Focus on Board Member Barbara Bowman

Barbara was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Recreation. She lived and worked in Germany for eight years and has traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and East Africa. Her work experience includes management and sales in the travel agency, hotel, and destination marketing industry segments. Barbara recently retired from Visit Grand Junction after 27 years. She now currently manages her … Read More

Proposed 2019 Board of Directors

The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) Board of Directors recommends the following slate of nomination to the Board for a three-year beginning January 22, 2019.    New Board Member Nominations Brad Keller, FCI Constructors, Inc., Vice President Grand Junction Operations FCI Constructors, Inc. has been a steadfast supporter of the MWC, so we are honored to put forward the proposed nomination of Brad Keller, one of FCI’s leaders for the future. Brad was born in … Read More

2018 Colorado Gives and the Year End Giving Campaign

We are extremely pleased and thankful to everyone who supported the Museums of Western Colorado during 2018 Colorado Gives Day and the Year End Giving Campaign. At press time, we were approaching a $50,000 total with the two combined—and more donations are still coming in. These donations are key to keeping the strength and effectiveness of the Museums of Western Colorado.  Thank you to the following donors: Numerous Anonymous Donors Judy and Don Allerheiligen Alpine … Read More

Thank you! 2018 Sponsors

The Grand Valley’s community has been extremely supportive the Museums of Western Colorado over the years. This was no different in 2018. Sponsorships in particular are key to museum fulfilling its missions. Because of these sponsorships, we were able to put in a new roof at Dinosaur Journey, build new exhibitions at Museum of the West, preserve community treasures in the Collections and Archives, make renovations at Cross Orchards, uncover more of Mesa County’s prehistoric … Read More

Seeking Nominations for the MWC’s Annual Heritage Awards

Nominations due January 31, 2019 Heritage Awards Ceremony, March 5, 2019 The Museums of Western Colorado’s (MWC) mission is to help the community preserve its heritage and tell its story. This is a significant undertaking. For this reason, the MWC relies on others in the community, either cooperatively or individually, to help fulfill this very important mission. It is an honor and privilege for the MWC to be able to recognize leaders and organizations who … Read More

Planned Giving: Join the Legacy Society

MAKE AN ESTATE GIFT TO Museums of Western Colorado. We all desire significance — to lead happy and fulfilled lives surrounded by family and friends. For many of us, there is a compelling need to make a difference — to leave a lasting impact on the people most dear to us and the world in which we live.  The quest for significance and desire to plan for the future leads many to ponder their legacy. … Read More

Trips and Tours 2019

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Passport to Adventure Trips and Tours.  The MWC has arranged 25 different adventures for our friends and members that will explore dinosaurs, birds, gems, rock art, ancient ruins, living Native American events, railroad history, agricultural heritage, famous Southwest cultural events, and more. Day journeys in Colorado include A Toast to the Rockies Historic Pub Crawl in Telluride tour as well as visit to the high altitude Ghost Town … Read More

Staff Spotlight – Erin Schmitz

Erin Schmitz, Curator of Collections and Archives, joined the Museums of Western Colorado in May 2105, bringing to the Museum her expertise in archives and archaeology. With two undergraduate degrees – a B.A. in History from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Anthropology from Metropolitan State College in Denver – as well as a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University, Schmitz was a perfect match for the sought-after position … Read More

Accreditation – The Museum Field’s Mark of Distinction

The Museums of Western Colorado is one of six museums in the state of Colorado that is Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and has held the museum field’s mark of distinction since 1971, when accreditation was first instated. Accreditation offers peer-based validation of a museum’s operations and impact and increases a museum’s credibility. It is a powerful tool to that helps facilitate loans between institutions as well as helping museums when applying for … Read More

New Exhibit Opens in January at Dinosaur Journey

We are excited to announce the opening of a new exhibit at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita this January: Jurassic Giant. This exhibit features the largest, most complete Apatosaurus femur (thigh bone) ever found. This massive, 6’ 4” long femur was discovered at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry by museum volunteers during a dino dig in 2010. After five summers of excavation, years of preparation in the Dinosaur Journey Paleo Lab, and careful planning, this massive bone is … Read More