Travel Channel films in Fraser
If you watch
What: “mysteries at the Museum,” at Cozens Ranch in Fraser
Where: The Travel Channel
When: 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28
Back in February, Kristi Martens, a curator with Grand County Historical Association (GCHA), received a call from New York City. The Travel Channel show, “Mysteries at the Museum,” was possibly interested in filming an episode at Cozens Ranch Museum.
Was the historical association interested? The answer, emphatically yes! Find out the full story on Friday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. when the Fraser episode airs on the Travel Channel.
As museum and history buffs know, each Friday, “Mysteries at the Museum” reveals unique stories and artifacts at museum across America. Show personnel, along with host, Don Wildman, believe that museums are where America displays its treasures of the past — often strange and curious remnants of events that have shaped our history. Behind each museum artifact is a story to be told and a secret to be revealed.
Whatever they are, and there are many at Grand County’s four museums, iconic museum artifacts help us uncover who we are and what we’ve become. The Heritage Coalition of Grand County (www.grandcountyhistory.org) includes Grand Lake’s Kauffman House, Kremmling’s Heritage Park Museum, Grand County Pioneer Village in Hot Sulphur Springs, Granby’s Moffat Road Railroad Museum, and Cozens Ranch Museum in Fraser.
Grand County is fortunate that the “Mysteries” series casts its net wide, exploring all corners of America, including Fraser. Because it is a “mystery,” we cannot reveal too much about the episode filmed at Cozens Ranch, a National Historic Register property that now functions as a history house museum. Cozens Ranch Museum is located on US Highway 40, next door to the Rendezvous Discovery Center in Fraser.
In 1874 Billy Cozens built the house for his family: Mary York his wife, and their three children, William Jr., Mary Elizabeth and Sarah. Their house grew to include a Stage Stop, hotel, and post office. For many years, Cozens Ranch thrived and was literally the only place in town and the center of community activities, in a place once called simply, Cozzens.
The Cozens Family ran the ranch until Will’s death in 1937. Afterwards, the property was deeded to the Jesuits of Sacred Heart who had held a special place in the Cozens Family. In the mid-1980s GCHA acquired the one acre site of the Cozens Ranch house, restored it to its early Cozens days, and in 1991, opened it as Fraser Valley’s only museum. During filming, the “Mysteries at the Museum” shot in most of the 11 rooms of Cozens Ranch, including refreshed rooms and upgrades in many exhibits.
The “Mysteries at the Museum” producers requested that just one person serve as a spokesperson for the episode. GCHA thought of Kathy Naples, our friend, scholar, librarian and member of the Grand County Characters to be that person. During the episode, the voice you hear and face and hands you see are Kathy Naples.
To create the 10 – 12 minute segment at Cozens Ranch Museum, surprisingly, the crew of “Mysteries at the Museum” filmed almost 12 hours at Cozens Ranch Museum. The professional film crew flew in from New York bringing all their equipment. Along with Kathy Naples, Brooke Paxton and Kristi Martens assisted with the production.
To celebrate this national showcase at Cozens Ranch Museum, GCHA is partnering with The Crooked Creek Saloon and Creekside Eatery in Fraser for a party. Everyone is invited to meet with Kathy Naples and GCHA staff and volunteers beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28. At 7 p.m.,all the TVs will be turned to the Travel Channel and the premier of our Cozens Ranch Museum episode, starring Kathy Naples. Regular bar and menu items will be available, and the history program is free.
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