Category Archives: In the Community

Two Rivers Chautauqua: “Western Voices” Event Schedule

Friday August 18 Community Presentations – Free to the Public Mesa County Libraries, Main Branch: 10:00 to 11:00 am Legendary Ladies: Straight Out of Colorado’s History, Announcer: Joyce Nelson Josie Bassett, Rancher & Rustler, Portrayed by Judie Hinton Helen Hunt Jackson, Indian Rights Advocate, Portrayed by Gretchen Payne Mary Rippon, University of Colorado’s first female professor, Portrayed by Charlene Pazar Katharine Lee Bates, Author of a Beloved American Song, Portrayed by Kyle Neidt    Colorado … Read More


Starting June 14 Wednesday & Saturday mornings, 7:30 am-Noon Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road   A farm and ranch market run by farmers and ranchers to bring high quality, local produce to the Grand Valley community. FARM works with the Museums of Western Colorado to celebrate the heritage of the past, while enjoying today’s delicious harvest. More about F.A.R.M. here

Auto Fest 2017

May 20  • 9 am-4 pm $5 per person This is a fun family event for everyone to come and enjoy. We are inviting all types of vehicles including hot rods, muscle cars, vintage travel trailers, motorcycles, trucks, rat rods, customs, and more. If you have that special car that you would like to show off, come on down. Registration from 7-9 am; the show is 9 am-4 pm. There is a planned cruise along … Read More

The Value of NEH to Museums

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are critical to museums’ ability to serve their communities as economic and educational assets. They support museums as institutions of learning and exploration, and as keepers of our cultural, historical, and scientific heritages. These programs teach essential skills such as creativity, critical thinking, and effective communication. NEH funds humanities councils in every state and U.S. territory. These councils sponsor family … Read More

Collaboration with Fruita Monument High School

As Curator of Education I take the job of involving the youth of today in our Museums seriously. Even before coming to work for the Museums I was ensuring that tomorrow’s leaders saw the value and importance in museums and research through a high school paleontology program. I am proud to announce that this idea is now being carried forward here in the Grand Valley. In the fall of 2016, I began working with Billy … 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

January Oral History Program

January 19 • Noon – 1 pm Whitman Educational Center 248 S. Fourth St.   Our January Oral History will be about the history of Mesa County Libraries from its early days to its current 8 branch system. The program will be presented by Joseph Sanchez, director of Mesa County Libraries. Bring your lunch and bring a friend. Coffee and cookies and will be served. For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here. … Read More

MWC at Glade Park’s “Movies Under the Stars”

Join the Museums of Western Colorado at Movies Under the Stars in Glade Park on July 15th and July 22nd. “It’s a Grand Junction tradition for families to drive up from Grand Junction to cool off, eat at the grill, and watch a family movie under the bright and plentiful stars,” said Peter Booth. Thanks to museum supporter, Joyce Owens, this is the third summer that we have had an opportunity to participate.  On both … Read More

Experience Fruita’s Southside

The Dinosaur Journey Museum has been working with neighboring businesses to promote events, activities, and commerce south of Interstate 70 in Fruita. In addition to networking among the individual businesses, the group has formally organized themselves under the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce as the Southside Marketplace in 2016. The Southside Marketplace will host the third annual Family Fun Fair on July 3rd as a family-friendly festival preceding the city’s fireworks display at the James … Read More