We’re just a week away from the opening of our newest exhibit Calendar Girls to Cowboys: The Art of Selling Coors at the Golden History Center. This is a very different kind of exhibit for us and I couldn’t be more excited. GHM curator Mark Dodge has spent a great deal of time working with private collectors and the Coors archive to find some of the best and rarest advertisements from one of America’s most iconic beer brands. What is also special about the exhibit is the visually impressive spectacle of the gallery. Dark, warm walls illuminated by dozens of neon and fluorescent signs surrounding a billiard table awaiting players just makes for an inviting and fun space to hang out.
The exhibit opens during our annual celebration and fundraiser, Black & White Night, on Saturday, October 11 from 6-9:30pm. The event will feature delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by The Golden Hotel, beer by MillerCoors, and distilled mixology courtesy of Golden Moon Distillery. We’ll hear from lenders to the exhibit about their unique collections as well as from Steve Saunders, retired advertising executive who built and developed Coors sports advertising campaigns.
That evening we’ll also have fun exploration stations for visitors showcasing some of the activities that are normally reserved only for our Hands on History campers. Plus, we will debut the recently rediscovered and restored 1859 Clarke map of Golden—the oldest known map of the city. All proceeds from the event directly support GHM’s exhibits, education programs, and conservation. I look forward to seeing you at Black & White Night!
Nathan Richie, Director