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, 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 the 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
 
Monday, April 6
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Meet Me @ The Museum
 
Join Curator of Collections Bryon Hoerner in viewing recently digitized films from the collection and a booklet that documents the Town of Estes Park Ordinances and Regulations as of December 1, 1932. Meet Me @ The Museum encourages all of us to be curious about the history of Estes Park. Museum staff includes the community in their local history findings and current projects once a month. Discussions are 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, April 11
3 - 4 p.m.
Evaluating Mule Deer Migration Behavior: Tools of the Trade and What We Have Learned with Dr. Chuck Anderson of Colorado Parks and Wildlife
 
Migration behavior of Mule Deer is triggered when they seek abundant forage at higher elevations. The plants around Estes Park provide the necessary energy for adult females’ lactation for their young. Dr. Chuck Anderson of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Mammals Research Station will share recent technological advances that have allowed for detailed investigations of migratory behavior. This presentation will address methods and techniques used to study Mule Deer migration from a current research project underway in northwest Colorado. Free presentation, no reservations are necessary.
 
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 Edna Davis Romig. This is a free program offered in partnership between the Estes Park Museum and Estes Valley Library.
 
Saturday, April 18
Doors open at 3:30 p.m., show runs from 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Yesterado: Stories of Colorado When it Was Young
Designed for students K-6, but all are welcome!
Performance takes place at the Estes Park High School Auditorium located at 1600 Manford Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517
 
Hosted by the Estes Park Museum, "Yesterado" will show you Colorado history as you have never seen it before! Pulled from the pulp of late nineteenth century newspapers, this sharp, fun slice of showmanship uses stories of con man Soapy Smith, socialite Molly Brown, and cyclist Dora Rinehart to create a living, breathing portrait of our state when  it was still cutting its teeth.
 
Performed by the Buntport Theater of Denver, "Yesterado" is ideal for grades K-6, but all ages are welcome. Following the 55 minute show will be an introduction by a local theater group performing "The Impossible Paradise," an original play that celebrates Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th anniversary.
 
"The Impossible Paradise" tells the story of how Estes Park's earliest pioneers influenced the area as well as the story of a love doomed from the start, but powerful enough to last beyond death. There is romance, intrigue, and even a murder! The full production of "The Impossible Paradise" will take place at the Estes Park Museum on May 22, 23 and 24.
 
Funding for "Yesterado" was made possible with a generous grant from The Rotary Club of Estes Park Foundation Inc. 
 
Friday, May 22 & Saturday, May 23
7:30 - 9 p.m.
or Sunday, May 24 from 3 - 5:30 p.m.
 
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

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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