Carbondale Historical Society

The late Mary Ferguson has a converstion with KDNK's former Music Director about a trip to Greece he took. For longtime KDNK listeners, these will be familiar voices.

The Late LaVada Sloan was a long time resident of Carbondale. All three of her children grew up here in Carbondale, and she was friends of Mary Ferguson. This is a conversation between friends, both of whom loved the town they lived in.

In 1984, the late Mary Ferguson recorded an interview with a man named Elmer Bair. But, the tape did not work on the radio, so Mary and the late Frank Smotherman ended up just having a conversation live on-air. This is the second part of that conversation. 

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This week on Everything Under The Sun, Carbondale Historical Society Vice President Sue Gray and President Stephen Shapiro join hosts James Steindler and Jeanne Souldern to tell listeners about their new Dinkel Mercantile Museum, podcast and Potato Day 2021!

This is part of a conversation between Ruth Cato and Eddis Fender recorded on Memorial Day Weekend 1987. Thank you to the Carbondale Historical Society for helping make these conversations available. You can find the complete audio archive and transcriptions by clicking here.

Slice of Local History Comes to Promenade Park

Apr 23, 2021
Kathleen Shannon/KDNK

Carbondale’s Promenade Park, behind Town Hall, has a new installation: the cross-section of a 120-year-old tree. Hear from the man behind the project, John S. Williams, who’s also on the Carbondale Historical Society’s Board of Directors. 

KDNK Debuts Long-Lost Historical Audio Archive

Apr 8, 2021
Carbondale Historical Society

KDNK and the Carbondale Historical Society collaborated to revive some historic voices! The late Mary Ferguson hosted "This I Remember" on KDNK in the '80s and '90s.

Sue Gray of the Carbondale Historical Society unveils a new project to honor the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. We hear a clip from one of their audio history pieces.

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KDNK volunteer and Express Yourself contributor Abby Gierke interviews Sue Gray, VP of Carbondale Historical society about an interactive historical map of Carbondale with fun locations to visit. Sue Gray also gives a brief introduction to Carbondale's rich history.

James Steindler describes a new storytelling initiative by the Carbondale Historical Society aimed at collecting and archiving local stories about the pandemic. You can send your COVID tales to or call 970.414.1078.

Potato Days Ghosts Haunt KDNK Airwaves

Oct 6, 2019
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In celebration of Potato Days 2019, DJ Crème Brûlée shares hits from Hattie Thompson's collection of gram0phone records along with the stories of Carbondale pioneers.

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Carbondale's longest running tradition is on Saturday, October 5. Sue Gray, board president for the Carbondale Historical Society, stopped by Express Yourself to share details about the parade and Ghost Party…

Darrell Munsell


Darrell Munsell is author of Protecting a Valley and Saving a River, the story of The Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association. Darrell will be signing copies of his book at the historic Thompson House in Carbondale on Saturday, December 15 from 3pm to 5pm.

Carbondale Cracks Open Historic Safe

Oct 9, 2018
Photo by Jane Bachrach

Carbondale's 109th Potato Day saw the opening of a mysterious locked safe located for decades in what is now Steve's Guitars. Funds raised from this event benefitted the Carbondale Historical Society. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh has this report.

Potato Day 2018

KDNK’s Fall Membership Drive Nonprofit Showcase continues with KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh interviewing Sue Gray, Board President for the Carbondale Historical Society.

Sopris Sun Editor Will Grandbois is joined by Sue Gray, representing the Carbondale Historical Society, and Carbondale-native Melanie Gianinetti Cardiff to talk about Carbondale's 109th Annual Potato Day Celebration.