2018 Heritage Awards

It is with great pleasure that the Museums of Western Colorado recognizes outstanding individuals and groups for their contributions toward preserving our community’s heritage at the Sixth Annual Heritage Awards, hosted at the Museum of the West. We are pleased to announce winners in the following categories: Archeological Award Glade V. Hadden George Callison Paleontological Award Dr. Rodney Scheetz Historian Award Dr. Steve Schulte Steve and Denise Hight Preservation Award Leslie “Bill” Ellicott Heritage Enterprise … Read More

Horns & Frills

Chances are that if Triceratops was not your favorite dinosaur when you were a kid, you knew someone whose it was. But did you know that Triceratops was just one of many? It belongs to the group Ceratopsia, and it is very diverse! These giant animals once covered the open plains of North America and Asia in vast herds of spectacular variety, like the antelope on the plains of the Serengeti today. On May 18 … Read More

Original Placerville Post Office Exhibition

Museums of Western Colorado employees are in the process of installing the original Placerville, Colorado Post Office, used in San Miguel County from 1934 to 1986. The museum acquired the post office in 1986, and the installation will complete the early town exhibition in the Museum of the West which includes the Park Opera house, a rural one-room school house, and the Pastime saloon from the same era. Visitors can enjoy the newly installed façade … Read More

Museum and BLM Partnership

Since 2014, the Museums of Western Colorado and the Bureau of Land Management have been working on developing a joint website to showcase digital exhibitions and to share information about collections with the public. The BLM grant funding the project provided resources to build a professional website and a children’s website, offer a series of educational camps for children, and design an educational kit to be used by the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center. The … Read More

Museums of Western Colorado to Host Guest Lecture on 200-Million-Year-Old Utah Dinosaur Fossil 

Join the Museums of Western Colorado’s guest lecturer Rob Gay, Director of Education for the Colorado Canyons Association (CCA), as he presents new findings on a fossil identified as the oldest dinosaur bone found in the State of Utah. This guest lecture will be held at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita on March 9 at 7 pm, free of charge, and will highlight the results of an article published in the Utah Geological Association’s journal Geology of the Intermountain West that identifies this fossil from the Late Triassic Period (220-200 million years ago).   The collaborative efforts of three paleontologists – Xavier Jenkins with Arizona State University’s … Read More

In Memoriam

We lost a great friend of the Museum recently. Ann Buelow was a friend to many and a loyal volunteer. Before her tenure at the museum, she was an army nurse stationed at a MASH unit in Vietnam. In the 1990s, she took on a volunteer position at what was then Dinosaur Valley in downtown Grand Junction. But that wasn’t enough to keep her busy. She soon took on volunteer roles at each of our … Read More

Theft of the Don-Mobile at Dinosaur Journey

On Saturday, February 3, a 1993 Dodge Dakota truck was stolen from the Museums of Western Colorado’s Dinosaur Journey, a truck that was a key tool in the museum’s mission and efforts to discover and excavate fossils from paleontological sites such as the Mygatt-Moore Quarry in Rabbit Valley near the Utah border. This truck played a significant role in transporting water, equipment and tools to the dig sites, which are often in remote areas, and … Read More

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