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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.
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 July 10 for the July 19 tour and August 12 for the September 6 tour. Registration is necessary to participate. Call 970-577-3762 to sign-up!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment will be collected the day of the tour.
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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