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'Women of Excellence' collection displayed at Museum of the West

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The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame, Museums of Western Colorado and Chevron have joined forces to bring "Women of Excellence: The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Collection" to western Colorado. The collection will be on display at Museum of the West in downtown Grand Junction through Labor Day weekend.

"Women of Excellence" is a one-of-a-kind presentation of women who are true heroes and shining examples of the potential of all women. Featuring such inductees as Golda Meir, Madeleine Albright, Judy Collins, Baby Doe Tabor, Temple Grandin and even Chipeta, the exhibition of 152 inductee portraits and profiles honors women who have significantly impacted Colorado and the world.

"The Museums of Western Colorado is proud to bring the stories of these trend-setting women from throughout Colorado's history to our community," says museums' executive director Peter Booth. "The museums are particularly excited to present and highlight those inductees who have made a difference in Western Colorado, and hope this presentation will help to increase interest in nomination and induction of additional outstanding women from our region."

The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame highlights extraordinary women and their accomplishments, which have advanced the roles of today's women to levels of heightened recognition and models of inspiration. "Inspiration is what the Hall is about," says Betty Heid, board chair for the hall. "We believe that shining a light on our inductees and the wide diversity represented by their contributions, ethnic backgrounds, economic levels, careers and beliefs, continues to impact the lives of others and elevate the status of women." Heid also emphasizes that presenting "Women of Excellence" on the Western Slope is part of an ongoing effort to further the hall's mission as a statewide organization.

"As a presenting sponsor, Chevron wants to share these stories of amazing women to illustrate how others can use their talents and dreams to achieve the extraordinary, and the potential of each person to make a difference," says Cary Baird, museum board member and policy, government and public affairs field representative at Chevron.

Other exhibition sponsors include Fairfield Inn and Suites, Girls on the Run of Western Colorado, Hilltop Senior Living Community, KREX Television, Mesa County Libraries, Rocky Mountain PBS, Terra Partners and Whitewater Hill Vineyards.

CWHF currently is accepting nominations from the public for up to 10 women to be inducted into the hall in 2018. Deadline for nominations is Aug. 1.

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