Press Release

Living History Weekends returning to Fort Vasquez Museum

Platteville, Colo. (May 16, 2019) – History Colorado is excited to announce the return of its Living History Weekends program at Fort Vasquez Museum in Platteville. The program focuses on educating attendees about traditional settler living, and encourages visitors to discover the fascinating history of fort life by dirtying their hands. Lessons will include hatchet throwing, flintlock shooting, adobe brick-making, and cooking the museum’s adobe hornos, all presented by costumed museum interpreters for an educational and immersive experience.

“Living History Weekends are a great experience,” said Bill Armstrong, director of Fort Vasquez Museum. “Visitors have the unique opportunity to learn about 19th century life by experiencing it, and to really get their hands dirty.”

This program will run every Saturday from May through October from 10 am to 4 pm. As Fort Vasquez is a “pay as you will” museum, there is no set cost- admission is by suggested donation. Fort Vasquez Museum is located at 13412 US-85 in Platteville, Colorado, just north of Denver. For more information, please call Fort Vasquez Museum at 970-785-2832.

About Fort Vasquez Museum

Fort Vasquez Museum is the site of an 1835 trading fort built by Louis Vasquez and Andrew Sublette along the South Platte River, in what is now Platteville. After the Colorado Historical Society acquired the property in 1958, a series of archaeological excavations uncovered the fort's original foundations. Artifacts from these excavations, American Indian objects, and exhibits about the fur trade era are on view at Fort Vasquez museum.

About History Colorado
History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving the places, stories and material culture of Colorado through the History Colorado Center and statewide Community Museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections and outreach to Colorado communities. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.


Zach Werkowitch
Community Relations Manager
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