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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.
The afternoon's speaker is Richard Dana, who has done extensive research on Judge Allen and has many interesting anecdotes and photographs to share. This program is free and open to the public, and summer residents are especially invited. Light refreshments will be served.
Museum Members Only: Historic H-Bar-G Ranch Tour
Meet at the corner of Dry Gulch and H Bar G Road
Estes Park Museum Members can visit the historic H-Bar-G Ranch. Located on the north end of the Estes Valley on H Bar G Road, the ranch dates back to 1896. The property was operated as a hotel, a dude ranch, a girl’s summer camp, a youth hostel, and even a Peace Corps training camp. The lodge and some of the surrounding cabins will be open for Museum Members to tour, for one day only.
The Livingston sisters will graciously share some of their family’s long history at H-Bar-G Ranch. Museum Members can reserve spaces on tours hosted at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., or 2 p.m. Tickets cost $35 each and reservations for the tour can be made over the telephone while spaces last. Individual-level Members may bring a guest for $45. To register for the tour, please call Curator of Education Alicia Rochambeau at 970-577-3762. Cash and check are the accepted forms of payment collected at the start of the tour. Registration is required.
Not a Museum Member yet? You can join today and enjoy this benefit right away. Join the membership program by signing up at the Museum or call the telephone number listed above. Tour participants are encouraged to carpool to the corner of Dry Gulch and H Bar G Road where all guests will then ride in a shuttle provided by the Museum to the ranch.
This event will take place rain or shine. Please note this is a private property that is not wheelchair accessible and the tour requires walking on uneven terrain with very few places to sit. Participants must be prepared to stand or walk for up to an hour and a half. Good footwear, a hat, a jacket, and water bottle are recommended. Smoking is prohibited on the tour and at H -Bar-G Ranch. The tour is made possible thanks to the generosity of Anne Livingston.
Cheley Camp Tour
Meet at Cheley Camp for coffee and cookies at 9 a.m. The tour runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Cost is $10 collected on site. RSVP is required, email Estes Park Museum Friends Administrative Assistant Elaine Hunt-Downey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cousin Estes: A Musical Docudrama
Takes place at the Estes Park High School Auditorium
Cousin Estes is a musical docudrama that explores the roots and historic contribution of the Estes family from Italy and Scotland through 1875, and then beyond the grave by the ghost of Joel Estes. Each song in the play is supported by a video of the event that stands out in the American historic record.
Joel Estes will introduce you to the Estes family members as they play their parts in the building of the nation in this American experience. Joel will introduce you to the Marquis Niccolo III d’este in Italy, Thomas Dixon in Scotland, Abraham Estes, the first Estes to come to America, Joel’s Grandfather and namesake Joel, who fought in the revolutionary war, Peter Estes, who followed Daniel Boone over “The Wilderness Trail,” and Joel’s interesting life with his family as they discover gold in the California Gold Rush of 1849, and also discovered and settled in Estes Park, Colorado.
Michael Estes Dixon is currently performing in the rock group “Trip Wire.” In addition to performing in rock and bluegrass bands, he has also pursued a solo career. Dixon has taken roles in community theater for productions such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and he wrote and performed the music for the production of “The Astral Plane.” He is a versatile musician that plays Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Lap Steel, Keyboards, Harmonica, Flute, Saxophone, Drums and other percussion instruments.
For 20 years, Mike Estes Dixon researched his Estes family history. Every time he found an interesting character, he wrote a song. This inspired Mike to execute a three-phase plan: create a new album about Estes Family members, make videos of all of the songs, and ultimately write a play to present the Estes family history.
The album “Cousin Estes” was released in October, 2015. Dixon plays all of the instruments and sings all of the vocals. The play of the same title will debut in Estes Park on Saturday, July 22.
Tickets go on sale at the Museum beginning June 30. The cost to attend is $15 for Museum Members and $18 for non-members in advance, or $20 the night of the production.
The Centennial 5K Walk/Run: Race to Save the Past
This race around beautiful Lake Estes starts and finishes at the Estes Park Visitor's Center located at 500 Big Thompson Avenue. The event will raise money for the future Collections & Research Facility at the Estes Park Museum seen from the course. Registration details. Sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. Print a registration form.
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.