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, Tuesday and Friday (through August 28, 2015)
8:15 - 10 a.m.
Downtown History Walking Tours
Meet near the Enos Mills sculpture in the northeast corner of Bond Park
 
Participants will visit the sites of early hotels, schools and amusements along Elkhorn Avenue for a total distance of 0.7 miles. Cost of tours is $8 cash or check (payable to Town of Estes Park). No reservations required; first-come, first-served. Tours take place on Monday, Tuesday and Friday through August 28, 2015.
 
Sunday, August 2
8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
TOUR IS FULL
Ken Jessen’s Rocky Mountain National Park Historic Tour
Repeated on Tuesday, August 11, 2015
 
TOUR IS FULL
 
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.
 
Sunday, August 9
2 - 3 p.m.
"F.O. Stanley: A Life Well-Lived" August 26
Reenactment will take place at the Historic Fall River Hydroplant located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road
 
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 26. 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. 
 
Tuesday, August 11
8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
TOUR IS FULL
Ken Jessen’s Rocky Mountain National Park Historic Tour
Identical tour as Sunday, August 2, 2015
 
TOUR IS FULL
 
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.
 
Saturday, August 15
3 - 4 p.m. doors open at 2:30 p.m.
Historic Footage used in the making of "The Living Dream" film by Nick Mollé
 
Nick Mollé's "The Living Dream" tells the history of Rocky Mountain National Park from the Native American and Mountain Man eras through the pioneers. It continues through the twentieth century and into modern times. In the film, recently discovered motion picture footage from as early as the 1910s all the way up to the 1950s is used to help tell the story of Rocky Mountain National Park. Join filmmaker Nick Mollé and co-director Sean Doherty as they describe how they found the historic footage as well as the backstory behind these rare films.  They will also, for the first time, show some of the historic footage that didn't make it into the film. Cost is $3 for Museum members or $5 for non-members; first come, first served, limit 60 people. The DVD is for sale at the Museum Shop.
 
Wednesday, August 26
2 - 3 p.m.
"F.O. Stanley: A Life Well-Lived" August 26
Reenactment will take place at the Historic Fall River Hydroplant located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road

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. 

Sunday, September 6
12:45 - 6 p.m.
Rocky Ridge Music Center History Tour & Concert

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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