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, October 5
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Meet Me @ The Museum - the artist Dave Stirling
Active in Estes Park from 1916 until 1971, many people like to share stories about local artist Dave Stirling (1888 – 1971). Stirling was not only known for his paintings, of which he claimed to have created more than 30,000 during the span of his career, but he was also a colorful character. Join Estes Park Museum Director Derek Fortini as he presents artifacts, recordings, photographs and original art from the Museum collection. Fortini will explain some biographical information on the local legend and share tall tales as well. For those in the audience who knew Dave Stirling, be prepared to swap your own tales too! Free program; no reservations are necessary to attend.
Thursday, October 15 showings at 1 and 3 p.m.
Museum Members Only - Movie Matinee
The Estes Park Museum recently digitized 37 of its film reels ranging from the teens through the 1950s. At this special event, Museum Members are invited to watch portions of these films selected by staff to view in a round-robin style.  As an added treat for this event, the newest art acquisition, a painting by Alfred Wands, will be on exhibition. Not a member? There’s time to join! Beginning at $30 a year, members enjoy special events like this movie matinee, sneak previews, and advanced registration for historical tours. Stop by the Estes Park Museum at 200 Fourth Street or access for more information about becoming a member.
The movie matinee will be at 1 p.m. and repeat at 3 p.m. Each session lasts about an hour and a half and includes refreshments and popcorn. There is no charge to attend, but Museum membership is a must. Three theaters will be set-up and participants will rotate to view films at each station. Films will be about 15 minutes long and will allow time for questions and comments before moving to the next. No reservations are required to attend. This event will require the use of the entire museum, and for this reason, the gallery will be closed to the public from 12 to 5 p.m.  It will resume regular hours on October 16. Please call the Museum at 970-586-6256 for questions about this exciting event.
Saturday, October 31
1 - 2:30 p.m.

Cemeteries and Remote Burials in the Estes Park Area

Authors Duane and Susan Kniebes will describe their experiences searching for and documenting 39 cemeteries and remote burials in the Estes Park area.  During their 14-year search, the Kniebes tried to determine the history of those buried at each site and of their families as well as the history of the property on which the grave was found. The resulting publication is a 3-book set, "Cemeteries and Remote Burials in Larimer County, Colorado" Volume III of the set, "Estes Park Area and Rocky Mountain National Park, Including Park Property in Grand County" is available for $23.95 in the Museum Shop.

November 5, 12 and 19 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Conservation Workshops
Do you have family keepsakes or timeworn things that are important to you? Would you like to ensure that they are preserved for your family to enjoy years from now? Let the Estes Park Museum assist you in this important endeavor. Learn practical ways to care for your keepsakes. In a three-part series, Curator of Collections Naomi Gerakios and Curator of Education Alicia Mittelman from the Estes Park Museum will offer hands-on workshops. These workshops will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on three Thursday afternoons, November 5, 12 and 19. Just in time to share your work and knowledge with loved-ones at Thanksgiving!

November 5 – Textiles:  Baby clothes, blankets, wedding dresses, stuffed animals and uniforms are only a few of the tangible items we save to remind us of the past. In this workshop, Gerakios will offer advice and demonstrate simple, but effective ways to care for these precious treasures. Through a variety of simple, cost effective steps, participants will learn how to safely store these types of family heirlooms. In addition, she will cover how you can take steps to safely clean old textiles of old dirt, dust, and small pests.
November 12 – Photographs: Mittelman will lead a guided discussion on the importance of eliminating excess photographs and explain methods for organizing physical photos, including resources for organizing digital images. Mittelman will explain what adds historical significance to images and how to help family members and future researchers value your images by identifying people, events and places now. Gerakios will elaborate on best practices for handling and storing photographs and negative film as well as provide suggestions on where to purchase supplies.
November 19 – Paper: Did you know that many family bibles, paper documents, and newspaper clippings are printed on acidic paper? Written letters, journals and postcards can hold a lot of meaning, however over time the effects of light, acid, or poor storage conditions can cause these materials to quickly break down and become brittle. In this workshop, Gerakios will cover the best ways to slow down deterioration of these fragile archives. Learn how the museum takes simple steps to organize, protect, and preserve valuable documents. 
Participants are strongly encouraged to bring an appropriate item to each workshop, where they will have access to supplies and can ask questions. Registration is limited to 25 participants. Cost is $12 for Museum members and $15 for non-members for each session or $35 for all three.  Please register by calling Alicia Mittelman at the Museum at 970-577-3762 or email her at to sign-up. Payment is due upon receinving your registration confirmation.
Thursday, December 3 at 7 p.m.
The Rocky Mountain National Read - Book signing with Dr. James Pickering
Late Western writer Wallace Stegner once wrote that "No place is a place until things that have happened in it are remembered." The year 2015, marks the 100th birthday of Rocky Mountain National Park, one of America's most loved places. Dr. James Pickering’s new book, The Rocky Mountain National Park Reader, the first volume in the University of Utah’s new series of reader’s about the nation’s national parks, looks back upon many of the important people and events of RMNP’s first century as well as ahead at several of the pressing issues with which the Park’s current and future stewards must contend. At this special program, Pickering will discuss how he organized and structured the book and share its highlights. A book will be available for signing.  The book is available for sale in the Museum Shop for $17.95.
Sunday, December 6 at 3 p.m.
Chronology: An Estes Park History Game
In Chronology each player builds their own timeline of cards. On your turn, someone will read to you an historical event from a card and you decide where that event falls in your timeline. If you are right, you keep the card, and your timeline grows. First player to 10 wins. Game Night is open to ages 12 and up. The Museum will provide the game free of charge. Participants are encouraged to bring their own snacks and non-alcholic beverages.

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