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.

November 5, 12 and 19 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Conservation Workshops
All three classes are full at this time
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 Rochambeau 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: Rochambeau 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. Rochameau 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. Cost is $12 for Museum members and $15 for non-members for each session or $35 for all three. Please register by calling Alicia Rochambeau 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.
Rocky Mountain National Park Reader - program and book signing
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.
Monday, December 7 at 1:30 p.m.

Meet Me @ The Museum


Monday, January 4 at 1:30 p.m.

Meet Me @ The Museum


Saturday, January 23 at 3 p.m.


Ski Hidden Valley: Facts & Reminiscences
Details coming soon!
Saturday, February 20 at 2 p.m.
Staking Her Claim: Women Homesteading the West
Sunday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m.
Bingo for Kids!

Gather with family, neighbors and friends to play "Estes Park Bingo" a game for all ages. This activity is free of charge and participants and no prior knowledge of Estes Park history is necessary. The Museum will provide light snacks and refreshments.  




Monday, March 7 at 1:30 p.m.
Meet Me @ The Museum

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