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Museum honors Higels

Posted: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Floyd Dale Higel

ALAMOSA — Floyd Dale Higel had strong roots in the San Luis Valley, and as a young boy spent hours along the banks of the Rio Grande. He always knew he belonged to the tree.

He graduated from Alamosa High School in 1950 and them from Adams State College in 1955.

It was then the proverbial winds picked up the leaf and carried him around the nation, but he never forgot where he was from.

And because of his strong roots, after serving two years in the military, he became a great success in his chosen profession. A very special lady named Cornelia May caught his eye and captured his heart. Together they raised their family as a team.

Lucky for the San Luis Valley Museum, after retirement they returned to Alamosa for a class reunion. Lucky because when they were here, they saw the museum’s plans for the future — liked them — and wanted to help. It was then that they gave their first donation of $1,000. And each year since they always found a way to graciously give a contribution, which more than once kept the museum from having to close its doors.

In 2012 they decided they would like to make a very special gift to the museum that would keep on giving for generations to come — long after they were gone. The envelope arrived with a handwritten note: “We are enclosing a check in the full amount so that your goal and dream can come true.”

With that gift they made it possible to build a wall around the garden with beautiful wrought iron gates. Now the museum is able to use the garden for several more months each year due to the protection provided from the elements.

On Saturday, May 25, the museum will be honoring the Higels curing an open house from 1-4 p.m. at 401 Hunt Avenue, Alamosa.

The museum wishes to get the word out to all citizens that the San Luis Valley Museum belongs to the people. From the dollar donation given by a first grader to a check to say this work is PAID IN FULL the museum will quietly continue working to save local history.

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