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.

 
Wednesday, March 11
3 - 4 p.m.
Women's History Celebrated in Rare Antiques
 
Come for an interesting hour honoring Women's History Month when the Estes Park Museum will host a program by local antique expert Bob Fixter. You will have the opportunity to see and touch rare pieces, such as hand written letters by Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth and an original coin from Athena dating back to 460 BCE.  Seeing these items with Fixter’s knowledge and interpretation, will bring ancient history to life.  He will explain his Estes Park collection as well. The program is free to the public and no reservations are required. 
 
Bob Fixter grew up in Wyoming and Colorado as a United Methodist pastor's son.  As a boy scout, he earned the merit badge in coin-collecting and subsequently caught the "collecting bug.”  Fixter acquired his first re-sale license at the age of thirteen and had antique businesses in Denver and Morrison.  He graduated from Englewood High School and received his Bachelor's Degree at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Fixter worked at a Lincoln jewelry store for 24 years while earning degrees from the Gemological Association of Great Britain, the Gemological Institute of America and the Canadian Jewelry Institute.  In 2005, he and his wife Carole moved to Estes Park and opened Fall River Jewelry & Antiques at 356 East Elkhorn Avenue, #4.  They offer appraisal services, jewelry repair, and a coin and currency business, as well as a "time line" of jewelry arranged in chronological order from ancient Roman to present day.  The store also features historical documents related to most of the United States Presidents, Civil War and world leaders, and actors and actresses. 
 
Thursday, March 12
6 - 8 p.m.

 

Game Night
Estes Park Chronology
 
In Chronology each player builds their own timeline of cards. On your turn, someone will read to you an historical event from a card or show you an historical image from the Museum's collection. You decide where that event falls in your timeline and if you're right, you keep the card, and your timeline grows. First player to 10 wins. Game Night is open to all ages. The Museum will provide the game, snacks and refreshments free of charge.
 
Monday, March 30
7 - 8 p.m.
Pioneers of the Peaks: Local Climbers Who Made History
Training in Rocky Mountain National Park by Harry Kent
 
Harry Kent has climbed all over the world as a professional outdoor adventure guide for close to 40 years. He and partner Keith Lober were the first Americans to make a winter ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1982, one of the most challenging climbs in all of Europe at the time. This will be the subject of his program when he describes in a slideshow the local training and preparations they made for the daunting objective. A member of the American Mountain Guides Association, Kent’s accomplishments include difficult routes in the Rockies, Andes, Alps and Himalayas. Kent has spent his entire adult life living, working and playing in the mountains. He also introduced thousands of people, both young and old, to the challenges and rewards of outdoor adventure since 1987 when he founded Kent Mountain Adventure Center in Estes Park.  
 
For several decades, a small group of men and women made history exploring and ascending the summits surrounding the Estes Valley. This hardy group paved the way for others to pursue the challenges of our alluring landscapes. In 2013 and 2014, the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library gathered their inspiring stories. Through June, a monthly series will feature special guests from among the 18 local climbers and mountaineers who were interviewed for the Estes Valley Mountaineering Oral History Project. These monthly talks will be held at the Estes Park Museum as a special tie-in with the Museum’s “Climb On!” exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. Access the Speaker Series Flyer
 
Wednesday, April 15
7 - 8 p.m.
Prolific Poets of Estes Valley History
 
Kurtis Kelly will portray local twentieth-century poet, Charles Edwin Hewes in Hewes’ own words, as we learn about the prolific writer as well as Clem Yore and others. This is a free program offered in partnership between the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library.
 
Wednesday, June 10
2 - 3 p.m.
Learning About the Colorado-Big Thompson Project (Part I of III)
 
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. Details for the second and third parts of the series will be announced soon and will require registration.
 
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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