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Wray Museum to reopen Jan. 15 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Board of the East Yuma County Historical Society and staff of the Wray Museum invite area residents to the reopening of the Wray Museum and a special program Sunday, Jan. 15 from 1-4 p.m. There will be entertainment and refreshments for everyone’s enjoyment.

The event will kick off with a program given by Julie Davis, a well-known musician and storyteller who was born in Wray and lives in the Rockies near Caribou. She will be offering a program of Colorado music and stories at 1 p.m.

Following her presentation in the archeology room, the remainder of the museum will be open for tours from 2-4 p.m. The Wray Museum will open at 12:30 p.m. to allow time to seat guests for the program.

Davis is the great-granddaughter of photographer William Coston, whose works are on display in the Wray Museum, and a niece of Edwin and Virginia Loeffler, who donated the original contents of the museum’s general store. As a native Coloradoan with a longstanding interest in music and history, Davis developed programs on Colorado history that she has performed through out the West, including for the Colorado Historical Museum, the Museum of Nature and Science and at schools, colleges and concerts.

She is known as a world-class autoharp player and has a large music school in Denver named after her. She tours nationally as both a musician and storyteller. The regional publication Mountain Music recently described her performance style as “noted for its personal warmth and generosity of spirit.”

The East Yuma County Historical Society and the Wray Museum have been in the process of redoing the rotating gallery. A new ceiling and new lights have been installed. The walls have been painted, new carpeting laid, and new displays are available for viewing.

Funds for the remodeling came from a USDA Rural Development Community Facility Grant, the Yuma County Commissioners, Gerber Trust, Wray Young Philanthropists of Wray High School, Windmark Insurance Company, Kelly Deterding, LeRoy and Lou Ann Deterding, Mary Jane Groves, Argil and Berna Kay Renzelman, E-Z Irrigation, Alfred and Rhoda Renzelman, Augustus Energy Partners, Richard Lewis Media Group Inc., Yuma County Abstract, Bill Hotes, Joseph and Madeline Conrad and Leesa J. Deterding.

Holyoke Enterprise January 12, 2012