Hotel de Paris Museum collects, preserves and shares history and culture associated with Louis Dupuy's Hotel de Paris, and serves as a catalyst for heritage tourism.
The site's period of significance is now. The museum interprets the contributions of Louis Dupuy, Sophie Gally, the Gally Heirs (Angeline Pouget Lefebvre. Rosa Pouget, Auguste Pouget, and Joseph Ferdinand Gally), the Burkholder Family, and The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado (NSCDA in CO).
NSCDA in CO was founded in 1896 and is devoted to patriotic service through education and participation in various historical activities. NSCDA in CO is committed to providing thoroughly researched and historically accurate information to the public. A primary membership focus is to maintain, preserve, and operate for Hotel de Paris Museum for the benefit of the public.
Hotel de Paris Museum educates school groups and the public about the site's importance to the economic and social life of the Georgetown mining community, the history of the Georgetown-Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District, as well as the State of Colorado and the United States. Educational and interpretative initiatives focus on the achievements of French and Chinese immigrants who created and ran the hotel, as well as Jewish salesmen who operated stores in the hotel, and the Colonial Dames who have stewarded the site.
The object of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) is to collect and preserve manuscripts, traditions, relics of historical interest and value, and mementos of bygone days; to preserve and restore buildings connected with the early history of our country; to diffuse helpful and intelligent information concerning the past; to create a popular interest in colonial history; to stimulate a spirit of true patriotism and a genuine love of country; and to impress upon the young the sacred obligation of honoring the memory of those heroic ancestors whose ability, valor, sufferings, and achievements are beyond all praise.
A primary purpose of the organization is the dissemination of American history. A fundamental objective is the identification, preservation, and maintenance of properties of diverse but significant history throughout the nation, and the education of the public as to their importance.
The NSCDA (headquartered at Dumbarton House on Q Street in Washington, DC) was founded in 1891 as a patriotic and genealogical organization. The breadth of preservation work includes restoring buildings, researching and collecting artifacts and manuscripts, and conducting archaeological digs. The NSCDA owns more than 80 significant museum houses, buildings, and rooms that have been managed carefully to authentically represent the individual historic period. During the Spanish-American War and World War I, the NSCDA outfitted parts of hospital ships and during World War II "adopted" the USO center in Ketchikan, Alaska by raising money to maintain it for four and a half years (the center was used by some 5 million people). In addition, the NSCDA is assisting the Women's Memorial Foundation by recording the services of women veterans for their archives in the Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.
The vision of The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of Colorado, the owners of the Museum since 1954, is one of teaching American and International audiences about this classic American emigre entrepreneurial success story. As such the Hotel de Paris Museum is committed to:
- Upholding the Public Trust,
- Serving the widest possible audience,
- Maintaining its collections in accordance with professional standards of care and,
- Presenting interpretations founded on scholarship that also remains respectful of pluralistic values.
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado are women descended in their own right from an ancestor who was residing in one of the thirteen original colonies prior to 1750 and contributed in a worthy way to the community or Colonies in that period before the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Hotel de Paris Museum, a landmark building and direct link to Georgetown's days as an epicenter of Colorado's silver mining boom, is a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Hotel de Paris Museum is part of the Trust's diverse portfolio of properties.
Hotel de Paris Museum is owned and operated by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado. By entering into a cooperative agreement with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Colonial Dames benefit from the National Trust's expertise in a range of areas, from preservation to conservation to interpretation. The National Trust collaborates with Hotel de Paris Museum to enhance visitor experiences at the site, including increasing the hours during which the site is open for tours.
The area around Georgetown was Colorado's most important source of silver in the mid-to-late 19th century-at one point attracting so many residents that it became one of the most populous cities in the state. Hotel de Paris Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was originally constructed in 1875 by French immigrant Adolphe Francois Gerard, who called himself Louis Dupuy. He subsequently enlarged the original structure to its current size in 1889; most improvements to the building were completed by 1893. The building was operated as a hotel, boarding house, restaurant, and showroom for traveling salesmen. In 1954, The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Colorado acquired the site, eventually restoring it to its original 1890s appearance and transforming it into its present incarnation as a museum. The excellent condition of the building-and the presence of approximately 90% of the original furnishings--including Dupuy's library and art--make this site unique for educational opportunities.
TRIPADVISOR REVIEWER HIGHLIGHTS
Date of experience: December 2019
was in Georgetown for their Christmas Festival weekend. walked up to the end of the street and saw that this was open. walked in thinking it was just another of Georgetown's tourist stores which it is as you first walk in. but then found out it is a museum of the original hotel. talked briefly with one of the guides and then decided to pay the $10 admission to check it out. what a wonderful surprise for my wife and me. the hotel is 90% original from when it was in operation from 1880's till about 1940's. so it it authentic snapshot in time. it is self guided but there are several guides throughout to provide information and to answer questions. the restoration is very impressive. a treat was that for the Christmas Festival, they had warm cider and amazing cookies in the kitchen. overall, this was well worth it. highly recommended. -ColoDream
Date of experience: December 2019
If you're spending time in Georgetown you're probably interested in railroads, mining, Victorian era architecture, history, or all of the above. Allow a hour or so for a tour of this hotel. Well preserved with original furnishings and artifacts, the Hotel de Paris will give you a good sense of what Georgetown was like at it's peak. The back story of the owner is worth your time to hear from one of the knowledgeable museum docents while taking the tour. -GW B
Date of experience: September 2019
One of the most authentic and delightful museums set in the charming town of Georgetown Colorado which is a quick 70ish minute drive from Denver. Executive Director Kevin Kuharic and staff were delightful and so knowledgeable. 90% of the items in the hotel museum are original! You can't help but feel you've stepped back in time when walking around at looking at all of the items. Even the books are original. Big Plus: Their experiential wine cheese and charcuterie event is amazing and the full tour is definitely worth it. -Mia Voss
Date of experience: September 2019
The life story of Louis Dupuy as told by the museum guide with such passion and knowledge of his subject stays with you when you have long since left Georgetown. We bought a little book to re read and it is truly a remarkable and inspiring story of how the hotel was developed. Do not miss when visiting historical Georgetown. -Judith59_10