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.

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Thursday, March 16 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Nineteen Seventeen Book Club
"Joe Mills of Estes Park: A Colorado Life"
Event takes place the Museum
 
The next local history read is "Joe Mills of Estes Park: A Colorado Life" by Dr. James H. Pickering. Patricia Washburn, Joe Mills' granddaughter and Estes Park local, and Dr. Pickering will facilitate the discussion. This is going to be a great book club event and registration is required through the Estes Valley Library even if you plan to attend with your personal copy of the book. Register here
The book is available to loan from the Estes Valley Library and for sale at the Estes Park Museum and Macdonald Book Shop for $37.95.
 
 
Thursday, April 20 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. 
Nineteen Seventeen Book Club
"Mr. Stanley of Estes Park"
Meets at the Estes Valley Library in the Wasson Board Room
 
Nineteen Seventeen Book Club is a new book club for people who want to read about the local history and real outdoor adventures. In collaboration with the Estes Valley Library, the book club meets monthly. Please watch for the location meeting place as it will vary. The Library will sponsor loaned copies of the discussion book and are expected to be shared among book club members between each meeting. More information and registration
 
Thursday, April 26 from 7 - 8 p.m. 
English Conversation Café / Café de Conversación en Inglés
Meets at the Estes Valley Library
 
English language learners who wish to practice speaking skills with native English speakers will use historical photographs of Estes Park from the Museum collection to generate conversation and celebrate the Town Centennial. More information can be found here.
 
Friday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 
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Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Estes Park Mountain Festival
Event takes place at the Estes Park Events Complex located at 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park
 
Mark your calendars for the 2017 Estes Park Mountain Festival at the Estes Park Events Center! This will be the community bitrhday celebration. More details to follow very soon!
 
May, 2017
May is Museum Month!
 
"Never, nowhere, have I seen anything to equal the view into Estes Park." -Isabella Bird
Look up, look down, look all around town for quotes from Estes Park's real trailblazers!
 
Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 7 p.m.
Trivia Night throughout Museum Month at Rock Cut Brewing Company
Located in Piccadilly Square, 390 W Riverside Dr, Estes Park 
 
May is Museum Month! Test your knowledge on local landmarks and events at Tirvia Night, every Tuesday at Rock Cut Brewing Company. There will be some general knowledge trivia as well Estes Park-specific questions written by the staff at the Estes Park Museum. Players and teams of all knowledge bases are welcome! The games begin at 7 p.m. but you may want to come early for a local libation or grab dinner from Two Chicks Wings and Henhouse.
 
Thursday, May 11 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Searching the Estes Park Museum Collection Online
Class takes place at the Estes Valley Library
 
Have you ever wondered what artifacts, artwork, and archives are in the Estes Park Museum collection? The Museum hosts its catalog of nearly 30,000 records online at www.estes.org/museumcollection including images of the artifacts. 
 
Join Curator Alicia Rochambeau at the the Estes Valley Library computer lab for an interactive tutorial on how to navigate the site and conduct local history research from any computer, anytime, anywhere! Guests may work alone or as couples. This is a free program but registration is encouraged by calling Alicia at 970-577-3762. 
 
Thursday, May 18 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. 
Nineteen Seventeen Book Club
Meets at the Estes Park Museum 
 
Nineteen Seventeen Book Club is a new book club for people who want to read about the local history and real outdoor adventures. In collaboration with the Estes Valley Library, the book club meets monthly. Please watch for the location meeting place as it will vary. The Library will sponsor loaned copies of the discussion book and are expected to be shared among book club members between each meeting. More information and registration
 
Mondays and Tuesdays June - September
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, cash or check (payable to the Town of Estes Park). First come, first served; no reservations required. Space limited to about 12 people. 
 
Friday, June 23 from 4 - 6 p.m. 
We Three: The Story of Judge Allen, Susan M. Rebhan, and Mary E, Pierce - at Peace in Estes Park
Program takes place at the Estes Park Museum
 
Details TBA
 
Thursday, June 29
Time TBA
People of the Peaks Series Kick-off: Mount Chapin 
Lecture takes place at the Estes Park Museum
 
Who was Mount Chapin named for and why?  Answer: Frederick Hastings Chapin (1852-1900), a wholesale druggist from Connecticut, who made several trips to Estes Park in the 1880s where together with Eastern friends and local cattleman William Hallett he climbed mountains. The result was the book, containing his own stunning black and white photographs, titled "Mountaineering in Colorado: The Peaks About Estes Park," published in Boston by the Appalachian Mountain Club in 1889. Chapin also visited Mesa Verde, where he became one of the first to photograph the recently-discovered Cliff Palace. The lecture by Historian Laureate Dr. James Pickering will discuss his life and times, focusing on the visits to Estes Park, and illustrated with Chapin’s own photographs.
 
Tuesday, July 4 
Time TBA
 
Coolest Car Show in Colorado
Event takes place at the Estes Park Events Complex located at 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park
 
Thursday, August 31 from 3 - 4 p.m. 
People of the Peaks Series: Hayden's Surveys
Lecture takes place at the Estes Park 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. 
 
Saturday, October 28 & Sunday, October 29
Times TBA
Creative Colorado TableSetting 2017
Event takes place at the YMCA of the Rockies in the Willome Building