Nothing is more interesting to history buffs than hearing tales told by those who lived them. Jack Turner is a fifth generation Durangatang (slang for Durango Native), who is committed to preserving those memories. Jack has always enjoyed visiting with people who have been around awhile, and he is now taking it to a new level with the introduction of a series of live interviews that begin this Thursday evening at the Henry Strater Theatre. “Durango Native Stories” will feature a series of people telling their stories and stories of the community every month this summer. 

CLARKWe are happy to announce that our mom, Mary Jane Clark, will be one of the guests on the stage for thisf irstprogram. My sister, Antonia has put together a great selection of historical photographs and will be interviewing her. These are some good tales that you haven’t heard! Also on the program are Tom and Penni Compton, pioneer ranchers and educators.

Right after the Durango Native presentations, I will be heading out to Santa Fe to set up for this Saturday and Sunday’s show at the Sweeney Center in Santa Fe. 

It is a great event featuring antique and unique Western and Native American material. Last year, we decided to do the show mostly to get out of the smoke and the fire in Durango. It is green and beautiful here this year, but we had so much fun that we are heading back to Santa Fe for the weekend. 

The show is called the “Cody Old WestShow” because it was once held in Cody, Wyoming. It then moved to Denver where we were exhibitors and then to Houston, Texas for two or three years. We did not attend as I don’t go places where it is hot and humid in the summer. Santa Fe is cool, beautiful and fun right now and we are happy that the show has found a home in the “City Different.”

We will be showing some “new” wonderful older silver and turquoise jewelry and a collection of gold and silver jewelry by Jimmie KingJr. (1938-2017). We will be showing some exciting old beadwork, wonderfulNavajo weavings and a couple of great silver and turquoise headstalls. As I write this, new old items are still coming in the door!