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, May 18
7 - 8 p.m.
Pioneers of the Peaks: "The "Art" of Mountaineering" by James Disney
Program will take place at Park Village Playhouse at National Park Village, located at 900 Moraine Avenue
 

Disney will be the featured speaker in the fifth program of the six-part “Pioneers of the Peaks” monthly series hosted by the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library. “Pioneers of the Peaks” celebrates the stories of the area’s past and current mountaineers during Rocky Mountain National Park’s anniversary year. 

A native Coloradoan and avid mountaineer, Disney also has the perspective of how landscapes inform and inspire the artist, and in turn, those who view the creativity of artists. Disney has twice served as the Artist in Residence in Rocky Mountain National Park, and he has additionally served as the Open Lands visual Artist for Larimer County. He has been a professional artist since 1963, and his works have appeared in numerous galleries, museums, and special exhibitions around the United States.

Disney will be the featured speaker in the fifth program of the six-part “Pioneers of the Peaks” monthly series hosted by the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library. “Pioneers of the Peaks” celebrates the stories of the area’s past and current mountaineers during Rocky Mountain National Park’s anniversary year. Free program no reservations are required to attend.

 
Thursday, May 21
3 - 5:30 p.m.
Members Only Appreciation Event - A Stroll Down Memory Lane
 
3 p.m. - Social time with refreshments
4 p.m. - Welcome by Museum Friends President Patricia Washburn
4:15 - "Strolling down Elkhorn Avenue" presented by Curator of Education Alicia Mittelman
4:35 - Pioneer Award
 
Friday, May 22 & Saturday, May 23
7:30 - 9 p.m.
or Sunday, May 24 from 3 - 5:30 p.m.
 
Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time
 
The Impossible Paradise
 
An original play, written and directed by Barb Boyer Buck celebrates Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th anniversary and tells the story of Estes Park's earliest pioneers and their unique influences on how the area was settled. "The Impossible Paradise" is also the story of a love doomed from the start, but powerful enough to last beyond death. There is romance, intrigue, and even a murder! Some of the colorful characters in this original work are Rocky Mountain Jim, the drunkard with a poet's heart and a brilliant mind; Isabella Bird, the world-traveler whose letters home to her sister were published all over the world; Griff Evans, the pioneer who somehow survived in the wilderness of early Estes Park year-round with a wife and six children. There are cameo appearances by Joel Estes, and homesteaders Alexander MacGregor and Abner Sprague; and, Lord Dunraven, the Irish Earl who wanted the entire Estes Park area for himself.

$13 - Adult or non-member
$11 - Student or member
Free for children under 5 years old

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Monday, June 1
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

 

Meet Me @ The Museum
 
At the June “Meet Me @ The Museum” program, Curator of Education Alicia Mittelman will lead the audience through the Downtown Walking Tour from the comfort of the Meeting Room.  She will integrate current and past photographs of the buildings addressed in the Downtown History Walking Tours offered through the summer (see details below). Free program, no reservations are necessary.
 
Meet Me @ The Museum encourages all of us to be curious about the history of sites, events, and those who came before us in Estes Park.  Museum staff will aim to include the community in their local history findings and current projects once a month.  Discussions will be on-site at the Museum or participants may assemble at the Museum and then embark by foot, bike or caravan to other location(s) in the Estes valley.  Get involved with the Museum staff’s topic of choice by participating in Meet Me @ the Museum events on the first Monday of every month.
 
Wednesday, June 10
2 - 3 p.m.
Learning About the Colorado-Big Thompson Project
 
The Colorado-Big Thompson (C-BT) project was one of the most ambitious water diversion projects ever undertaken by the federal government, and it occurred in Estes Park between 1938 and 1959. Government workers lived and worked in Estes Park on this massive project, which carries water from the Colorado River, on the western slope, under Rocky Mountain National Park to the Big Thompson River, where it then waters the homes and fields of various towns on the eastern slope.
 
Kick-off the C-BT Series at the Museum with Greg Silkensen, of the Northern Colorado Water Conservation District. Silkensen will give an overview of water development and irrigation history in Northern Colorado, including some of the conditions that led to the construction of the C-BT.  This is a free program, no reservations are required.
 
Saturday, June 13
3 - 4 p.m.
Mission 66: 20th Century Legacy and Heritage in Our National Parks
 
Between the years 1931 and 1949, national park visits increased from 3.5 million to 30 million, but the federal government had not been able to do much to maintain park sites and facilities. The Park Service needed a plan, and the funding, to grow the park system. Mission 66 sought to elevate the parks to a modern standard of comfort and efficiency and to conserve natural resources by 1966, the year the National Park Service turned fifty. Learn why this legacy important and what we can do to help preserve it.
 
Kristi Roberts is the Historic Preservation Outreach and Technology Specialist at the History Colorado State Historical Fund, where she helps grant applicants navigate the application process and foster an appreciation for historic sites across Colorado. She previously worked for the Forest Service at the Tallac Historic Site in Lake Tahoe and has a background in Public History and Environmental History. This is a free program, no reservations are required.
 
Monday, June 22 through Friday, August 28 8:15 - 10 a.m.
Downtown History Walking Tours
 
Lead by the Museum's Downtown Docent Corps on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:15 to 10 a.m. Explore the history along Elkhorn Avenue with a guide and historic photographs to aid in viewing buildings, several of which are a century old.  Tours meet at the northeast corner of Bond Park, in downtown Estes Park, next to the Enos Mills sculpture.  Comfortable walking shoes are encouraged.  No reservations are necessary, cost is $8 per person.
 
Monday, June 29
7 - 8 p.m.
Pioneers of the Peaks: "A Tribute to Search and Rescue" by Nathan Dick
Program will take place at Park Village Playhouse at National Park Village, located at 900 Moraine Avenue
 
Nate Dick owes his life to the individuals who came to his rescue on July 14, 1996. Nate is most grateful to the Search and Rescue team of Rocky Mountain National Park as well as several individuals who aided with his rescue. He is happy to share his Tribute to Search and Rescue and recognize the heroes who are responsible for his being alive today.
Nate Dick has lived in Colorado since 1969. He moved to Estes Park with his wife, Karen, in 1983. He climbed his first 14,000 foot peak (Long’s Peak) in August, 1974. He has climbed Long’s Peak a total of 23 times (most recently in August of 2009). He has climbed the 54 peaks in Colorado in excess of 14,000 feet and was the 55th person to report having climbed the 100 highest peaks in Colorado to the Colorado Mountain Club.
 
However, his most interesting story is not about mountain climbing, but mountain descending. In July of 1996 while descending Mount Meeker in Rocky Mountain National Park via Lamb’s Slide (a permanent snowfield) he severed his subclavian artery. Almost 6 hours after the accident he was airlifted to St Anthony’s Hospital in Denver via Flight for Life. Five hours of surgery to repair the severed artery was followed by 10 days of hospitalization—5 of which were in intensive care.
 
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 the 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, 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.
 

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