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.

Downtown History Walking Tours
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Wednesday, July 27 from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Artistic Pathways of the Past 
Mark Jacobs - Fred Clatworthy Autochromes
Takes place at the Estes Park High School Auditorium

Professional photographer Fred Payne Clatworthy (1875-1953) was based in Estes Park. Clatworthy is famous for his work with the Lumiere Autochrome, the first commercially successful color photographic process. A presentation about Clatworthy’s work by collector Mark Jacobs will take place at the Estes Park High School Auditorium. This free program is made possible by a partnership between the Estes Valley Library and the Estes Park Museum. 

In 1898, Clatworthy took a cross-country trip by bicycle; he passed through Estes Park on his way to California, and returned to settle here and set-up a studio he named Ye Little Shoppe on Elkhorn Avenue. In addition to being a popular speaker on the illustrated travel lecture circuit, Clatworthy's Autochromes were published in National Geographic Magazine and his images range in subject matter from Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Mesa Verde, Taos Pueblo, California (particularly the Palm Springs area), and the West Coast of Mexico.

Clatworthy is now considered one of America's foremost practitioners of the Autochrome and for this program Mark Jacobs, the leading collector of Clatworthy Autochromes, will share highlights of his collection and describe what makes Clatworthy's work pivotal in the history of photography.
 
This program is the second of four in series through September called “Artistic Pathways of the Past: The Inspirational Journey of Artists in Estes Park.”

Co-sponsored by the Estes Valley Library

 
Sunday, July 31 from 3 - 4 p.m.
Remembrances on the Fortieth Anniversary of the Big Thompson Flood
 
One of the most devastating natural disasters to ever occur in Colorado, the 1976 Big Thompson flood was immediately documented in a variety of ways. That documentation, enabling time travel back to the event and its aftermath, survives in archival repositories, such as the Water Resources Archive at Colorado State University. Patty Rettig, head archivist for the Water Resources Archive, will talk about the flood and its legacy via archival documents, including photos, recordings, and reports. Free program, no reseravtions are required. 
 
Sunday, August 7 from 7 - 8 p.m. 
Breaking the Female Ascent Record on Longs Peak: A Presentation by Lisa Foster
 
Join accomplished mountaineer Lisa Foster as she gives a brief history of women on Longs Peak, including her own record-breaking ascents that established her as the first female to climb Longs Peak in every month of the year, and to become the woman with the greatest number of lifetime summits of this iconic 14, 259-foot mountain nearly 90 times by 17 different routes. 
 
Mountaineering is Foster's passion and her career; in 2004 she released the highly acclaimed hiking book, "Rocky Mountain National Park: The Complete Hiking Guide," a resource so popular and sought-after that it is challenging to keep in print to meet demand. She has hiked to every named destination in Rocky Mountain National Park—a feat no other person, past or present, has been able to claim. Foster is also an accomplished rock and ice climber and has climbed all over the world. She has successfully summited the highest peaks in both North and South America and continues to hike and climb on her home turf enjoying Rocky Mountain National Park with her family and friends. Cost is $2 for Musuem-mebers and youth under 18-years-old, $5 for non-members. Space is limited.
 
Wednesday, August 10 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
F.O. Stanley: A Life Well-Lived
Reenactment will take place at the Historic Fall River Hydroplant located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park
 
Performer Kurtis Kelly will step into the role of the legendary Mr. Stanley, whose famous Colorado hotel and hydroplant celebrated their centennial anniversary in 2009. Stanley reflected in 1928 that no visitor to Estes Park "has had a more varied experience than I have had. For twenty-six consecutive years I have been a summer visitor to Estes Park. This has given me an opportunity to watch its growth; to see the village grow from one having only two cottages to having several hundred cottages; to see the hotels increase from four to some 25; and the time required to go from Denver to Estes Park reduced from an all-day's journey to a comfortable ride in an automobile in two and one-half hours." 
 
In addition to his hotel business, Stanley, along with his twin brother, gained national fame as developers of an early and popular form of dry-plate photography, and later as developers of the Stanley Brothers steam-powered automobile, which held the land-speed record in 1906. Stanley was also a maker of fine violins and operated a violin-making firm with his nephew, Carleton Stanley. Kelly's performance will explore these many achievements of Stanley's long and varied life. This program will be identical to the ones offered on May 31, June 11, and July 6. The Hydroplant will be open for free guided tours from 1 - 4 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and children, $7 for non-members for the program.
 
Monday, August 29 from 2 - 2:45 p.m.
Discussion with an Artist: Donna Krizek
 
Artist Donna Krizek will be at the Estes Park Museum to talk about her paintings and drawings on loan in the "Drawn to Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch" exhibit in the National Park Service Headquarters building. Krizek studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and her work varies in subject matter, including animals, portraiture, landscapes and architecture. “MacGregor Ranch holds a special place in my heart. Having lived half my life across the street, it provided much opportunity to experience and gaze upon its beauty, and its ever-changing demands of the seasons, crops, and weather. As a visual artist, I visited the Ranch many times to learn, depict and record life as it is at MacGregor Ranch.” Krizek will share stories about her plein air artwork at MacGregor Ranch. Free program, no reservations necessary. The “Drawn to Black Canyon” exhibit will be on display through October 30, 2016
 
Wednesday, August 31 from 7 - 8 p.m.
Artistic Pathways of the Past: Dave Tanton Present on Lyman Byxbe
Takes place at the Museum
Co-sponsored by the Estes Valley Library
 
Saturday, September 10 from 1:30 - 2 p.m.
Guided tour of "Drawn to Back Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch
 
Join the Curator of Education Alicia Rochambeau for a guided tour of the temporary exhibit "Drawn to Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch." Free program, no reservations necessary.
 
Thursday, September 15 from 3 - 4 p.m.
Pioneers’ Wild Animal Encounters
 
The “ghosts” of Rocky Mountain National Park’s earliest pioneers witnessed a primeval world of nature’s wildest creatures: birds, beavers, elk, mountain sheep—even species now “ghosts” themselves like grizzlies and wolves. Hear these adventures—from raising orphaned grizzly bear cubs, to tracking the eerie howl of a Longs Peak coyote, to the quest for “wapiti”. Learn how elk, once overhunted to extripation, were reintroduced in a fleet of Stanley steam cars. History portrayalist Kurtis Kelly leads campfire storytelling for all ages. Cost is $4 for members and children, $6 for non-members.
 
Wednesday, September 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. 
Artistic Pathways of the Past: Linda Baitlin as Isabella Bird
Takes place at the Museum
Co-sponsored by the Estes Valley Library
 
Thursday, October 6 from 7 - 8 p.m.
Historian Laureate James Pickering Lecture on the History of MacGregor Ranch
 
Museum Members $3 and non-members $5. No reservations necessary. Limit 60 people.
 
Friday, October 21 through Sunday, Octobr 23 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
High Country Celebrations: Past and Present (a table-setting competition)

Creative Colorado Table Settings 2016 is a brand-new community event and Estes Park Museum fundraiser. This table-setting competition will be held at the YMCA of the Rockies October 21 through 23.
 
The competition is open to adults, children (8-18), families, social clubs, philanthropies, and professional /commercial entities including shops, inns, restaurants, and businesses. Creative Colorado Table Settings will showcase participants’ menus and their accompanying table displays and centerpieces appropriate for the Show’s theme: “High Country Celebrations: Past and Present.” Sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. More information here.