This class was previously named "From Microfiche to Manuscript". If you register and your confirmation shows the older name, don't fret. You will have registered for "Raising the Dead".

Learn to research historical material in order to tell engaging stories that can take on a life of their own! Author Cara Guerrieri and Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum Curator Nel Burkett lead a workshop and discussion about how to begin writing history and the research that goes into the project. Ms. Guerrieri will discuss the methods she uses to research historical material to tell engaging stories that can take on a life of their own. She has a long career of writing for publications such as The Gunnison News, Crested Butte News, Gunnison Magazine, Crested Butte Magazine, Colorado Central Magazine, and her work with her mother and father, Richard and Phyllis Guerrieri, to publish their memoirs. Ms. Burkett, who regularly assists researchers like Guerrieri, will provide insight on how to best use local archives and effectively draw on many sources to find the historical content you need for your next story. She will share her experiences using primary sources and oral histories to develop exhibit text for the Museum and how this often results in discovering unknown and unique stories. Following the presentation, get started researching and writing your own historical narrative through guided exercises. Bring your own ideas about the history you would like to explore, and make this class an opportunity to get started writing! At the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum.

Instructors: Author Cara Guerrieri and Museum Curator Nel Burkett
When: Saturday, May 18th
Time: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Cost:  $45
Cara Guerrieri is a staff writer for the Crested Butte Magazine. Her nonfiction, historical stories have also appeared in the Gunnison Country Magazine and Colorado Central Magazine. She co-authored two memoirs, Pure Joy with her mother and The Spaghetti Gang with her father. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Western Colorado University. She splits her time between Gunnison, Colorado and Blue Hill, Maine.

Nel Burkett has been the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum Curator for four years, assisting with all manner of research projects and ancestry work. Working for non-profits means wearing many hats, from exhibit design and research, collections care, volunteer coordination, and event management to changing light bulbs and shoveling snow from the roof of the historic Museum. Currently, Ms. Burkett is pursuing her Master Degree in Gallery Management & Exhibits Specialization from Western Colorado University and preparing for the next exhibition installment about 1970s Crested Butte to open in spring 2019.