2017 Chautauquans: George Frein as Mark Twain

Mark Twain When Mark Twain married into high, back-East society in 1870 he gave up drinking and smoking and swearing. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t entirely successful.   Twain was a westerner by birth – Missouri was the western frontier in 1835. He was a westerner by occupation –  he piloted steamships on the Mississippi. He was a westerner by choice – he fled across the Great Plains and over the Rockies to escape being … Read More

2017 Chautauquans: Karen Vuranch as Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder When Laura Ingalls Wilder began writing the series of books chronicling her life, she had no way of knowing the tremendous popularity these books would enjoy. Fondly referred to as The Little House books, the stories of Laura’s experience homesteading in the American West have endured through the decades and continue to hold a place dear in the hearts of American readers. But, a further study of the life of Laura Ingalls … Read More

2017 Chautauquans: Nan Colton as Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) was one of the first female American painters to achieve worldwide acclaim from critics and the general public. She is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.  During her marriage to Alfred Stieglitz (an internationally known photographer) Georgia lived and painted in New York while spending summers at his family’s retreat at Lake George, New York. Then in 1929 she discovered New Mexico. The magnificently colored landscapes … Read More

Thank You to our Sponsors, January – June 2017

The Museums of Western Colorado would like to thank our sponsors for their continued generosity. Only with the ongoing support from these people, groups and companies can the museum continue to fulfill our mission to discover, preserve and share the rich history of the Grand Valley. When you get a chance, please say thank you to any of these great companies, organizations, and people. We are looking forward seeing you and our sponsors at our … Read More

Staff News

Carly Jones recently joined the Museums of Western Colorado staff team as Education and Volunteer Coordinator. Jones, who served as an intern with the Museum in Summer 2016, will continue the Museum’s work with District 51 and other school districts in the region to synchronize academic curriculum with the experiential opportunities provided at all three Museum sites. She also will coordinate the dozens of volunteers involved in a variety of capacities at the three facilities … Read More

Two Rivers Chautauqua: “Western Voices” Event Schedule

Friday August 18 Community Presentations – Free to the Public Mesa County Libraries, Main Branch: 10:00 to 11:00 am Legendary Ladies: Straight Out of Colorado’s History, Announcer: Joyce Nelson Josie Bassett, Rancher & Rustler, Portrayed by Judie Hinton Helen Hunt Jackson, Indian Rights Advocate, Portrayed by Gretchen Payne Mary Rippon, University of Colorado’s first female professor, Portrayed by Charlene Pazar Katharine Lee Bates, Author of a Beloved American Song, Portrayed by Kyle Neidt    Colorado … Read More

Corporate Spotlight: Whitewater Hill Vineyards – June 2017

A special highlight of attending an exhibit opening or other special event at a Museums of Western Colorado site is enjoying a complimentary glass of wine from Whitewater Hill Vineyards. Through the generous sponsorship of Whitewater Hill, Museum patrons and guests regularly enjoy one of 19 different award-winning wines, all made from 100% locally-grown grapes. “We really admire the Museums of Western Colorado and what they’re doing,” says co-owner Nancy Janes. “We want to do … Read More

Campo del Cielo Meteorite Now on Display

There is a new touchable exhibit at Dinosaur Journey: a 119-lb. iron-nickel meteorite from Argentina. One of many fragments of a much larger meteorite, this piece was collected from Campo del Cielo (Spanish for “Field of the Sky”) in northern Argentina. The original meteorite fell to earth about 4,500 years ago and is estimated, based on the size and number of fragments, to have been 12 feet wide and weighed 800 tons. This meteorite was … Read More


Starting June 14 Wednesday & Saturday mornings, 7:30 am-Noon Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road   A farm and ranch market run by farmers and ranchers to bring high quality, local produce to the Grand Valley community. FARM works with the Museums of Western Colorado to celebrate the heritage of the past, while enjoying today’s delicious harvest. More about F.A.R.M. here