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.

 
Monday, Tuesday and Friday (through August 28, 2015)
8:15 - 10 a.m.
Downtown History Walking Tours
Meet near the Enos Mills sculpture in the northeast corner of Bond Park
 
Participants will visit the sites of early hotels, schools and amusements along Elkhorn Avenue for a total distance of 0.7 miles. Cost of tours is $8 cash or check (payable to Town of Estes Park). No reservations required; first-come, first-served. Tours take place on Monday, Tuesday and Friday through August 28, 2015.
 
Saturday, July 4
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

The Coolest Car Show in Colorado!
Estes Park Event Center, located at 1125 Rooftop Way 
 
The Estes Park Museum Friends annually sponsor a Car Show in Estes Park as a major fundraiser to support the Museum collections, preservation, and projects. This year the theme is "Celebrating a Century of Classic Cars," as a gesture to Rocky Mountain National Park's centennial anniversary.  
 
Showcased will be a variety of automobiles, from vintage models to contemporary cars, in a setting that provide activities for the entire family. There will be a children's "corner" full of car-themed activities including both crafts and scavenger hunts. 
 
Adults will enjoy a silent auction, media programs on cars in Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park as well as classic cars of the twentieth century, a Museum Shop, and live music. Estes Park's own Kurtis Kelley will be appearing as F. O. Stanley, describing Alma Hix's 1912 Stanley Steam Car and highlights of Stanley's days in our town. Also, the Estes Park Photo Booth will be on hand to take keepsake photos. Visit with Myrl Sumner and find out what it takes to rehab a classic car. Mayor Pinkham and Town Administrator Frank Lancaster will award trophies at 3 p.m. 

Admittance to the show is $5 for adults, $2 for children over age six, and $10.00 for a family of four, with $2 for each additional child. Inside, the activities and programs are free, although donations are always welcome. Come with friends and neighbors and support the Friends in this important fundraiser!
 
Monday, July 6
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

 

Meet Me @ The Museum
 
Curator of Collections Naomi Gerakios Mucci will talk about "Colorado's Most Significant Artifact" program. See artifacts from the Estes Park Museum that will potentially be nominated for the state-wide competition and vote for your local   favorite. No reservations necessary; free program.  
 
Saturday, July 11
3 - 4:30 p.m.
Trail Ridge Road: Highway to the Sky
In celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th anniversary
 
Constructed from 1929 to 1932 and opened to tourists and drivers the following year, Trail Ridge Road earned immediate inclusion among the scenic wonders of the world. The new path through the park followed an ancient trail across Tombstone Ridge and offered visitors breathtaking views and a privileged glimpse at unique ecosystems. Today, Trail Ridge Road endures as a truly otherworldly place. It is the country's highest continuous paved road, peaking at over twelve thousand feet and running forty-eight miles. Join author Amy Law on a tour across the Continental Divide and through the history of Colorado's most famous byway.
 
Also, what was it like for the workers who built Trail Ridge Road?  The program will include a presentation by Allan Northcutt whose father, Curtis, was employed by the Lawler construction company on the western half of the project. His father's stories and photographs detail how the road crews felt lucky to have a job on such an historic project during the Great Depression. Program is free, no reservations are required to attend.
 
Sunday, July 19
12:45 - 6 p.m.

Rocky Ridge Music Center History Tour & Concert

Rocky Ridge Music Center was founded in 1942 and is one of the oldest summer music camps in the country. Located at the foot of Longs Peak, the music center is the site of the historic Hewes-Kirkwood Inn encompassing 17 acres that provide a stunning backdrop for performances and reflection. Charles Hewes, son of Mary Kirkwood, embraced the ethic of building in harmony with nature; he used local stone and fire-killed timber to construct a lodge, dining hall and guest cabins beginning in 1907.  

In 1951, the Hewes-Kirkwood Inn became the home of the Rocky Ridge Music Center, founded by pianist Beth Miller Harrod and it operates today as one of the nation's premier music camps. The entire historic complex has been maintained and rehabilitated over the years since it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Registered participants will meet at the Estes Park Museum at 12:45 to hop aboard a bus departing by 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 19 or Sunday, September 6 to take a personal tour of the campus with Madison Casey, former student, trustee and president of Rocky Ridge Music Center. After the tour, enjoy light refreshments and then a faculty concert at 3 p.m.  

Cost is $36 for Museum members or $42 for non-members which cover transportation, a guided tour, refreshments, and concert admission. Space is limited to 12 participants. Registration opens on July 10 for the July 19 tour and August 12 for the September 6 tour. Registration is necessary to participate. Call 970-577-3762 to sign-up!

Sunday, August 2
8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Ken Jessen’s Rocky Mountain National Park Historic Tour

Repeated on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

 

Join Kenneth Jessen, lecturer, tour guide, and author of more than 20 books on Colorado history for a tour of historic sites within Rocky Mountain National Park. Hop aboard a bus at the Estes Park Museum and begin the tour at the site of the Fall River Lodge continuing with a stop at the Convict Cabins along the Fall River Road. Above Horseshoe Park, there will be a stop for a hike down to the Ashton homestead site in Little Horseshoe Park, and then the tour continues past Deer Ridge Junction to a stop at the Hupp homestead and graves. At the end of the Upper Beaver Meadows Road, a stop will be made with a hike to the Hondius ranch house site and diversion structure. The tour ends in Moraine Park with a walk over to the site of the complex of buildings that were Sprague’s Resort.

The tour requires several short hikes for a total distance of about a mile. Cost is $20 for Museum Members or $26 for non-members which cover transportation, National Park admission, and a guided tour. Participants must have adequate footwear and bring their own water and sack lunch. Participation is limited to 12 people per tour. Registration opens July 10 and is required to participate. Register by contacting Alicia Mittelman at 970-577-3762 or amittelman@estes.org. Payment will be collected the day of the tour.

Tuesday, August 11
8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Ken Jessen’s Rocky Mountain National Park Historic Tour
Identical tour as Sunday, August 2, 2015
 
Join Kenneth Jessen, lecturer, tour guide, and author of more than 20 books on Colorado history for a tour of historic sites within Rocky Mountain National Park. Hop aboard a bus at the Estes Park Museum and begin the tour at the site of the Fall River Lodge continuing with a stop at the Convict Cabins along the Fall River Road. Above Horseshoe Park, there will be a stop for a hike down to the Ashton homestead site in Little Horseshoe Park, and then the tour continues past Deer Ridge Junction to a stop at the Hupp homestead and graves. At the end of the Upper Beaver Meadows Road, a stop will be made with a hike to the Hondius ranch house site and diversion structure. The tour ends in Moraine Park with a walk over to the site of the complex of buildings that were Sprague’s Resort.
 
The tour requires several short hikes for a total distance of about a mile. Cost is $20 for Museum Members or $26 for non-members which cover transportation, National Park admission, and a guided tour. Participants must have adequate footwear and bring their own water and sack lunch. Participation is limited to 12 people per tour. Registration opens July 10 and is required to participate. Register by contacting Alicia Mittelman at 970-577-3762 or amittelman@estes.org. Payment will be collected the day of the tour.
 
Sunday, September 6
12:45 - 6 p.m.
Rocky Ridge Music Center History Tour & Concert

Rocky Ridge Music Center was founded in 1942 and is one of the oldest summer music camps in the country. Located at the foot of Longs Peak, the music center is the site of the historic Hewes-Kirkwood Inn encompassing 17 acres that provide a stunning backdrop for performances and reflection. Charles Hewes, son of Mary Kirkwood, embraced the ethic of building in harmony with nature; he used local stone and fire-killed timber to construct a lodge, dining hall and guest cabins beginning in 1907.  

In 1951, the Hewes-Kirkwood Inn became the home of the Rocky Ridge Music Center, founded by pianist Beth Miller Harrod and it operates today as one of the nation's premier music camps. The entire historic complex has been maintained and rehabilitated over the years since it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

Registered participants will meet at the Estes Park Museum at 12:45 to hop aboard a bus departing by 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 19 or Sunday, September 6 to take a personal tour of the campus with Madison Casey, former student, trustee and president of Rocky Ridge Music Center. After the tour, enjoy light refreshments and then a faculty concert at 3 p.m.  

Cost is $36 for Museum members or $42 for non-members which cover transportation, a guided tour, refreshments, and concert admission. Space is limited to 12 participants. Registration opens on August 12 for the September 6 tour. Registration is necessary to participate. Call 970-577-3762 to sign-up!

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