Category Archives: Cross Orchards Historic Site

Cross Orchards Events

Car Show For the first time in more than a decade, Cross Orchards will host a car show! The Museums of Western Colorado, in conjunction with local community members, is restoring this cherished event. The show will take place on May 20. There will be numerous classic muscle cars, trucks, tractors, and motorcycles, as well as some truly exceptional and one-of-a-kind vehicles. It is sure to be fun for the whole family! Summer Concert Series … Read More

Museum Summer Camps

Robert Gay, Curator of Museum Education Taylor Barnett, Cross Orchards Site Manager The Museums of Western Colorado has a long history of providing hands-on educational opportunities to the youth of the Grand Valley. These have ranged from single-day camps at Cross Orchards to week-length experiences around the Grand Valley and the region. This summer the Museums of Western Colorado is proud to announce that we are expanding our offerings going into summer 2017. This year … Read More

Museum Education Class Review

Museums of Western Colorado Education Department Day one of the museum class went overwhelming well. We had more educationeers than had originally signed up for the class. The excitement level was high, and everyone was eager to learn about everything that the Museums of Western Colorado has to offer our community. Our Executive Director Dr. Peter Booth talked to us a bit about his background, shared with us a few historical artifacts, and even let … Read More

Museum Education Class

When most people in the Grand Valley think about their local heritage, what do they think of? Do they think of the Museums of Western Colorado? Or do they think of one of our sites, such as Cross Orchards Historic Site or the Museum of the West? Many people who walk through the door of Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita are not aware that it, too, is under the umbrella of the Museums of Western … Read More

Gift Shop News

  The featured items from the gift shop are our Cross Orchards’ Cross Times Cookin’ cookbook and our Dinosaur Journey blankets. The Cross Orchards Cross Times Cookin’ cookbook is a collection of hundreds of recipes donated by volunteers all gathered into a beautifully constructed book. The recipes vary from historic apple-oriented recipes for any meal to potluck recipes sure to fill even the hungriest of groups. Included are little glimpses of history from the 100-year-old … Read More

Character Forged in Conflict – Young Chautauquans

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2016 This year we have four Young Chautauquans who will present at our evening performances along with our professional Chautauquans. For more information and the event schedule, please go here.   Friday, September 16     Ashton Call as General George S. Patton Military genius, legend, warrior, egotist, conqueror, and bully are all descriptors used to describe General George Patton. WWII provides a panoramic backdrop as Ashton Call, 8th grader at Caprock Academy, exposes Patton’s flair and … Read More

Digging Up the Past: Part II

When last we spoke, CMU’s archaeological field school finished their initial exploration of the mysterious building on the western side of Cross Orchards. After a brief reprieve from the site to perform archaeological tests elsewhere in western Colorado, the students were back and ready to fulfill the second half of their mission: the foundation of the old silo. The silo was potentially an untapped treasure trove of historic artifacts. This area was previously recommended for … Read More

Character Forged in Conflict – Abraham Lincoln

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2016 Abraham Lincoln: The Power of the Spoken Word Portrayed by George Frein, Ph.D. Everybody knows that Abraham Lincoln was President during the Civil War. It is not so well known that he spent most of his time and energy while in office as a writer and orator. His words were the chief power of his administration. He labored over his speeches, knowing that not getting his words right would cost men … Read More

Character Forged in Conflict – Eleanor Roosevelt

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2016 Hammering Out Human Rights: Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations Portrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak Besides being the longest serving First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. One of her biggest challenges was as the US Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. In this capacity, President Truman dubbed her the “First Lady of the World.” Eleanor Roosevelt speaks of the … Read More

Character Forged In Conflict – Jefferson Davis

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2016 Jefferson Davis: Patriot or Traitor? Portrayed by Doug A. Mishler Vilified in the south for decades as a coward and tyrant who lost the war for General Lee; damned for a century as the quintessential evil slave owner and one of America’s great traitors, Jefferson Davis is a character who has always generated more passion than insight. While a simple man in many ways, Davis was also remarkable. Davis graduated from … Read More