Even though the Lyons Redstone Museum has not been open to the public this year due to COVID-19, it has not been idle.
The staff has been busy working on projects paid for by grants, as well as continuing to put data into its archives of (1) artifacts donated and/or on display (2) media/newspapers and (3) photographs.
While the doors have been closed to the public, Lyons residents can learn about their town’s history from three online Lyons history programs. The first is the 2019 Lyons Historic District Digital Walking Tour. The second is a virtual exhibit of the exhibit that was on display in 2019 to celebrate the museum’s 40 year anniversary: Forty Years/Forty Artifacts. The third virtual exhibit is from the Lyons Cemetery tour that took place live almost two years ago during May History Month. It gives a glimpse into the lives and history of some of those buried there.
The walking tour and virtual exhibits can be accessed through the links below or on the website: Lyons Redstone Museum. For questions or comments please feel free to contact staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lyons Recorder has published articles over the past few months that featured a few of the Historic District buildings, and will continue to do so in the coming months.
Due to the Museum being closed all year, it has not be able to raise funds for its annual expenses through gift and book sales, nor receive donations for entrance to the museum or in-person research done. The Historical Society is almost $10,000 in the red this summer alone. Please consider sending donations to: Lyons Historical Society, P. O. Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540. Write Director LaVern Johnson for more information at: email@example.com.
Lyons Historic District Walking Tour:
The Lyons Historic District was created on April 29, 1980. Each of the fifteen buildings in the historic district is on the National Register for Historic Places. Every building was constructed using locally quarried sandstone and has a unique history.
This Tour is also available in print. Call the museum to obtain a copy, or wait until it reopens later in 2021. Some of the stores in downtown Lyons carry copies of the printed brochure.
The majority of the buildings are located in downtown Lyons, but most either have limited store hours, or are not open to the public. You will need to drive to three of the buildings, which are closed and privately owned.
Stories from the Lyons Cemetery: VIRTUAL EXHIBIT
Explore Lyons’ history in this tour of the Lyons Cemetery and the stories of some of the people buried there. It includes a map, if you wish to go to the cemetery and view the grave sites.
Forty Years / Forty Artifacts: VIRTUAL EXHIBIT
Housed in the town’s 1881 schoolhouse the Lyons Redstone Museum opened to the public in 1979. 2019 brought the 40th Anniversary of operation and an opportunity to celebrate the history of Lyons as told through the stories of 40 artifacts from the museum’s collection. The exhibit comprised of objects, photographs, and documents shows the depth and breadth of the museum’s collections.