Category Archives: From the Director

Focus on Board Member Barbara Bowman

Barbara was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Recreation. She lived and worked in Germany for eight years and has traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and East Africa. Her work experience includes management and sales in the travel agency, hotel, and destination marketing industry segments. Barbara recently retired from Visit Grand Junction after 27 years. She now currently manages her … Read More

Proposed 2019 Board of Directors

The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) Board of Directors recommends the following slate of nomination to the Board for a three-year beginning January 22, 2019.    New Board Member Nominations Brad Keller, FCI Constructors, Inc., Vice President Grand Junction Operations FCI Constructors, Inc. has been a steadfast supporter of the MWC, so we are honored to put forward the proposed nomination of Brad Keller, one of FCI’s leaders for the future. Brad was born in … Read More

2018 Colorado Gives and the Year End Giving Campaign

We are extremely pleased and thankful to everyone who supported the Museums of Western Colorado during 2018 Colorado Gives Day and the Year End Giving Campaign. At press time, we were approaching a $50,000 total with the two combined—and more donations are still coming in. These donations are key to keeping the strength and effectiveness of the Museums of Western Colorado.  Thank you to the following donors: Numerous Anonymous Donors Judy and Don Allerheiligen Alpine … Read More

Thank you! 2018 Sponsors

The Grand Valley’s community has been extremely supportive the Museums of Western Colorado over the years. This was no different in 2018. Sponsorships in particular are key to museum fulfilling its missions. Because of these sponsorships, we were able to put in a new roof at Dinosaur Journey, build new exhibitions at Museum of the West, preserve community treasures in the Collections and Archives, make renovations at Cross Orchards, uncover more of Mesa County’s prehistoric … Read More

Seeking Nominations for the MWC’s Annual Heritage Awards

Nominations due January 31, 2019 Heritage Awards Ceremony, March 5, 2019 The Museums of Western Colorado’s (MWC) mission is to help the community preserve its heritage and tell its story. This is a significant undertaking. For this reason, the MWC relies on others in the community, either cooperatively or individually, to help fulfill this very important mission. It is an honor and privilege for the MWC to be able to recognize leaders and organizations who … Read More

Trips and Tours 2019

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Passport to Adventure Trips and Tours.  The MWC has arranged 25 different adventures for our friends and members that will explore dinosaurs, birds, gems, rock art, ancient ruins, living Native American events, railroad history, agricultural heritage, famous Southwest cultural events, and more. Day journeys in Colorado include A Toast to the Rockies Historic Pub Crawl in Telluride tour as well as visit to the high altitude Ghost Town … Read More

New Education and Volunteer Coordinator

The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) is proud to introduce our new Education and Volunteer Coordinator—Stephanie Lukowski It was a difficult choice with several very qualified candidates. We even had applications coming from as far away as Argentina and Cyprus. Stephanie rose to the top and her skills and experience as an educator will be a very valuable asset for our museum.  Stephanie is a paleontologist and museum educator who comes to us from the … Read More

Introducing Our New Site Logos: Unique but Unified

We are proud to introduce to our members and friends the new logo designs for Cross Orchards, Dinosaur Journey, Museum of the West, and Loyd Files Research Library. These are not replacing the current Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) logo. On the contrary, the intent is to help strengthen the image of the MWC as well as bring positive attention to each of the unique sites. The MWC museum facilities—Cross Orchards, Dinosaur Journey, Museum of … Read More

Planned Giving

Gift to the Museum from Bonnie and Leland Cofer The Museums of Western Colorado recently received a nice donation from Bonnie J. and Leland E. Cofer’s Trust. This is a nice gift and we very much wanted to share the news of the donation with the MWC members. Leland moved to Grand Junction in 1923 with his family when he was two-years old. He grew up on an Orchard Mesa farm, went to Lincoln Elementary … 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