Pueblo Museum – A Founding Families Legacy

Episode 6 – Deb Darrow

In this episode of the Wake-Up Colorado Podcast, our guest is Deb Darrow. She made her way to Rosemount Museum 100% on a fluke. She has a Journalism major and worked as a newspaper reporter and in communications. By luck, the Rosemount Museum was looking for a new director with communication skills to work with marketing and public relations. One thing led to another, and Deb became the Executive Director of Rosemount Museum. Today, Deb shares all about Rosemount Museum, its history, and how you can help preserve the history of your community for generations to come.

Standout Quotes:

  • “The house itself, the house is just such an amazing thing. It kind of takes on its own life.” [Deb]
  • “You can come every time to the museum and get a different tour guide, and you learn something completely different on the tour.” [Deb]
  • “We do try to get out into the community and share the story of the museum as much as we possibly can.” [Deb]
  • “They’re such regimented people, so prim and proper, and yet, so very strange. When you put those two things together, you get these really interesting etiquette rules.” [Deb]
  • “It’s really important to know your history. If you know your history, that’s kind of where you start to get sort of jazzed up about it.” [Deb]
  • “Volunteering is one of the best ways to meet people.” [Deb]
  • “The value of getting involved and learning about your own history of where you live is just priceless.” [Kevin]

Key Takeaways:

  • Deb made her way to Rosemount by luck
  • The Thatcher brothers had a way of taking something and taking advantage of a situation that they saw a need and just growing it.
  • People can accomplish so much if they realize the opportunity they have in their community.
  • Because Rosemount’s staff is small, they have to rely on their volunteers to get things done.
  • The way Rosemount conducts its tours normally just fits right in with the expectations and the restrictions surrounding COVID.
  • Rosemount Museum shares as much as they possibly can to their community
  • Rosemount Museum has three trust funds that have been the funding source for the museum.
  • About 85% of the artifacts at Rosemount Museum are authentic
  • Find within your community what you find interesting, and you would enjoy being a part of and give it a little bit of your time.
  • To help preserve your history is to make sure that people are nurturing it and getting involved and that the story is out there.
  • Put yourself out there a little bit and find the one place where you will be interested in volunteering. You will make some friends and learn some stuff. It helps to build that appreciation at a much quicker rate.

Episode Timeline:

[00:40] Meet today’s guest “Deb Darrow,” Executive Director at Rosemount Museum

[1:13] Deb’s background and journey working with Rosemount Museum

[3:05] What’s your favorite part of the museum?

[5:28] How does Rosemont play into the history of Pueblo in general?

[10:50] What are some of the activities that the volunteers support?

[14:45] How has COVID affected business?

[16:22] Were there any unexpected opportunities that came out because of COVID?

[18:16] Reopening Rosemount Museum

[19:25] Will you continue to do videos about Rosemount?

[20:11] What are the educational opportunities that Rosemount offers for the community?

[22:47] The fundraising aspect of Rosemount

[26:03] What is the overall vision for the future of Rosemount Estate?

[29:52] What are ways that people can help preserve the history of their communities?

[32:24] Are you seeing an opportunity to better connect our youth with history?

[36:27] What are your favorite hidden gems in Colorado?

[39:04] What advice would you give to someone moving to Colorado?

[40:15] Is there anything else that you want to share that we didn’t cover?

[40:52] Where can people find you and connect with you?


 Learn more about Deb Darrow and the Rosemount Museum at:

Website: https://www.rosemount.org/

Email: ddarrow@rosemount.org

Phone: (719) 545-5290

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