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.

 
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!

Wednesday, September 9
8:15 - 10 a.m.
Downtown History Walking Tours
Meet near the Enos Mills sculpture in the northeast corner of Bond Park
 
Lead by the Curator of Education, 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.
 
 
Sunday, September 13
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Wish You Were here! Sharing Favorite Postcards from the Past & Book Signing
 
Join local postcard collectors Bobbie Heisterkamp and Suzanne Silverthorn as they introduce Silverthorn's newly published book Around Rocky Mountain National Park and share some of their favorite postcards from the area – and invite you to do the same. The book is the latest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Postcard History Series. Silverthorn has summered in Rocky Mountain National Park since the 1960s and will be showing postcards of buildings and other sights from the Grand Lake area that can still be found today, while Heisterkamp has selected cards from her vast collection representing humor, the tourist's experience and more. Members of the audience are encouraged to bring their own favorite cards for a show-and-tell session. More than 200 black-and-white postcards are included in the new book. The postcards provide a chronology of the early hotels, ranches, and other settings that have shaped the Park’s history for more than a century. Proceeds from the book are being donated to the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation and the historical societies in Grand County.
 
Monday, September 14
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Meet Me @ The Museum
 
Sometime after 1902, Sidney Baldwin filled a small leather bound photograph album with photographs taken from the previous summer and presented it to her uncle Mr. Frank Gove.  The photographs captured in the summer of 1902 include the Rockside Cottage (the same cottage F. O. Stanley would reside in the following summer), the developing town of Estes Park, the bustling Elkhorn Lodge, and a number of scenes from various parts of the Estes valley.  Join Director and Curator of Exhibits Derek Fortini as he goes through this small 6 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch album explaining how it has been utilized by museum staff and researchers throughout the years.
 
Wednesday, September 16
8:15 - 10 a.m.
Downtown History Walking Tours
Meet near the Enos Mills sculpture in the northeast corner of Bond Park
 
Lead by the Curator of Education, 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.
 
 
Monday, September 21
8:15 - 10 a.m.
Downtown History Walking Tours
Meet near the Enos Mills sculpture in the northeast corner of Bond Park
 
Lead by the Curator of Education, 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.
 
 

Thursday, September 24 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Rocky Mountain National Park: Dining Room Girl, The Summer of 1926 at the Horsehoe Inn Presentation and Book Signing
 
Visit Horseshoe Park in 1926 when the elegant Horseshoe Inn was filled with patrons excited to visit the young National Park through letters written by one of the dining room girls. Eleanor Parker had just graduated from college in Iowa and rode the train west to work for the summer in Rocky Mountain National Park. In her letters and journal, she describes a magical summer filled with moonlight horseback rides, exhilarating hikes, and sightseeing by automobile over some of the Park's first roads. 
 
The authors of the newly published Rocky Mountain National Park Dining Room Girl, The Summer of 1926 at the Horseshoe Inn will share photos, including some never before published, and stories from 1926 and today.   Free program, no reservations are necessary.  The book is available for sale in the Museum Shop for $14.95.
 
Monday, October 5
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Meet Me @ The Museum
 
October's MM@M will be lead by Curator of Collections Naomi Gerakios.
 
Saturday, October 31
1 - 2:30 p.m.

Cemeteries and Remote Burials in the Estes Park Area

Authors Duane and Susan Kniebes will describe their experiences searching for and documenting 39 cemeteries and remote burials in the Estes Park area.  During their 14-year search, the Kniebes tried to determine the history of those buried at each site and of their families as well as the history of the property on which the grave was found. The resulting publication is a 3-book set, "Cemeteries and Remote Burials in Larimer County, Colorado" Volume III of the set, "Estes Park Area and Rocky Mountain National Park, Including Park Property in Grand County" is available for $23.95 in the Museum Shop.

 

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