The Georgetown school that dates back to the year 1874 was reopened to the public in 2015 through a collaborative effort by many people as the Georgetown Heritage Center. The center is a place where the history of Georgetown is celebrated, as well as space for exhibitions, fine arts, traditional crafts, live performances, lectures, conferences, meetings, and other activities. The Cultural Arts Program at the Heritage Center provides a wide variety of classes for the community.
The Georgetown Heritage Center’s anchor is its Local History Archive. The Archive is operated and owned by the Clear Creek County Library District, and collects the maps, photographs, records, and other documentation of the history of the town of Georgetown. The local library also sponsors programs for children and films. The Heritage Center aims to be a dynamic educational facility the provides resources to the enhance the lives of residents in the local community, as well as residents of neighboring communities and visitors to the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District.
Many of the classrooms on the first floor of the Georgetown Heritage Center are used for the Cultural Arts Program. The program uses these classrooms for the demonstration, teaching, and exhibition of traditional folk arts, as well as their modern adaptations. The Heritage Center also provides cultural programs that were practiced and enjoyed by the different groups who established Georgetown during the mining boom of the nineteenth century up through modern times.
Program offered by the Cultural Arts Program include participants from the local and regional area, as well as tourists. Senior groups and school groups are also welcome to participate in the various programming. Fine arts and crafts classes and exhibits are provided as well. The performance space on the second-floor of the Heritage Center hosts a diverse assortment of concerts and other performance events, including performances by local musicians.
The Georgetown Heritage Center is housed within the 1874 Georgetown Schoolhouse, situated in town on Taos Street. It’s hard to miss the Heritage Center with its large bell tower and central location in the heart of historic Georgetown. First floor of the building consists a conference room and classrooms that are utilized by the Cultural Arts Program, as well as space available for rent for events. The second floor of the Heritage Center includes a performance space that can seat one hundred people, as well as audio and screen projection equipment and a platform.
The Cultural Arts Program’s mission at the Georgetown Heritage Center is to promote the heritage performance and folk arts that reflect the culture of the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District, dating back to life during the nineteenth century up to present day. The varied programming includes traditional crafts, music, fine arts, film, gardening, and drama. The events and classes of the Cultural Arts Program are designed to exhibit, teach, and demonstrate the traditional folk crafts and arts that were practiced by the different groups that created the town during its mining heyday. This promotes an understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the nineteenth century cultural and ethnic heritage of the Georgetown area.
809 Taos Street, Georgetown, Colorado, Phone: 303-569-0289