Category Archives: Events

That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years – Julia Child

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua presents… David Skipper as Walt Disney Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite Karen Vuranch as Julia Child September 13 and 14   More details as we get closer to event date here. Julia Child and the Development of Academic Culinary Programs Karen Vuranch In 1961, Julia and Paul Child arrived back in the United States to live permanently. Except for a few years at the end of WWII, they had been … Read More

That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years – Walt Disney

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua presents… David Skipper as Walt Disney Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite Karen Vuranch as Julia Child September 13 and 14   More details as we get closer to event date here. Walt Disney: Dreamer of Dreams Walt Disney has become a legendary character of the twentieth century. So much has been written about him, and so much is inaccurate, that the legends often attained a currency that was not deserved. … Read More

Two Museum of the West Events-One Special Evening for Members

Museum of the West in Downtown Grand Junction June 13 • 5:30 pm Curator of History David Bailey will be signing his new book, Historic Mysteries of Western Colorado: Case Files from the Western Investigations Team, published by the History Press in Charleston, South Carolina. Bailey also serves as the Director of the Western Investigations Team and the book covers twelve different western mysteries the team has endeavored to solve using the latest scientific technology … Read More

Old Fossil Golf Tournament Update

On September 21, the Museums of Western Colorado and Family Health West hosted the Old Fossil Golf Tournament in collaboration with the Fruita Fall Festival. The tournament took place at Adobe Creek National Golf Course in Fruita. The weather was breezy and cool in the morning, but warmed up to be a fabulous day of golf for our participants. Many thanks to our title sponsors, Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services and Grand Junction Subaru. … Read More

Monster Mash 2018

Fall has arrived! It’s time for pumpkins, apple cider, and ghost and goblins! Halloween is coming soon, and what better monsters to trick or treat with than the dinosaurs at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita. Zane Matthews and the rest of the party crew from KOOL 107.9 will help us host Monster Mash 2018 at Dinosaur Journey on Wednesday, October 31 from 4:00-7:00 pm. Kids and parents can tour the dinosaur exhibits after hours (admission is … Read More

Calling all Authors and Book Aficionados!

Museum  of the West’s Annual Authors’ Party November 10 • 10 am-2 pm The Museum of the West, a division of the Museums of Western Colorado, is hosting our annual Authors’ Party and book signing event, featuring the best of regional authors, on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 10 am to 2 pm, in the Museum of the West lobby. We are looking for regional authors with recently published books to come to our event. … Read More

Earth Science Week 2018

The Museums of Western Colorado, Colorado Canyons Association, Colorado National Monument, and Eureka! McConnell Science Museum have teamed up to bring you a week-long series of educational experiences to the Grand Valley for this year’s Earth Science Week (October 14-20, 2018). Earth Science Week was established in 1998 by the American Geosciences Institute to promote education and outreach. This year’s theme for Earth Science Week is “Earth as Inspiration.” A variety of FREE, public activities … Read More

2018 Chatauquans – The Legendary Ladies’ Kathy Swafford as Ellis Meredith

Ellis Meredith (1865-1955) Imagine a petite young woman, spirited, vivacious, with a brilliant mind and quick grasp of fundamentals – and you will see Ellis Meredith as described by her peers and opponents. Her organizing abilities and powers of persuasion were instrumental in Colorado women obtaining the vote in 1893, making it the first state in which men voted for woman suffrage. As a journalist, Ellis Meredith advocated for woman suffrage and temperance in her … Read More

2018 Chautauquans – The Legendary Ladies’ Linda Gleichmann as Emily Griffith

Emily Griffith (1868-1947) Emily Griffith, pioneer educator, believed everyone deserved an education regardless of age, race, gender, or background. Education was the way out of poverty. She dreamed of a school, supported by the Denver Board of Education, where children and adults could come to learn during the day or night. In 1916, her dream came true. She named it, The Opportunity School. Emily heard how some citizens feared the new immigrants who flooded into … Read More

2018 Chautauquans – The Legendary Ladies’ Joyce Nelson as Dr. Susan Anderson

Dr. Susan Anderson (1870-1960) Gravely ill from an incurable disease, Dr. Susan Anderson made a last ditch effort to survive. During the winter of 1907, she moved to the mountain town of Fraser, Colorado, into a tiny shack next to the railroad tracks. Every clear day, she dragged her cot outside and snuggled under quilts piled high. She breathed in the frigid mountain air and soaked up the healing sunshine, ridding her lungs of tuberculosis. … Read More