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 Interpretation, Mikaela Fundaun at or 970-577-3762. 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 Interpretation. 
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1917 Book Club

April 17, 2019

10 - 11:30 a.m.

Hondius Room, 

Estes Valley Library


On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the 1917 Book Club, hosted by the Estes Park Museum, will explore local title, Memoirs of Eleanor E. Hondius of Elkhorn Lodge. Due to construction work at the Museum, the program will be held in the Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Library from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Light snacks will be provided. This program is free and open to the public. It is strongly encouraged that participants read each book prior to the program to take part in the discussion.  

Born in 1880, in Longmont, Colorado, Eleanor James Hondius grew up at The Elkhorn Lodge in Estes Park. This account of life at the Elkhorn and in Estes Park explores the Lodge’s start as a cattle ranch to the thriving enterprise it later became. Eleanor’s account describes interesting guests, family dynamics, and the social aspects of the Lodge that often served as the social scene to early Estes Park. This revised edition, with a new introduction by James H. Pickering and an annotated index, makes the delightful story of early times in the Estes Valley available to a new generation of residents and visitors. The revised edition also features additional photographs not included in the previous publication.

Special guest, Nancy P. Thomas, editor of the new edition, was born in New York City and grew up in its suburbs. Brought to the Rocky Mountains on family vacations beginning in 1946, she, like so many other residents of the Estes Valley, fell in love with the area at first sight and long dreamed of making it her "forever" home.

Since her retirement as Professor in the School of Library & Information Management, Emporia (KS) State University, Nancy has been a member of the Board of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc., serving as its President from 2015-2017. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Museum Friends Press for the past twelve years. A number of post-retirement publications, include:  A Slice of History & a Piece of Pie, a social history of Estes Park's first families, If I Ever Grew Up and Became a Man: William Allen White's Moraine Park and her most recent work, Memoirs of Eleanor E. Hondius of Elkhorn Lodge.

For any questions regarding the event, please call or email Curator of Interpretation Mikaela Fundaun at 970-577-3762 or



Museum Gallery Closure

Oct. 2, 2018 - May. 30, 2019

Estes Park Museum



The Estes Park Museum will temporarily close its gallery beginning Tuesday, October 2, 2018, through May 30, 2019 to accomodate an interior remodel project. The Museum will run limited programming during this time. Please check back for upcoming programs. 

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200 Fourth St.
Estes Park, CO 80517