Museum tours bring history to life

The Golden Museum is taking residents and visitors to the history in and around the area.

The tour of the Donald Cemetery took visitors on a short hike in the woods to get to their final destination. The group was given the chance to learn about what Donald was like in the past while seeing a part of the history of the town.

The Golden Museum is working hard at not only preserving local history but also taking people on tours to where local history comes from.

Recently a tour group went out to the cemetery in Donald with President of the Golden Museum, Denice Darbyshire. The event was an opportunity to learn not only about the cemetery but also a chance to look back at the history of Donald. Darbyshire explained why she thinks these type of tours are a valuable asset for both local residents and people visiting.

“I think they are important so people can get to enjoy  and see the history. It makes them more aware of what happened in the community years ago.”

While on the tour people were given the chance to hear about what life was like in the past in Donald.

According to information provided by Darbyshire, Donald was named for Donald A. Smith, and was a lively town with many hotels and saloons. The town had about 1300 residents in 1885, and for a time had a baseball team that would compete against teams from Field and Windermere.

For Darbyshire, one of the great things is to see the response of the people who come out to see history.

“You are in its presence. Many people say a cemetery is creepy. I do not find this. I find it more of a mystery. Why they are here and seeing it from a different perspective than found in a book,” Darbyshire said.

More field trips are set to happen throughout the winter. To learn more call the museum at 250-344-5169 or feel free to drop by the museum.


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