trips and tours, ranging from local to international. Annually over 117,000 visitors participate more in our programs and enjoy the facilities. This number includes approximately 17,000 western slope K-12 students who experience high-quality site tours, programs and outreach activities.

In 1971, we became the 28th museum in the nation to be accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM). Periodic re-evaluation by AAM is required to maintain the prestigious designation,20and regularly scheduled evaluations in 1982 and 1996 determined that the museum continually met or exceeded the highest professional standards and expectations. Currently, the museum is undergoing the fourth such evaluation. With a fourth accreditation designation, which is expected in the next few months, the museum will be among the top 5% in the United States.

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Museum of Western Colorado
462 Ute Avenue
P.O. Box 20000
Grand Junction, CO 81502-5020
970-242-0971
www.westcomuseum.org

Media Contacts:

Jean Tally
Wine Country Inn
970-270-3270

Greg Tally
Wine Country Inn
303-717-7933

Kay Fiegel
Museum of Western Colorado
970-242-0971
Ext. 203

 

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