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Friends of the Longmont Museum

AUDITORIUM ADDITION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. Postage PAID Longmont, CO 80501 Permit No. 83

400 Quail Road | Longmont, CO 80501

The Friends of the Longmont Museum are preparing to launch a capital campaign to add a 250-seat auditorium and adjoining multi-purpose space to the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center. As this campaign gets underway, I’ll be sending you updates, introducing you to the design of the new space, and asking for your support as we proceed.

EXPERIENCE ELECTRICITY! DAY OF THE DEAD OPENING

Artist Brandon Maldonado.

When our Museum was designed in the late 1990s an auditorium was included in the original design. Due to limited funds it was not built. Thanks to the very generous financial contributions of local philanthropist Lila Stewart, we are planning to launch a capital campaign to continue to raise funds for this project.

Jessica Mondo and Jacquline Davy from Artá Tequila.

The auditorium expansion will bring much needed year-round space for existing and new Museum programs. It will also serve as a community space for other groups – nonprofit and commercial – to utilize for a wide variety of events. Concerts, lectures, performances and films are just a few of the many exciting activities that will take place in the auditorium.

Were you there?

Our Day of the Dead exhibit opening was the place to be on October 4. City Manager Harold Dominguez and his family.

JOIN THE FRIENDS OF THE LONGMONT MUSEUM TO RECEIVE INVITATIONS AND FREE ADMISSION TO ALL THE MUSEUM’S EXHIBITION OPENINGS.

It is with great pride and promise that we enter the initial planning phase of realizing the dream of additional space for community events and I’ll be bringing more information to you as we proceed with our plans. Eric Kittelberger President, Friends of the Longmont Museum

NOVEMBER 17, 2012 – FEBRUARY 17, 2013

Deputy Consul General Adrian Garcia (left) & Marcela de la Mar (middle)

THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT

Auditorium Addition rendering by OZ Architecture

Friends of the Longmont Museum President, Eric Kittelberger


PROGRAMS

FROM THE DIRECTOR

ABANDONED

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION BY MARK IVINS The Great Western Sugar factory on Longmont’s eastern edge closed in the mid-1970s. A struggle now rages inside the building between the forces of decay and the massive industrial equipment that remains in place. Longmont photographer Mark Ivins has captured this struggle in a series of spectacular black and white photographs, which will be on view in the Museum’s Portal Gallery from November 17, 2012 to February 17, 2013. Sweet Success? The Future of Longmont’s Great Western Sugar Factory THURSDAY | JANUARY 31, 2013 | 6:30 PM PROGRAM ADMISSION | $5

Join David Starnes of the City of Longmont Economic Development Department and Mark Walker, Project Director for the Colorado Brownfields Foundation, for an informal program and discussion on the potential of the vacant Great Western Sugar factory and the challenges facing any redevelopment effort.

AMP’D UP!

The Longmont Museum has a long history of telling great stories about our region. From our permanent exhibition Front Range Rising to last year’s Niwot on the Rails, one of our goals is make history come alive and show our visitors how the St. Vrain Valley has evolved to the present day. In that spirit, we are thrilled to open AMP’D: POWERING LONGMONT 1912-2012, an exhibition that brings to life the history of electricity in Longmont and invites visitors to experience how electricity works. We organized this exhibition with Longmont Power and Communications, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. One hundred years ago our community came together to create its own electrical utility company, owned and operated by the people of Longmont. The unusual foresight of Longmont’s citizens at that time is evidenced by other municipalities around the country continuing to create and build their own utilities.

SATURDAY | NOVEMBER 17 | 10 AM TO 2 PM $5, INCLUDES EXHIBIT ADMISSION | FREE FOR FRIENDS MEMBERS

Join us for the grand opening of AMP’d! This one-day event will feature appearances by LPC equipment and trucks, along with exciting demonstrations and activities for the whole family.

Curator Conversations

EVERY TUESDAY AT NOON | NOVEMBER 20 – FEBRUARY 12 INCLUDED WITH EXHIBIT ADMISSION | FREE FOR FRIENDS MEMBERS

NOVEMBER 17, 2012 – FEBRUARY 17, 2013

Our hope with this exhibition is to give visitors of all ages, especially children, an opportunity to experience how electricity is made and transmitted, but also to teach them how electricity has transformed our lives in the past 100 years by displaying objects from our permanent collection. This is an exhibition that has something for everyone, and it is a great opportunity to bring children to the Museum. We look forward to seeing you in the gallery for AMP’d! Wesley Jessup, Director Longmont Museum & Cultural Center

In celebration of the centennial of Longmont Power & Communications (LPC), Longmont’s own electric utility, we present a hands-on exhibit uncovering the real story of electricity. It is the most interactive exhibit we have ever created. Hands-on activities de-mystify electricity, allowing you to safely manipulate electromagnetic fields with your bare hands, test your abilities with hand-powered generators, experiment with magnets, and balance electric “loads” on a giant scale.

Electricity: Fun Facts and Electric Safety

To understand what LPC does for the community, you and your family can climb into a model of a bucket truck, plunge tiny neighborhoods into darkness and restore their power with the flip of a switch, try on the protective clothing worn by LPC employees, and create an electrical grid complete with power station, high-voltage transmission lines, substations and homes. Also included are electrical appliances from the last 100 years of Longmont’s history, including some rare and unusual pieces from the Museum’s collection.

Did you know that the City of Longmont has owned and operated a 500 kW hydroelectric plant near Lyons since 1912? Experience this historic facility, responsible for providing LPC customers with service throughout the last century. Limited space is available for this unique tour. Transportation is provided from the Longmont Museum, departing promptly at 9:15 am.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center 400 Quail Road, Longmont, CO 80501

303-651-8374 • www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum

VOLUME 14 NUMBER 5

Museum Hours: MON – SAT 9 am to 5 pm | SUN 1 pm to 5 pm Archive Hours: Call 303-651-8969 for information

Friends of the Museum www.longmontmuseum.org

Discover the inside story of AMP’D in these special tours led by a curator from the Longmont Museum.

EXHIBIT ADMISSION: ADULTS: $5 STUDENTS/SENIORS (62+): $3 CHILDREN 5 AND UNDER ADMITTED FREE Members of the Friends of the Museum always receive free admission to special exhibits. Join at the Family level and your immediate family receives a year of free admission.

THURSDAY | DECEMBER 27 | 10 TO 10:45 AM $5, INCLUDES EXHIBIT ADMISSION | FREE FOR FRIENDS MEMBERS

Need a break from Winter Break? Explore the history and mystery of electricity, including power safety tips and demonstrations, during this family presentation from Longmont Power & Communications.

Hydroelectric Plant Tour

THURSDAY | JANUARY 10 | 9 AM TO NOON $10, INCLUDES EXHIBIT ADMISSION AGES 18 AND OLDER PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED | CALL 303-651-8374

The Next Hundred Years: Broadband and Beyond

THURSDAY | FEBRUARY 7 | 7 TO 8 PM $5, INCLUDES EXHIBIT ADMISSION | FREE FOR FRIENDS MEMBERS

Join LPC’s telecommunications manager Vince Jordan as he showcases the parallels between the early days of Longmont’s electric frontier and the next step in LPC’s digital evolution.

SPARX!

DECEMBER 29, JANUARY 19 & FEBRUARY 16 | 10:30 AM AND 1:30 PM $5, INCLUDES EXHIBIT ADMISSION | FREE FOR FRIENDS MEMBERS

Journey through the wonderful world of electricity and magnets during this interactive presentation complete with hands-on demonstrations and audience participation. Entertaining, informative, and fun for the whole family!

Longmont Museum newsletter  

Newsletter of the Longmont Museum, winter 2012, issue devoted to AMP'D exhibit.

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