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, April 27
7 - 8 p.m.
Pioneers of the Peaks: "A Ranger's Mountain Rescues" by Keith Lober
 
Estes Park climber, guide, and paramedic Keith Lober will present in the fourth program of the “Pioneers of the Peaks” monthly series hosted by the Estes Park Museum and the Estes Valley Library. “Pioneers of the Peaks” celebrates the stories of the area’s past and current mountaineers during the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. Lober will give a free slideshow presentation entitled “A Ranger’s Mountain Rescues” at the Museum.
 
Keith Lober, former Chief of the Emergency Medical Services for Yosemite National Park will describe his experiences during twenty years on the front lines with Yosemite National Park’s world renowned technical rescue team. He will present slides, video, and 911 recordings to take you on life and death missions in locations where the scenery alone is dramatic.  Lober has been awarded four of the prestigious “Department of the Interior Valor Awards” for operations in Yosemite National Park and at the time of his retirement was the single most decorated National Park Service Ranger.
 
Lober grew up in Estes Park; he guided for Fantasy Ridge Mountain Guides, Colorado Mountain School and was a Longs Peak climbing ranger in addition to serving as a paramedic for the Estes Park Medical Center. He has completed notable climbs such as a winter ascent of the Diamond on Longs Peak and a winter ascent on the North Wall of the Eiger with local climbing partner Harry Kent. Lober continues to work in emergency services as a consultant and a member of the advance team for Kenyon International Emergency Services.  He has been deployed to mass disasters worldwide and recently returned from a three month deployment on Peleliu Island, Palau where he was a paramedic with a team removing and destroying explosive ordnance from a World War II battlefield.  At present, he is a mountain guide for the Kent Mountain Adventure Center in Estes Park. Series flyer
 
Monday, May 4
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Meet Me @ The Museum: "The Importance of Vignettes" by Director and Curator of Exhibits Derek Fortini
 
The Estes Park Museum houses a wealth of information within its manuscript archive.  Not to be over looked is a number of shorter vignettes that contain specific details lending to a greater understanding of our history.  Interesting finds used by Director and Curator of Exhibits Derek Fortini will be discussed at the next MM@M.  There will be three vignettes explored and interpreted for importance such as a recently shared three page hand written letter recollecting a trip to Estes Park in 1870.  Could this letter contain the description of the first "firework" 4th of July celebration held in Estes Park?  In another short manuscript, an 1962 interview was conducted with Estes Park's Ruth Herndon about her famous horse Gold Tony.  The transcript and narrative now reside in the manuscript collection capturing small details about the life of the trick horse Gold Tony who was friends with Roy Rogers' horse Trigger and featured by Ripley's "Believe It or Not" several times.  Fortini will also explore the a very interesting 2008 manuscript recalling teenage memories from being a part of the Blue Jeans Philharmonic in 1962 that also capture some of the community aspects of Estes Park at the time.
 
Monday, May 18
7 - 8 p.m.
Pioneers of the Peaks: "The "Art" of Mountaineering" by James Disney
 
Friday, May 22 & Saturday, May 23
7:30 - 9 p.m.
or Sunday, May 24 from 3 - 5:30 p.m.
 
The Impossible Paradise
 
An original play, written and directed by Barb Boyer Buck celebrates Rocky Mountain National Park's 100th anniversary and tells the story of Estes Park's earliest pioneers and their unique influences on how the area was settled. "The Impossible Paradise" is also the story of a love doomed from the start, but powerful enough to last beyond death. There is romance, intrigue, and even a murder! Some of the colorful characters in this original work are Rocky Mountain Jim, the drunkard with a poet's heart and a brilliant mind; Isabella Bird, the world-traveler whose letters home to her sister were published all over the world; Griff Evans, the pioneer who somehow survived in the wilderness of early Estes Park year-round with a wife and six children. There are cameo appearances by Joel Estes, and homesteaders Alexander MacGregor and Abner Sprague; and, Lord Dunraven, the Irish Earl who wanted the entire Estes Park area for himself.

$13 - Adult or non-member
$11 - Student or member
Free for children under 5 years old

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Wednesday, June 10
2 - 3 p.m.
Learning About the Colorado-Big Thompson Project
 
The Colorado-Big Thompson (C-BT) project was one of the most ambitious water diversion projects ever undertaken by the federal government, and it occurred in Estes Park between 1938 and 1959. Government workers lived and worked in Estes Park on this massive project, which carries water from the Colorado River, on the western slope, under Rocky Mountain National Park to the Big Thompson River, where it then waters the homes and fields of various towns on the eastern slope.
 
Kick-off the C-BT Series at the Museum with Greg Silkensen, of the Northern Colorado Water Conservation District. Silkensen will give an overview of water development and irrigation history in Northern Colorado, including some of the conditions that led to the construction of the C-BT.  This is a free program, no reservations are required. Details for the second and third parts of the series will be announced soon and will require registration.
 
Monday, June 22 through Friday, August 28 8:15 - 10 a.m.
Downtown History Walking Tours
 
Lead by the Museum's Downtown Docent Corps on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:15 to 10 a.m. Explore the history along Elkhorn Avenue with a guide and historic photographs to aid in viewing buildings, several of which are a century old.  Tours meet at the northeast corner of Bond Park, in downtown Estes Park, next to the Enos Mills sculpture.  Comfortable walking shoes are encouraged.  No reservations are necessary, cost is $8 per person.
 
Monday, June 29
7 - 8 p.m.
Pioneers of the Peaks: "A Tribute to Search and Rescue" by Nathan Dick
 
Sunday, August 2
8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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 amittelman@estes.org. Payment will be collected the day of the tour.
 
Tuesday, August 11
8:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Ken Jessen’s Rocky Mountain National Park Historic Tour
Identical tour as Sunday, August 2, 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 amittelman@estes.org. Payment will be collected the day of the tour.
 

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