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Western Federation of Miners Exhibit Opening

Over a century ago, Telluride was the site of conflicts as deeply-seated as any known in history. The Western Federation of Miners was at the epicenter of labor disputes that saw the imposition of martial law as mining here met the industrial age head-on. This astonishing page in Telluride’s history lends us lessons on nothing less than the measuring of worth, the extents to which people can be driven, the effect of poor management decisions, the effects of government adopting corporate objectives and the heroism of young idealists.

Remembering the Western Federation of Miners

The Telluride Historical Museum is thrilled to offer this summer exhibit, for which an opening will be held at the Museum, 5-7 pm on June 11, 2009. In line with this exhibit, the June 25th Fireside Chat will center on the Western Federation of Miners, presented by Dirk DePagter and MaryJoy Martin, author of The Corpse on Boomerang Road: Telluride’s War on Labor 1899-1908 in the Mountain Village core from 5:30 – 6:30pm.

(Image courtesy of the Telluride Historical Museum. All rights reserved.)

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