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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.
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 August 9. Cost is $3 for Museum Members and youth (under 16 years old) and $5 for Non-members. No registration is required. The Hydroplant will be open for free guided tours before and following the performance from 1 - 4 p.m.
Rocky Ridge Music Center was founded in 1942 and is one of the oldest summer music camps in the country. Located at the foot of Longs Peak, the music center is the site of the historic Hewes-Kirkwood Inn encompassing 17 acres that provide a stunning backdrop for performances and reflection. Charles Hewes, son of Mary Kirkwood, embraced the ethic of building in harmony with nature; he used local stone and fire-killed timber to construct a lodge, dining hall and guest cabins beginning in 1907.
In 1951, the Hewes-Kirkwood Inn became the home of the Rocky Ridge Music Center, founded by pianist Beth Miller Harrod and it operates today as one of the nation's premier music camps. The entire historic complex has been maintained and rehabilitated over the years since it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
Registered participants will meet at the Estes Park Museum at 12:45 to hop aboard a bus departing by 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 19 or Sunday, September 6 to take a personal tour of the campus with Madison Casey, former student, trustee and president of Rocky Ridge Music Center. After the tour, enjoy light refreshments and then a faculty concert at 3 p.m.
Cost is $36 for Museum members or $42 for non-members which cover transportation, a guided tour, refreshments, and concert admission. Space is limited to 12 participants. Registration opens on August 12 for the September 6 tour. Registration is necessary to participate. Call 970-577-3762 to sign-up!
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