Museums of Western Colorado 2018 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 January 23, 2018.  New Board Member Nominations Frank Ladd, IOM Bio, AffinityPlus, formerly Head, Fruita Chamber of Commerce Frank and his wife Brenda moved to the Western Slope of Colorado the summer of 1994 from southwestern Illinois where they both grew up and attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Frank is a … Read More

Calling All Budding Adult Chautauquans

At our annual Two Rivers Chautauqua over the years, many adults have come to us wondering if there was an opportunity for them to learn how to bring a character to life. In answer to these requests and inquiries, we are organizing an Adult Chautauqua workshop. This is your opportunity to be a historian and a thespian. This is your opportunity to discover more about the past in a way which truly brings it to … Read More

Orchard Renewal Project

Cross Orchards Historic Site might be closed for the season but, as on all farms, there is work to be done all year round. One current project is our orchard renewal. We are locating irrigation pipes, clearing them of debris. Mesa Conservation District collected soil samples from 9 locations. When the tests come back we will make further plans for the orchard renewal. One of the nurseries we will be getting trees from this spring … Read More

Thank You to Those Who Gave Via Colorado Gives

The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) survives due to the support of others. Ours is truly a community based organization—that was true in 1966 when the doors first opened and it is true today. This not only has to do with the programs and events, exhibitions and collections—but also in raising the funds that keeps the various museum sites operating day-to-day. The Annual Fund Drive donations are still coming in at the writing of this heartfelt note … Read More

A Word from the Director

Reflection on 2017 Welcome to 2018. We at the Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) are looking forward to a very good year filled with exciting events and exhibitions that you are sure to enjoy. I would like to begin for a moment, however, to reflect on 2017. Overall, this has been a great year for the MWC. Some of the highlights were our well-done exhibitions, including the Smithsonian’s Titanoboa at Dinosaur Journey and David Bailey’s … Read More

Changes Are in the Air

Carla Hatch Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. –George Bernard Shaw Most of you know that members and donors are extremely important to the operations of the Museums of Western Colorado. Without you, we would be in trouble! We are hoping to make it easier in 2018 (and beyond) to get your memberships and donations processed with a new cloud based program. We will be implementing … Read More

The Importance of Research at the Museums of Western Colorado

David P. Bailey, Director of the Western Investigations Team/Curator of History The Museums of Western Colorado staff is always busy creating new programming, offering history and science events to the public, and creating new exhibits. However, the backbone of all these endeavors is research. Our museum curators conduct original research at all our museum facilities. This research comes in many forms such as helping an author with a new book, finding information on an historical artifact, … Read More

Boy on a Bike, a Snapshot in Time

Shown is a photograph, a window in time, at 5th and Rood Street. A boy rides by the camera lens of local photographer, Frank Dean, in the distant past of Grand Junction, Colorado. A study of the undated picture inclines one to wonder of that boy and the people caught in time of days long gone. We see the day is clear for the photographer to set up his camera and catch the boy as … Read More

Support the Museums of Western Colorado on Colorado Gives Day!

Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, is taking place on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours. When you donate to the Museums of Western Colorado, you’re helping us inspire the community to preserve its heritage and tell its story. Please help us reach our goal of 50 donations via Colorado Gives. Thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund from Community First … Read More

2018 Trips and Tours Spotlight

Great American Cities: Chicago August 6-11 • Register by July 6 Explore one of America’s great cities, historic Chicago. We will journey to the Windy City and explore its rich art and architecture, museums; tour Wrigley Field; discover the world of infamous mobsters and gangsters like Al Capone; and, of course, visit our own Grand Valley legend, Brachiosaurus, at the Field Museum of Natural History, excavated from Riggs Hill in 1900. Come with us and … Read More