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.
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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. 
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