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, May 2 at 1:30 p.m. 
Meet Me @ The Museum - Gallery tour of "Drawn to Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch" 

Join the Curator of Education Alicia Rochambeau for a guided tour of the new, temporary exhibit "Drawn Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch." Meet Me @ The Museum encourages all of us to be curious about the history of sites, events, and those who came before us in Estes Park. Museum staff includes the community in their local history findings and current projects once a month. Discussions will be 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, May 7 at 3 p.m. 
Archaeology in the Estes Park Area with Heidi Short
 
In honor of Preservation Month, speaker Heidi A. Short will answer the questions “What can be found around old mountain homes and why is it important to preserve the archaeology found around this area?” Heidi Short will address these questions with illustrated examples from archaeological projects she worked on in Estes Park, Allenspark, and Glen Haven. Short works with a number of area archaeology professors and has supervised digging crews as well as trained college students and others in metal detecting. She is the Vice-Chair of the Berthoud Historic Preservation Committee Advisory Board and is a member and contributor to the Northern Chapter of The Colorado Archaeological Society. She volunteers with the U.S. Forest Service Heritage Resource Management Department and at History Colorado's Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, and the State Historical Fund. This is a free program at the Estes Park Museum, no reservations are required.
 
Thursdays, May 12, 19 & 26 from 9:30 - 11 a.m.
Conservation Workshops
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.

May 12 – 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. 

May 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.   

May 26 – 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. She 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.  Rochambeau will elaborate on best practices for handling and storing photographs and negative film as well as provide suggestions on where to purchase supplies. 
 
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 to 25 participants.  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 at arochambeau@estes.org to sign-up.  Payment is required after you receive confirmation that you are registered.
 
Friday, May 20 at 2 p.m.
Legendary Locals (Part V of V): Book Signing
 
"Legendary Locals of Estes Park" explores the history of the unique individuals and groups, both past and present, who have made a memorable impact on Estes Park throughout its history. The 128-page book features nearly 160 photographs, with many rarely-seen photos from archives and personal collections.
 
The book is organized into eight chapters: Settling of the Estes Valley, A Warm Welcome, the Park Experience, Inspired by Rocky, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Making a Difference, Larger than Life and Mountain Strong. Most importantly, the book is about people—those you read about in the history books and those you meet on the street. Former reference librarian and freelance writer Steve Mitchell researched newspaper archives, interviewed family members to compile 126 profiles in this compelling local history.
 
Tuesday, May 31 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 
Opening day at the Historic Fall River Hydroplant!
F.O. Stanley: A Life Well-Lived
Reenactment will take place at the Historic Fall River Hydroplant located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park
 
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 June 11, July 6, and August 10 at the same time and place. The Hydroplant will be open for free guided tours from 1 - 4 p.m. 
 
 Thanks to the generous support of the Estes Park Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. this program is free to the public.

 

Monday, June 6 at 1:30 p.m.

Meet Me @ The Museum
 
Meet Me @ The Museum encourages all of us to be curious about the history of sites, events, and those who came before us in Estes Park.  Museum staff will aim to include the community in their local history findings and current projects once a month.  Discussions will be 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.
 
Tuesday, June 9 from 2 - 3 p.m.
MacGregor Ranch History & Antique Tools
 
Interactive program with Denny Gribble on MacGregor Ranch history and antique tools in the "Drawn to Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch" exhibit in the National Park Service Headquarters Building. Free no reservations required. Drop-in style program.
 
Saturday, June 11 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
F.O. Stanley: A Life Well-Lived
Reenactment will take place at the Historic Fall River Hydroplant located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park
 
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 July 6 and August 10 at the same time and place. The Hydroplant will be open for free guided tours from 1 - 4 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and children, $7 for non-members.
 
Monday, June 13 through September 16 from 8:15 - 10 a.m.
 
Downtown History Walking Tours
 
Discover the hidden past on a guided walking tour of downtown with docents from the Estes Park Museum. During the tour, participants will explore historical photographs from the Museum's collection to aid in comparing the past to the present.  
 
Identical tours will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from June 13 through September 16, 2016.  At 8:15 a.m. meet at the Enos Mills sculpture in Bond Park (corner of MacGregor Avenue and Park Lane), tour begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and returns to the same site by 10 a.m. Cost is $8, payable by cash or check on the day of the tour. First come, first served. Space limited to about 12 people. There will not be a tour on Monday, July 4, 2016.
 
Thursday, June 16 at 3 p.m.
The Innkeepers: A Medley of Local Legends 
Museum Members Only
 
Traveling back in time, Kutis Kelly will summon the voice of homesteader Abner Sprauge. This pinoneer entered the lodging business somewhat accidentally when his Moraine Park ranch was in the path of visitors hoping to secure a place to stay, a meal, and Sprague’s guided expertise to the Continental Divide. Around that same time near Fish Creek, the Earl of Dunraven opened his Estes Park Hotel, popularly called the English Hotel, the valley’s most luxurious accommodations in the 1870s, complete with indoor flush toilets. Enos Mills acquired the Longs Peak House in 1902, and the inn’s reputation would flourish alongside Mills’ increasing fame as a naturalist, writer, and mountaineer. His neighbor and occasional adversary Charles Edwin Hewes labored to keep his Hewes-Kirkwood Inn solvent while vigilantly pursuing his passion as a poet. F.O. Stanley’s famous hotel opens in 1909, simultaneously bringing electricity and other advances to the surrounding village. And Joe Mills opens his Crags Hotel—the “House on the Hill”—on July 4, 1914, and it becomes an immediate success. Free program for Museum Members only. No reservations required. An identical program will be offered for members on June 18, also at 3 p.m. at the Musuem. 
 
Sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc.
 
Saturday, June 18 at 3 p.m.
The Innkeepers: A Medley of Local Legends 
Museum Members Only
 
Traveling back in time, Kutis Kelly will summon the voice of homesteader Abner Sprauge. This pinoneer entered the lodging business somewhat accidentally when his Moraine Park ranch was in the path of visitors hoping to secure a place to stay, a meal, and Sprague’s guided expertise to the Continental Divide. Around that same time near Fish Creek, the Earl of Dunraven opened his Estes Park Hotel, popularly called the English Hotel, the valley’s most luxurious accommodations in the 1870s, complete with indoor flush toilets. Enos Mills acquired the Longs Peak House in 1902, and the inn’s reputation would flourish alongside Mills’ increasing fame as a naturalist, writer, and mountaineer. His neighbor and occasional adversary Charles Edwin Hewes labored to keep his Hewes-Kirkwood Inn solvent while vigilantly pursuing his passion as a poet. F.O. Stanley’s famous hotel opens in 1909, simultaneously bringing electricity and other advances to the surrounding village. And Joe Mills opens his Crags Hotel—the “House on the Hill”—on July 4, 1914, and it becomes an immediate success. Free program for Museum Members only. No reservations required. This program is identical from the one offered for members on June 16.
 
Sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc.
 
Tuesday, June 23 from 2 - 3 p.m.
MacGregor Ranch History & Antique Tools
 
Interactive program with Denny Gribble on MacGregor Ranch history and antique tools in the "Drawn to Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch" exhibit in the National Park Service Headquarters Building. Free no reservations required. Drop-in style program.
 
Tuesday, June 28 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Whole Child Camp
 
The Estes Park Museum will partner with the Estes Valley Library to host a morning of activities for children about Estes Park history. Details about the Whole Child Camp can be found at www.estesvalleylibrary.org.
 
Monday, July 4
Coolest Car Show in Colorado
Estes Park Event Center located at 1125 Rooftop Way, Estes Park
 
The 18th Annual Coolest Car Show: “Classic Cars in the Rockies” will be held at the Estes Park Event Center. Estes Park Trolleys will provide free rides to-and-from downtown. Many of the ‘best ‘ of last year’s show will be back • Cars will be displayed inside and outside • An additional car class for imports • Public balloting for awards and trophies • Dash plaques and goody bags • Car-themed Silent Auction • Museum Shop • Folk musicians: Mountain Music Makers • Live Rock n Roll band: Ugly Rumor  • Coolest Car Kids Activity Corner • Estes Park Photo Booth • On-site Concessions • Door prizes • Free caricaturist on-site • Kurtis Kelly as Enos Mills.
 
Wednesday, July 6 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
F.O. Stanley: A Life Well-Lived
Reenactment will take place at the Historic Fall River Hydroplant located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park
 
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 May 31, June 11 and August 10 at the same time and place. The Hydroplant will be open for free guided tours from 1 - 4 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and children, $7 for non-members.
 
Monday, July 11 at 1:30 p.m.
Meet Me @ The Museum
 
Meet Me @ The Museum encourages all of us to be curious about the history of sites, events, and those who came before us in Estes Park.  Museum staff will aim to include the community in their local history findings and current projects once a month.  Discussions will be 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, July 16 at 2 p.m.
Discussion with an Artist: Donna Krizek
 
Discussion about plain air painting with Donna Krizek whose work is featured in the “Drawn to Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch” exhibit. Fee program, no reservations necessary.
 
Monday, July 18 at 3 p.m. 
Presentation by Rita Schageman
 
Rita Schageman, long-time interpretive volunteer at MacGregor Ranch will discuss the history of the working ranch that dates back to 1873. Free program,no reservations necessary.
 
Tuesday, July 19 at 3 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Tales of Survival
 
Hear thrilling tales of adventure from pioneers facing perilous encounters and daring escapes. Abner Sprague recounts the 1896 camping trip that left his party lost in a blizzard above timberline. The Earl of Dunraven comes face-to-face with a mountain lion. Joe Mills describes a midnight rescue on wind-whipped Longs Peak. A snow-blinded Enos Mills makes a dangerous descent from the Continental Divide. Storyteller Kurtis Kelly dramatizes these and other amazing stories. This program is suitable for all ages. Cost is $4 for members and children, $6 for non-members.
 
Sunday, July 31 at 3 p.m.
Remembrances on the Fortieth Anniversary of the Big Thompson Flood
 
One of the most devastating natural disasters to ever occur in Colorado, the 1976 Big Thompson flood was immediately documented in a variety of ways. That documentation, enabling time travel back to the event and its aftermath, survives in archival repositories, such as the Water Resources Archive at Colorado State University. Patty Rettig, head archivist for the Water Resources Archive, will talk about the flood and its legacy via archival documents, including photos, recordings, and reports.
 
Wednesday, August 10 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
F.O. Stanley: A Life Well-Lived
Reenactment will take place at the Historic Fall River Hydroplant located at 1754 Fish Hatchery Road, Estes Park
 
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 ones offered on May 31, June 11, and July 6. The Hydroplant will be open for free guided tours from 1 - 4 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and children, $7 for non-members.
 
Monday, August 29 at 2 p.m.
Discussion with an Artist: Donna Krizek
 
Discussion about plain air painting with Donna Krizek whose work is featured in the “Drawn to Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch” exhibit. Fee program, no reservations necessary.
 
Saturday, September 10 at 1:30 p.m.
Guided tour of "Drawn to Back Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch
 
Join the Curator of Education Alicia Rochambeau for a guided tour of the new, temporary exhibit "Drawn Black Canyon: The History and Beauty of MacGregor Ranch." Free program, no reservations necessary.
 
Thursday, September 15 at 3 p.m.
Pioneers’ Wild Animal Encounters
 
The “ghosts” of Rocky Mountain National Park’s earliest pioneers witnessed a primeval world of nature’s wildest creatures: birds, beavers, elk, mountain sheep—even species now “ghosts” themselves like grizzlies and wolves. Hear these adventures—from raising orphaned grizzly bear cubs, to tracking the eerie howl of a Longs Peak coyote, to the quest for “wapiti”. Learn how elk, once overhunted to extermination, were reintroduced in a fleet of Stanley steam cars. History portrayalist Kurtis Kelly leads campfire storytelling for all ages. Cost is $4 for members and children, $6 for non-members.
 
Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m.
Historian Laureate James Pickering Lecture on the History of MacGregor Ranch
 
Museum Members $3 and non-members $5. No reservations necessary. Limit 60 people.
 
Friday, October 21 through Sunday, Octobr 23 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
High Country Celebrations: Past and Present (a table-setting competition)

Creative Colorado Table Settings 2016 is a brand-new community event and Estes Park Museum fundraiser. This table-setting competition will be held at the YMCA of the Rockies October 21 through 23.
 
The competition is open to adults, children (8-18), families, social clubs, philanthropies, and professional /commercial entities including shops, inns, restaurants, and businesses. Creative Colorado Table Settings will showcase participants’ menus and their accompanying table displays and centerpieces appropriate for the Show’s theme: “High Country Celebrations: Past and Present.” Sponosred by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc.