This exhibit previews our ambitious future exhibit, Silver City 101. Based on the exploration of seven humanities themes over the arc of our local history, this exhibit will be both physical and virtual. Local history scholars have collected material for each theme and presented them in the 2021 community conversation series, Unpacking Silver City. based on this work, we are offering a walk-through exhibit of these themes, introduced at seven stations with photos, objects, and interpretive labels. The themes are The Role of Government, The Wild West & Pop Culture, Community-Building, Cultural Diversity, The Economy, Health & Medicine, and The Environment. There is also opportunity within this exhibit to provide feedback and ideas for the final Silver City 101 exhibit.
Booms & Busts
Based on WNMU Professor of History Dr. Scott Fritz's research, this exhibit uses historical photos and objects to tell the "rocky" story of Silver City and Grant County's mining, ranching, and mercantile economy. It includes a safe with unique defense mechanism, and an all-ages interactive activity that demonstrates the impact of ore prices on the livelihoods of early Silver Citians!