Celebrating Durango's Victorian and Old West Past -- for the 7th Year!

2014-home-imageThis event commemorates our town's colorful and diverse history, focusing primarily on the period from the town's incorporation in 1881 until 1912. You'll find that a large number of event goers will be dressed in authentic period attire throughout the celebration. We encourage everyone to join in the fun by donning your Victorian, Edwardian or Old West finery for any of our events, although costuming is generally optional with exceptions noted on event pages. We greatly appreciate our guests following our historic mission in their attire at the DHC; in particular, kindly refrain from the Steampunk fantasy look or modern western attire. This event is open to the public. A few of the activities require advance ticket purchase, please see each activity page for details and requirements. 

Our 2013 event was a huge success, as we observed and based on the feedback we've already received.  We highly recommend that interested parties sign up to receive our newsletters so that you have information about 2014 as soon as it's posted. Our activities that require reservations sell out within weeks of posting, so it pays to act quickly.  We truly appreciate the support and enthusiasm of everyone who attended this year and look forward to seeing returning and new faces in 2014!  With its new leadership, we anticipate some new ideas and some changes to the overall event, but also expect it to provide guests with the same quality and excitement as in years past.

Be certain to bring your camera to this event. It is THE BEST for photo opportunities! Please browse some images from our 2012 event submitted by attendees in our Event Photo Gallery. If you'll be attending our event from out of town we invite you to come early or stay longer! Check out our Durango page to learn more about the many fun things to do in the beautiful Durango area.

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Event Photos

2013 Event Photos

2013 Event Photos

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Event Feedback

"Thanks for the great event. We at the Gold Camp Victorian Society understand and appreciate how much effort it takes to make all this happen."
Gary, Cripple Creek CO

"We attended this year's event and really enjoyed it!  Hope to attend again next year!"
Tom and Katya

"The Durango Heritage Celebration is one of our favorite events and we know it is due to all the work put forth all year long to make it happen. Thank you Suzanne for all you have done."
Judith and Bill, Durango CO

"Way fun.  The whole Durango weekend was great! Everything was fabulous!  You are incredible.  Thanks for all your hard work.  I would so recommend Durango as a destination now that I’ve been there and had such a wonderful time!"
Kimary, Wheat Ridge CO

"We enjoyed the train ride so much, and we are locals. Loved the opportunity to take advantage of beautiful cars for a great value! I hope that will be on the venue next year .I heard from several couples from the front range and all over Co that said this is the best venue in the State. One couple said it exceeds the venues in Gettysburg. We moved back here after 10 years living in Gettysburg, PA so I know how rich the re-inacting venues are there."
Valerie, Bayfield CO

"I really enjoyed the Ball this year. Every event just seemed more relaxed and easy this year. I wish there had been programs at the museum, last year the ribbon and hat workshops were great, would like to see more of that."
Frances, Golden CO

"We enjoyed ourselves immensely!"
Jane, Custer SD

"It was our first year to attend and had the pleasure of getting to go to the Titanic Dinner plus the Fashion Show and Ball. You did a great job and we had lots of fun. Hope to be able to attend again."
Katrina, Arboles CO

"Loved the ball and learning the dance steps. Had a great time and met some wonderful people. The Strater was beautiful, we will be going again next year."
Debra, Bennett CO

"I wanted to thank you for a wonderful experience at the Heritage Victorian Ball and the Sunday trip on the D&S train. We are already looking forward to next year's Heritage Celebration and possibly arriving in Durango earlier to particpate in more events."
Darrell and Beverly

"I liked all of it, it was so much fun! Thanks for all your hard work! Everything was quality and fun, and everyone was friendly and fun to be with. We are ready to make reservations for next year!."
Susan, Los Alamos NM

"Everything was wonderful. The banquet, ball and fashion show were so well organized and fun! The elegant dresses, the dancing, the wonderful people. You do a terrific job. Thank you! We can hardly wait for next year!"
Karen, Denver CO

"All the events were so much fun. One of my favorite memories is the dance class, however the best part was meeting so many wonderful and fun loving people. Fun, elegant, and professionally managed. It felt like we were really in the 1800's. We plan to come again."
Barb, New Brunswick

"Thank you once again for putting on such a lovely event! It was truly a wonderful experience. All the planning and organizing truly paid off."
Karen, Denver CO
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