Category Archives: In the Community

Guess Who’s Coming to Chautauqua?

It’s almost time for our 2019 Chautauqua! We have a new name – History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua. We also have a new logo.  Most importantly, we have a great theme – That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years. That is sure to have us strolling down memory lane. Mark your calendars now for September 13 and 14 as we bring three icons from our past to life. Walt Disney, Julia Child, and … Read More

MWC’s Diner’s Club

Citrolas Italian Grill is showing their appreciation to the Museums of Western Colorado with a wonderful offer to our MWC members. Enjoy some of their delightful Italian cuisine, show your MWC membership card, and receive 20% off your entrée. You will find Citrolas at 759 Horizon. Special thanks to Kristi and John Citrola. Enjoy!!!  

Teacher Professional Development at Museum of the West

The Education Coordinator for Museums of Western Colorado has been working with School District 51 K-12 Social Studies Curriculum and Learning Design Specialist, Jessica Miley, to host teacher professional development classes at Museum of the West. The purpose of these classes is to educate 3rd and 4th grade teachers from the district about the resources available to them at the Museum. Each of the four sessions focuses on a different traveling museum kit that is … Read More

2019 Museums of Western Colorado Heritage Award Winners

The Museums of Western Colorado’s (MWC) mission is to help the community preserve its heritage and tell its story. However, this is a huge undertaking. For this reason, the MWC appreciates those who have contributed significantly to the community by preserving, researching, and supporting our historical and paleontological legacy. On March 5, the MWC presented the follow honorees with the 2019 MWC Heritage Awards: 2019 Archaeological Award: This award recognizes distinguished and long-term contributions by … 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

Museum Day 2018

For the second year, we are excited to be part of Smithsonian magazine’s annual program, Museum Day! Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Get your two free tickets for Dinosaur Journey and Museum of the … 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

Kids Take Over at the Museum

Summer Camp! Two words that bring back memories for many of us. This summer, the Museums of Western Colorado teamed up with a number of great organizations to bring summer camp to some special kids from around the Valley. As the final part of the BLM grant that brought you our amazing new websites (http://westerncoheritagejr.org/ and http://www.westerncoloradoheritage.org/), we hosted free Explore-It Summer Camps for Riverside Educational Center, Girl Scouts, and Mesa County Partners. With the … Read More

Downtown Grand Junction Historic Plaques Project

Museums of Western Colorado’s Curator of History David Bailey completed researching, writing text, and finding historic photographs for thirty-three historic buildings designated by the Grand Junction Historic Preservation Board. Bailey was assisted by the Loyd Files Research Library’s Curator of Collections and Archives, Erin Schmitz, and library volunteers Marie Tipping and Garry Brewer. Local Historian Priscilla Mangnall also assisted with building research and historic photographs. Mike Kelly of Your Sign Company created the plaque mockups … Read More

Museum, Colorado Mesa University Enjoy Longstanding, Productive Partnership

  Two of Western Colorado’s largest and most acclaimed institutions — Museums of Western Colorado and Colorado Mesa University (CMU) — have, for decades, maintained a strong and ever-evolving relationship that has grown the impact and credibility of each. “Our cooperative arrangement connects the goals and curriculum of CMU with the local resources provided by the Museum,” says Museum Executive Director Peter Booth. “This greatly enriches both institutions and, in turn, enhances CMU students’ education … Read More