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History Museum Opens "Woody" Crumbo Exhibit Aug. 30

History Museum Opens "Woody" Crumbo Exhibit Aug. 30 and Expands Thursday Hours
Posted on 08/25/2021
Prints by Woody Crumbo lines the walls at the Aurora History Museum

Select prints by indigenous artist Woodrow “Woody” Wilson Crumbo will be on display at the Aurora History Museum starting Aug. 30. And to accommodate those who would like to visit later in the day, the museum will offer late hours on Thursdays from Aug. 26 through Sept. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The exhibit, “Art by ‘Woody’ Crumbo,” will feature 17 prints of indigenous dancers. The prints were donated by Bill and Sue Hensler, long-time Aurora residents, museum supporters and benefactors before they moved to Dolores, Colorado. The Hensler Collection has previously been on display at the Aurora History Museum in 1991 and 2010.

Crumbo, a well-known Native American artist whose work is on display at the Smithsonian Institution and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was also a flutist and dancer of Potawatomi descent. In the 1950s, Crumbo spent time as an independent prospector, discovering one of the largest beryllium veins in the country. His works often depict traditional native dancers and costumes. Crumbo died in 1989.

The Aurora History Museum is located at 15051 E. Alameda Parkway, and admission is always free. The regular hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 303.739.6660 or visit

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