Kaia Michaelis Joins Museums of Western Colorado as Executive Director

The Museums of Western Colorado is pleased to announce that Kaia Michaelis has joined our organization as our new Executive Director. Kaia has been the Director of both the Utah Museum of Art and History and the Box Elder Museum of Natural History for the past eight years in Brigham City, Utah. She has been very successful in building community connections, improving programs, and expanding the financial and organizational capacity of these two institutions. Kaia … Read More

Western Slope Cowboy Gathering

Saved and Prospering! November 1 and 2, 2019 When everyone found out the Grand Junction Cowboy Gathering was not going to happen in 2016, Terry Nash, Nona Kelley Carver, and Peggy Malone said, “No way can this happen!” It was a real challenge to save it and rename it at the last minute. It is now called the Western Slope Cowboy Gathering! The Museums of Western Colorado and some loyal sponsors jumped in to help. … Read More

Rock the Way it Was!

Kicking off our History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua will be a concert featuring George Gray and the Elvis Experience Band on September 12 at Las Colonias Amphitheater. Please note: One sealed or empty water bottle to fill at fountain is permitted. Other outside food or beverages may not be brought into facility. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Limited number of chairs available first come, first serve, or bring your own chair. More … Read More

Hero Rick Arrives Just in Time to Save the Day!

It’s the end of dig season at Dinosaur Journey. We’ve taken down the tents, tarps, and tables, put away all the tools and shovels… but we had two more big jackets to bring into the museum. Usually, this is no problem. We have a very nice flatbed trailer (the decking was rebuilt this summer by volunteer Gary Verdick); we have great trucks to haul loads; and we have a crane hoist mounted on the trail … Read More

Planned Giving: Join the Legacy Society

Your generous donations, no matter what size of gift, support everything you love about the Museums of Western Colorado — especially the Museum’s ability to spark curiosity in all ages, generate awe, encourage exploration, and sustain a love of learning through exhibits and hands-on activities. MWC inspires all ages to experience and value our region through the collections and preservation of historical artifacts and fossil resources. The MWC had its earliest roots in 1949 when … Read More

Was Julia Child Really a Spy?

In 2008, the National Archives released 750,000 pages of previously classified personnel files from WWII, including 24,000 employees of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of today’s CIA. Julia McWilliams Child was on that list. Newspapers across America ran deliciously intriguing headlines such as “The Spy That Fed Me” and “Julia Child Cooked Up Double Life as a Spy.”  Well, she was a spy….sort of. Yes, she did work for the premiere intelligence … Read More

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua (formerly Two Rivers Chautauqua)

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua invites you to take a nostalgic look at the 1950s and 1960s, That’s the Way It Was: The Baby Boom Years. Join us in exploring the years before there was a Disneyland, before French cooking became a part of our culture, and when we all sat in front of our televisions to listen to “the most trusted man in America.” When it came to learning what was happening in our … Read More

Wish Granted

In July of this year, we had a very special family join our dig crew at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. The young, six-year old Vincenzo was battling cancer. It took a long time, but his doctor said it was okay for him to travel and the family reached out through a law firm to the museum – Vincenzo had a wish. He wanted to dig up a dinosaur. The firm was taking care of the family … Read More

Grand Valley History Players presents Abigail Adams

Join us for History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua, September 13 and 14. Find out more here. Abigail Adams presented by Jessica Downing-Ford I witnessed the birth of independence from Britain from my farm in Braintree, Massachusetts. My husband, John Adams—my “Dearest Friend”—was a lawyer, a patriot, and a public servant. His role in the founding of our country took him far from our farm for years at a time. In these absences I became the … Read More