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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.
Tracks in Time: The History of the Estes Valley
Before Estes: Evidence of the Native American
Vintage Souvenirs of Rocky Mountain National Park
The Historic Fall River Hydroplant opens for season and kicks-off with children’s activities
Families can participate in a fun and educational scavenger hunt and a historical portrayal of Mr. Stanley by actor Kurtis Kelly. These activities are ideal for children ages 5 to 12-years-old. No registration is required. The tour and scavenger hunt will take place from 2 – 2:45 p.m. and Kelly’s acting, including a puppet show, will follow.
Visitors of all ages are encouraged to enrich their knowledge of local history this summer and visit the Historic Fall River Hydroplant. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Hydroplant was completed in 1909 by F. O. Stanley to provide electric power to the Stanley Hotel. It not only provided electric power to the hotel, but was the exclusive source of electricity for the Town of Estes Park until the 1940s. An entertaining film of Comedian Jay Leno shows how to start a Stanley Steamer automobile and historical photographs illustrate Mr. Stanley’s time and legacy in Estes Park. At the Hydroplant, visitors can also learn about the 1982 Lawn Lake Flood disaster which permanently ceased operations at the site. Paint on the walls delineate where mud and debris wrecked the facility and a clock is preserved to the exact time the flood crashed into the building.
Located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road, hours are 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. daily, except Mondays through Sunday, September 3, 2017. Knowledgeable docents share the details of the Hydroplant’s fascinating story; don’t miss your chance to experience this local treasure! General admission is free.
Cheley Camp Tour
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 homesteaded 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.
Phase I was complete when Mike’s second album “Cousin Estes” was released in October, 2015. He 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 1. The cost to attend is $15 for Museum Members and $18 for non-members in advance or $20 the night of the production.
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.