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.

 

 
Tuesday, May 31 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Opening day at the Historic Fall River Hydroplant!
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 one offered on June 11, July 6, and August 10 at the same time and place. The Hydroplant will be open for free guided tours from 1 - 4 p.m. 
 
 Thanks to the generous support of the Estes Park Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. this program is free to the public.
 

Monday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m.

Meet Me @ The Museum: Collection Available to Search Online
 
Have you ever wondered what artifacts, artwork, and archives are in the Estes Park Museum collection? If the answer is yes, then great news! The Estes Park Museum recently received a grant from the Statewide Internet Portal Authority to purchase software and online web hosting to place its catalog of nearly 30,000 records online. Join Curator of Collections Naomi Gerakios Mucci when she unveils the new website and navigates participants through the catalogue. Guests are invited to bring their own laptop or tablet so they can also search alongside the presentation.
 
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.
 
Tuesday, June 9 from 2 - 3 p.m.
MacGregor Ranch History & Antique Tools
 
Interactive program with Denny Gribble on MacGregor Ranch history and antique tools in the "Drawn to Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch" exhibit in the National Park Service Headquarters Building. Free no reservations required. Drop-in style program.
 
Saturday, June 11 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 one offered on July 6 and August 10 at the same time and place. 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.
 
Monday, June 13 through September 16 from 8:15 - 10 a.m.
 
Downtown History Walking Tours
 
Discover the hidden past on a guided walking tour of downtown with docents from the Estes Park Museum. During the tour, participants will explore historical photographs from the Museum's collection to aid in comparing the past to the present.  
 
Identical tours will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from June 13 through September 16, 2016.  At 8:15 a.m. meet at the Enos Mills sculpture in Bond Park (corner of MacGregor Avenue and Park Lane), tour begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and returns to the same site by 10 a.m. Cost is $8, payable by cash or check on the day of the tour. First come, first served. Space limited to about 12 people. There will not be a tour on Monday, July 4, 2016.
 
Thursday, June 16 at 3 p.m.
The Innkeepers: A Medley of Local Legends 
Museum Members Only
 
Traveling back in time, Kutis Kelly will summon the voice of homesteader Abner Sprauge. This pinoneer entered the lodging business somewhat accidentally when his Moraine Park ranch was in the path of visitors hoping to secure a place to stay, a meal, and Sprague’s guided expertise to the Continental Divide. Around that same time near Fish Creek, the Earl of Dunraven opened his Estes Park Hotel, popularly called the English Hotel, the valley’s most luxurious accommodations in the 1870s, complete with indoor flush toilets. Enos Mills acquired the Longs Peak House in 1902, and the inn’s reputation would flourish alongside Mills’ increasing fame as a naturalist, writer, and mountaineer. His neighbor and occasional adversary Charles Edwin Hewes labored to keep his Hewes-Kirkwood Inn solvent while vigilantly pursuing his passion as a poet. F.O. Stanley’s famous hotel opens in 1909, simultaneously bringing electricity and other advances to the surrounding village. And Joe Mills opens his Crags Hotel—the “House on the Hill”—on July 4, 1914, and it becomes an immediate success. Free program for Museum Members only. No reservations required. An identical program will be offered for members on June 18, also at 3 p.m. at the Musuem. 
 
Sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc.
 
Saturday, June 18 at 3 p.m.
The Innkeepers: A Medley of Local Legends 
Museum Members Only
 
Traveling back in time, Kutis Kelly will summon the voice of homesteader Abner Sprauge. This pinoneer entered the lodging business somewhat accidentally when his Moraine Park ranch was in the path of visitors hoping to secure a place to stay, a meal, and Sprague’s guided expertise to the Continental Divide. Around that same time near Fish Creek, the Earl of Dunraven opened his Estes Park Hotel, popularly called the English Hotel, the valley’s most luxurious accommodations in the 1870s, complete with indoor flush toilets. Enos Mills acquired the Longs Peak House in 1902, and the inn’s reputation would flourish alongside Mills’ increasing fame as a naturalist, writer, and mountaineer. His neighbor and occasional adversary Charles Edwin Hewes labored to keep his Hewes-Kirkwood Inn solvent while vigilantly pursuing his passion as a poet. F.O. Stanley’s famous hotel opens in 1909, simultaneously bringing electricity and other advances to the surrounding village. And Joe Mills opens his Crags Hotel—the “House on the Hill”—on July 4, 1914, and it becomes an immediate success. Free program for Museum Members only. No reservations required. This program is identical from the one offered for members on June 16.
 
Sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc.
 
Tuesday, June 23 from 2 - 3 p.m.
MacGregor Ranch History & Antique Tools
 
Interactive program with Denny Gribble on MacGregor Ranch history and antique tools in the "Drawn to Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch" exhibit in the National Park Service Headquarters Building. Free no reservations required. Drop-in style program.
 
Tuesday, June 28 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Whole Child Camp
 
The Estes Park Museum will partner with the Estes Valley Library to host a morning of activities for children about Estes Park history. Details about the Whole Child Camp can be found at www.estesvalleylibrary.org.
 
Monday, July 4
Coolest Car Show in Colorado
Estes Park Event Center located at 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park
 
The 18th Annual Coolest Car Show: “Classic Cars in the Rockies” will be held at the Estes Park Event Center. Estes Park Trolleys will provide free rides to-and-from downtown. Many of the ‘best ‘ of last year’s show will be back • Cars will be displayed inside and outside • An additional car class for imports • Public balloting for awards and trophies • Dash plaques and goody bags • Car-themed Silent Auction • Museum Shop • Folk musicians: Mountain Music Makers • Live Rock n Roll band: Ugly Rumor  • Coolest Car Kids Activity Corner • Estes Park Photo Booth • On-site Concessions • Door prizes • Free caricaturist on-site • Kurtis Kelly as Enos Mills.
 
Wednesday, July 6 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 one offered on May 31, June 11 and August 10 at the same time and place. 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.
 
Monday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Meet Me @ The Museum: Sanborn Souvenir Photographs
(MM@M's typically take place on the first Monday of the month, but due to the July 4th holiday this month's program was moved to July 11, 2016)

Join Estes Park Museum Director Derek Fortini as he presents a group of photographs taken by Harold Sanborn in 1915. The 15 miniature photographs, originally a souvenir item housed in a matchbox size container that could be sent in the mail, consisted of images of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The photographs highlighted scenery and lodges popular for the time. Fortini will talk about Sanborn, the quality of his photographs, and what can be learned from a souvenir item that would have cost pennies one hundred years ago.

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.
 
Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m.
Discussion with an Artist: Donna Krizek
 
Discussion about plain air painting with Donna Krizek whose work is featured in the “Drawn to Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch” exhibit. Free program, no reservations necessary.
 
Monday, July 18 at 3 p.m. 
Presentation by Rita Schageman
 
Rita Schageman, long-time interpretive volunteer at MacGregor Ranch will discuss the history of the working ranch that dates back to 1873. Free program,no reservations necessary.
 
Tuesday, July 19 at 3 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Tales of Survival
 
Hear thrilling tales of adventure from pioneers facing perilous encounters and daring escapes. Abner Sprague recounts the 1896 camping trip that left his party lost in a blizzard above timberline. The Earl of Dunraven comes face-to-face with a mountain lion. Joe Mills describes a midnight rescue on wind-whipped Longs Peak. A snow-blinded Enos Mills makes a dangerous descent from the Continental Divide. Storyteller Kurtis Kelly dramatizes these and other amazing stories. This program is suitable for all ages. Cost is $4 for members and children, $6 for non-members.
 
Sunday, July 31 at 3 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.
 
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.
 
Monday, August 29 at 2 p.m.
Discussion with an Artist: Donna Krizek
 
Discussion about plain air painting with Donna Krizek whose work is featured in the “Drawn to Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch” exhibit. Free program, no reservations necessary.
 
Saturday, September 10 at 1:30 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 new, temporary exhibit "Drawn Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch." Free program, no reservations necessary.
 
Thursday, September 15 at 3 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 extermination, 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.
 
Thursday, October 6 at 7 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.” Sponosred by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc.