Freak Accident in Grand Junction

Alfred Read Gallupe, Grandson of General George S. Gallupe of the 5th Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery during the Civil War and later of the Plains Wars with General George A. Custer, was injured September 22, 1913 during a freak windstorm in front of the local YMCA Building and passed away four days later on Sept 26, 1913. Alfred, the 12 year old son of the late John H. Gallupe and Ella Gallupe of Grand Junction died … Read More

Colorado Gives Update

Colorado Gives Update: Thanks for your support The MWC enjoyed a banner year with the Colorado Gives Campaign. There was 15 percent increase in the number of donors and they collectively donated $33,635, which is a 14 percent increase over last year. This is also the highest amount the MWC has ever received via Colorado Gives. Thanks to your support, the MWC received $1,066 from the statewide incentive fund.  2016 Colorado Gives Donors 6 Anonymous … Read More

5th Annual Heritage Awards

Museums of Western Colorado to Host 5th Annual Heritage Awards The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) will honor the recipients of the 2017 Annual Heritage Awards on March 7, 2017. The Heritage Awards celebrate the contributions of community members toward fulfilling the Museum’s mission of discovering, preserving, and sharing the heritage of the Grand Valley. The MWC relies on others in the community, either in cooperation with the museum or individually, to help fulfill this … Read More

Collaboration with Fruita Monument High School

As Curator of Education I take the job of involving the youth of today in our Museums seriously. Even before coming to work for the Museums I was ensuring that tomorrow’s leaders saw the value and importance in museums and research through a high school paleontology program. I am proud to announce that this idea is now being carried forward here in the Grand Valley. In the fall of 2016, I began working with Billy … Read More

Museum Education Class

When most people in the Grand Valley think about their local heritage, what do they think of? Do they think of the Museums of Western Colorado? Or do they think of one of our sites, such as Cross Orchards Historic Site or the Museum of the West? Many people who walk through the door of Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita are not aware that it, too, is under the umbrella of the Museums of Western … Read More

Bears Ears Follow-up

On Dec. 28, 2016, President Barack Obama used the authority assigned to him under the Antiquities Act of 1906 by Congress to declare a Bears Ears National Monument. Now, most of the public debate surrounding this area has focused on the wealth of ancient sites, artifacts, rock art, and tribal connections to the area. But the paleontological resources of the area are also highly significant (see my accompanying article about my trip to Washington, D.C. … Read More

January Oral History Program

January 19 • Noon – 1 pm Whitman Educational Center 248 S. Fourth St.   Our January Oral History will be about the history of Mesa County Libraries from its early days to its current 8 branch system. The program will be presented by Joseph Sanchez, director of Mesa County Libraries. Bring your lunch and bring a friend. Coffee and cookies and will be served. For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here. … Read More

Museum of the West — Curator’s Corner

New Discovery About the Use of Flint in Early Spanish Colonial Wheellock Pistols By Director of the Western Investigations Team/Curator of History David P. Bailey Copyright© 2016 All Rights Reserved Please click images for full-size. It has been assumed by historians and archaeologists that wheellock pistols used in the New World by Spanish Colonial adventurers and explorers used pyrite, not a flint ignition system. The earliest wheellock pistols were invented in the early 1500s. The pistols had … Read More

Museums of Western Colorado 2017 Board of Directors Election Ballot

The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) Board of Directors recommends the following slate of nomination to the Board for a three-year term, beginning Jan. 24, 2017. Please mark your ballot and return it to the MWC via mail or in person by 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Election results will be announced at the MWC Heritage Awards on March 7, 2017.  New Board Member Nominations Arlene Baker, Regional Manager, Bank of the West Arlene Baker … Read More

Rob Goes to Washington

On Oct. 31, 2016, I was invited to speak in Washington, D.C., to the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the USDA Forest Service, and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Why? To provide information and expertise on the paleontological resources of southeastern Utah, an area that has been receiving intense scrutiny as one that needs additional protection for its natural and cultural resources. As a paleontologist who has spent almost all my career working … Read More