Education and Events

The Museum hosts educational activities throughout the year. Tours of the Museum and the Historic Fall River Hydroplant may be arranged for groups of 10 or more people by contacting the Curator of Education. All programs take place at the Museum unless otherwise noted.

Museum staff will present outside of the facility on historical topics of interest for groups in the surrounding Estes Park area. To request a speaker for your next event please contact the Curator of Education. Below are a list of popular presentation topics.
Subscribe to receive email updates
 
Mondays and Tuesdays through September 19
from 8:15 - 10 a.m.
Downtown History Walking Tours
 
Meet at the corner of MacGregor and Park Avenues in downtown Estes Park (near the Enos Mills sculpture in Bond Park)

The basic footprint of the town we know today put down roots over one hundred years ago. Stores you see today are buildings that started out as hotels, schools, and private homes. Discover the hidden past on a walking tour of downtown Estes Park with the knowledgeable and lively docents from the Estes Park Musuem. Participants will explore historical photographs from the Museum's collection to aid in comparing the past to the present.  
 
Identical tours are offered on Monday and Tuesday mornings (except July 4 and September 4) June 5 through September 19, 2017. Tours meet at 8:15 a.m. at the Northeast corner of Bond Park (next to the bronze Enos Mills Sculpture at MacGregor and Park Avenues) and begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. The tour group will walk west through town and return to the same site by 10:00 a.m. and travel a distance of 0.7 miles. The cost is $8. 
Saturday, July 22 at 7 p.m. 

Cousin Estes: A Musical Docudrama

Takes place at the Estes Park High School Auditorium

Cousin Estes is a musical docudrama that explores the roots and historic contribution of the Estes family from Italy and Scotland through 1875, and then beyond the grave by the ghost of Joel Estes. Each song in the play is supported by a video of the event that stands out in the American historic record. 

Joel Estes will introduce you to the Estes family members as they play their parts in the building of the nation in this American experience. Joel will introduce you to the Marquis Niccolo III d’este in Italy, Thomas Dixon in Scotland, Abraham Estes, the first Estes to come to America, Joel’s Grandfather and namesake Joel, who fought in the revolutionary war, Peter Estes, who followed Daniel Boone over “The Wilderness Trail,” and Joel’s interesting life with his family as they discover gold in the California Gold Rush of 1849, and also discovered and settled in Estes Park, Colorado.

Michael Estes Dixon is currently performing in the rock group “Trip Wire.” In addition to performing in rock and bluegrass bands, he has also pursued a solo career. Dixon has taken roles in community theater for productions such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and he wrote and performed the music for the production of “The Astral Plane.”  He is a versatile musician that plays Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Lap Steel, Keyboards, Harmonica, Flute, Saxophone, Drums and other percussion instruments. 

For 20 years, Mike Estes Dixon researched his Estes family history.  Every time he found an interesting character, he wrote a song. This inspired Mike to execute a three-phase plan: create a new album about Estes Family members, make videos of all of the songs, and ultimately write a play to present the Estes family history.

The album “Cousin Estes” was released in October, 2015.  Dixon plays all of the instruments and sings all of the vocals. The play of the same title will debut in Estes Park on Saturday, July 22.

Tickets go on sale at the Museum beginning June 30. The cost to attend is $15 for Museum Members and $18 for non-members in advance, or $20 the night of the production.

Saturday, August 5 from 9 - 11 a.m.

The Centennial 5K Walk/Run: Race to Save the Past

This race around beautiful Lake Estes starts and finishes at the Estes Park Visitor's Center located at 500 Big Thompson Avenue. The event will raise money for the future Collections & Research Facility at the Estes Park Museum seen from the course. Registration details. Sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. Print a registration form.

Thursday, August 31 from 3 - 4 p.m. 
People of the Peaks Series: Hayden's Surveys
Lecture takes place at the Museum
 
Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden viewed Colorado as the next best place for mining and resource development for the United States following the Civil War, and his well-known survey created during the 1870s was intended to hasten that process. Tom Huber, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies selected nineteen of the exact spots where many of Hayden’s men sketched pen and ink drawings of the landscape before them. These nineteen spots and the total of twenty-eight drawings on which Huber did “repeat” photography constitute the chapters of his book “The Hayden’s Surveys Revisited”.  Join Professor Huber for an illustrated description of the geology, geography, history, and changes that have occurred including Longs Peak and the Saint Vrain Valley near Lyons and the unique character of each site since they were recorded in the 1870s. This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. 
Thursday, September 28 from 3 - 4 p.m.
People of the Peaks Series: Joe Mills: At Home in the Mountains
Lecture takes place at the Museum

Joe Mills life was not as well-known as that of his older brother Enos until Estes Park Historian Laureate James Pickering wrote an extensive biography entitled “Joe Mills of Estes Park: A Colorado Life.” Pickering argued that Joe's life was dominated by three passions: athletics, civic life, and writing.  

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of Estes Park and in celebration, Patricia Washburn will present on the contributions which Joe made to the community.  He built the Crags Lodge, known by many as the "friendly house on the hill" and was an innkeeper for over 20 years until his untimely death in 1935.  In addition, Joe was active in Rotary Club and other activities to enhance the community.  He was so respected in town that on the afternoon of his funeral the business community shuttered their doors out of respect for him.   
Pat Yeager Washburn is the granddaughter of Joe Mills. Her mother was raised at the Crags and married a National Park Service Ranger who became a good friend of her father, Joe Mills.  Pat is the former chair of the Estes Park Museum Friends and Foundation Board, and co-author with Pat Pickering and Pat Greenberg of two history books for young people; one on Estes Park and one on Rocky Mountain National Park. She currently serves as part-time chaplain at Good Samaritan Village and has worked for the Rocky Mountain Conservancy in the summers for more than 20 years. This program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. 

Saturday, October 28 & Sunday, October 29

 

 

Creative Colorado TableSetting 2017
 
Event takes place at the YMCA of the Rockies in the Willome Building 
 
A Table Setting contest is a fun and creative expression of a place setting for two, for a meal. This year The Museum Friends will have three categories: 1) formal 2) informal and 3) freestyle. You can go classic, casual, contemporary, vintage, or let your imagination run free. 

Photographs of last year’s competition and guidelines for participants are available to view for inspiration and ideas.

For those who not sure if they would like to participate and would like more information, please attend the Table Setting 101 presentation on Friday, September 15 at the Estes Park Museum.

The cost to enter a table setting is $20 for individuals and $30 for those who wish to team up with friends or members of a club. Challenge your social or work groups for a competition within the competition. For those who wish to browse the creations there will be a $5 admission fee. All proceeds benefit the Estes Park Museum.

 
 
 
 
 
Contact the Museum:
200 Fourth St.
Estes Park, CO 80517
970-586-6256