History Alive! That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua presents… David Skipper as Walt Disney Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite Karen Vuranch as Julia Child September 13 and 14   More details as we get closer to event date here. Memories of Cronkite Walter Cronkite’s journey to become America’s most watched and most trusted journalist began as a newspaper boy in Missouri, a newspaper copy boy in Texas, a radio announcer in the Great Depression, and a United Press correspondent … Read More

History Alive! That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua presents… David Skipper as Walt Disney Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite Karen Vuranch as Julia Child September 13 and 14   More details as we get closer to event date here. Julia Child and the Development of Academic Culinary Programs Karen Vuranch In 1961, Julia and Paul Child arrived back in the United States to live permanently. Except for a few years at the end of WWII, they had been … Read More

History Alive! That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua presents… David Skipper as Walt Disney Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite Karen Vuranch as Julia Child September 13 and 14   More details as we get closer to event date here. Walt Disney: Dreamer of Dreams Walt Disney has become a legendary character of the twentieth century. So much has been written about him, and so much is inaccurate, that the legends often attained a currency that was not deserved. … Read More

Guess Who’s Coming to Chautauqua?

It’s almost time for our 2019 Chautauqua! We have a new name – History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua. We also have a new logo.  Most importantly, we have a great theme – That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years. That is sure to have us strolling down memory lane. Mark your calendars now for September 13 and 14 as we bring three icons from our past to life. Walt Disney, Julia Child, and … Read More

Planned Giving: Join the Legacy Society

Are you passionate about supporting the Museums of Western Colorado (MWC)? Do you want to ensure that we continue our mission well into the future? Planned gifts help assure that MWC will remain a vibrant source of inspiration for generations to come. Your planned gift can support any aspect of MWC. This can include much needed capital improvements  to Dinosaur Journey, Cross Orchards Historic Site, Museum of the West, and the Loyd Files Research Library. … Read More

Grand Heritage Society (GHS)

For over 50 years, the Museums of Western Colorado has a cultural anchor in the Grand Valley and western Colorado. We continue to be a trailblazer in our approach to community engagement, and in recognizing our role in preserving and showcasing those aspects which define our community on many levels.  Becoming a Grand Heritage Society member is an easy way to increase the power of your support by providing critical funding required for staff and … Read More

Gone Fishing…

We were sad to say goodbye to our Head of Maintenance, Don Kerven, who retired from the Museum in June. Don has been with the Museum for over 20 years. He built the Uranium Mine and the bar in the Saloon exhibit at Museum of the West, he kept our robotic dinosaurs operational at Dinosaur Journey, he kept his eyes on our air conditioners, vehicles, roofs, boilers, and every other piece of mechanical equipment. Don … Read More

Cross Orchards’ Victory Garden

By Kathy Kimball The Victory Garden at Cross Orchards is a living exhibit that provides a look back into how families supplemented their food during World War II. This is the second season for the garden following a bountiful harvest from last year. Modifications to the garden from last year have resulted in a more diverse range of vegetables for 2019. This year spring and cool weather crops have been thriving with our cooler temperatures. … Read More

Specimen Cabinets Donated to Dinosaur Journey

Fifteen steel specimen cabinets were donated to the Dinosaur Journey Museum by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. During the renovations of collections spaces at DMNS, they had numerous used specimen cabinets available as surplus. Joe Sertich and James Hagadorn both reached out to our curator of paleontology, Julia McHugh, about donating a few to our museum. We heartily accepted. Although there is not much spare room in our own collections, we will be … Read More

Two Museum of the West Events-One Special Evening for Members

Museum of the West in Downtown Grand Junction June 13 • 5:30 pm Curator of History David Bailey will be signing his new book, Historic Mysteries of Western Colorado: Case Files from the Western Investigations Team, published by the History Press in Charleston, South Carolina. Bailey also serves as the Director of the Western Investigations Team and the book covers twelve different western mysteries the team has endeavored to solve using the latest scientific technology … Read More