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Jefferson County has issued a stay at home order for all non-essential employees, therefore Tesoro’s office will be closed until we are allowed back to the workplace. We are able to check email from home, so you can stay in touch with us via our email, info@TesoroCulturalCenter.com

Our 20th Annual Indian Market & Powwow has been canceled for 2020. It will return in June of 2021.

May 7, 2020

Dear Friends of Tesoro Cultural Center,

I hope you are healthy and safe. I’d like to reassure you about the ways we at The Fort and Tesoro are carefully planning some of our programming, and re-opening the restaurant using the CDC recommendations on safe spacing, deep sanitizing,  taking temperatures and checking with our employees, educators and volunteers about any possible exposure to the virus before they clock in to work, when we re-open.

The good news is The Fort has a lot of space, both inside and outside to accommodate comfortable and safe spacing. All employees (Fort and Tesoro), volunteers, educators, and interpreters will be wearing facemasks, and in some cases latex gloves when we re-open. 

Tesoro’s Board of Directors has decided to postpone both the 20th Annual Indian Market Powwow to June 4-6, 2021, and the 1840s Rendezvous and Spanish Colonial Market to September 10-12, 2021. Please support our artists and Interpreters by purchasing unique artwork directly from them on their sites. You can Google their names and see what platform they are using to buy their unique pieces of art. For a list of our artists and their profiles, go to our web site www.TesoroCulturalCenter.org.

We’ve rescheduled our two sold out lectures in March to September/October :

Sept. 26, 27th: Dr. Catherine Franklin, lecturing on “Much Ado About Custer: Rethinking the Indian Wars in three different venues, including a “Safe Spacing Dinner/lecture at The Fort.

Oct. 10th, 11th: Historian John Steinle: “The Great American Desert: Major Stephen Long’s Colorado Expedition of 1820.”

In the remote case that we will not be able to have “live, in-person” lectures, they will be reformatted to virtual lectures through a digital platform. In the event this occurs, changes will be posted to our website, www.tesoroculturalcenter.org.

Our deepest gratitude to SCFD, Bonfils Stanton Foundation, Kinney Oil Company, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Baron Family Foundation, and so many other members who’ve increased their membership, providing uch needed funding to keep Sue Halpern and Maria Carrillo on the payroll during this difficult time.

Sue has been writing many grants and our fingers are crossed that they will see the value, need and continue to fund Tesoro. Overall, Tesoro has been in a strong financial position, but unfortunately, The Fort restaurant has been closed for months and is not able to contribute to Tesoro financially in 2020, as in years past. We hope we all can get back to a new normal in 2021.

We are so excited to see you and welcome you back…but keeping our distance as we must. Please stay healthy and safe during this pandemic! Does anyone sell “period” 1840s style masks? American Indian beaded masks?  

Warmest regards,

Holly

Holly Arnold Kinney
Executive Director
Tesoro Cultural Center

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The Tesoro Cultural Center (Tesoro means “Treasure” in Spanish) is committed to protecting and making available to the community the artistic treasures of our American past. All Tesoro events are inspired by Colorado’s rich history and shared experiences with Southwest, Spanish, Mexican, Native American, African American and Early European cultures. From art and cuisine to historical re-enactments and music, Tesoro’s mission is to create community based events and educational outreach programs designed to enrich and celebrate our cultural heritage.

Most Tesoro Events and Education Programs are held at The Fort, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison, Colorado – in Southwest Denver “Red Rocks Country”

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Our Offices and Most Tesoro Events and Education Programs are held at The Fort Restaurant:

19192 Hwy 8
Morrison, CO 80465

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