Category Archives: In the Community

2017 Chautauquans: The Legendary Ladies ~ Helen Hunt Jackson

Helen Hunt (1830-1885) was already a critically acclaimed author when, at 43, she moved to Colorado Springs in hopes that the dry air would heal her lungs of consumption. She explored the mountains, married William Jackson, and wrote poems and stories about the West.  Inspired by Chief Standing Bear’s speech she heard in Omaha, Nebraska, she became caught up in the cause of helping the Indians and wrote Century of Dishonor. Named Special Commissioner to the Mission Indians in … Read More

2017 Chautauquans: The Legendary Ladies ~ Mary Rippon

Mary Rippon(1850-1935) was highly educated in spite of not coming from a background of wealth. Her father died when she was quite young and she inherited the farm; when the farm was sold, the proceeds of the sale were used to pay for her extensive education.  Mary was the first woman professor at the fledgling University of Colorado in 1878. She was a member of the original faculty. At that time, there were few women … Read More

2017 Chautauquans: The Legendary Ladies ~ Katharine Lee Bates

Thanks to a mother who valued education, Katharine Lee Bates grew up loving words and knowledge. She became a professor of literature at her alma mater, Wellesley College, and a prolific writer. In her quest for knowledge, she traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East. But it was her Grand Tour of America in 1893 that eventually sealed her name in the hearts of Americans. During her trip from the civilized East to the enchanting … Read More

2017 Chautauquans: The Legendary Ladies ~ Josie Bassett

Josie Bassett (1874-1964) was raised on a cattle ranch in Brown’s Park, CO.  Her mother taught her skills of riding, roping, shooting, raising cattle and a strong-willed independence.  The Bassetts lived in a world where the small ranchers battled the large cattle barons that had the political powers behind them. Josie learned at an early age that to survive, they must take beef with an outsider’s brand.  When lands near Jensen, UT opened up for … Read More

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

F.A.R.M.

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