Category Archives: Museum of the West

Western Writers of America

Curator of History David Bailey has been inducted into the Western Writers of America. Bailey was accepted as an active member because of his extensive collection of published material and work on the American West. Distinguished members include Rudolfo Anaya, Edward Abbey, Clint Eastwood, and historian Robert Utley. The group was founded in 1953 to promote writing about the American West and to bestow Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the Western field. The founders … Read More

US Bank’s Fifth Annual Heritage Rendezvous

Out of Place and Time: Unusual and Strange Artifacts Found in Institutional Collections  We are looking forward to our fifth annual Heritage Rendezvous sponsored by U.S. Bank. The Museum of the West will again be hosting this annual tradition celebrating the unique heritage of the Western Slope.  This year’s theme is Out of Place and Time: Unusual and Strange Artifacts Found in Institutional Collections. The artifacts in the exhibition include a prayer bell encapsulated by … 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

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

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

Hidden Photographic Treasures From Our Past: Historic Photo Contest – Reminder

The Museum of the West and the Loyd Files Research Library are reminding the community to share your best local photographs from the past for our historic photo contest, through August 3. Participants’ photos will be used as part of an exhibit at the Museum of the West between October – December, and winners will be chosen in August with first, second, and third place prizes being awarded. “We are encouraging community members to take … Read More

Hidden Photographic Treasures From our Past: Museum to Host Historic Photo Contest

To coincide with National Historic Preservation Month, the Museum of the West and the Loyd Files Research Library are asking the community to dust off your scrapbooks and show us your best local photographs from the past for our historic photo contest, May 4 through August 3. Participants’ photos will be used as part of an exhibit at the Museum of the West between October – December, and winners will be chosen in August with … Read More

New Spring Exhibits and Free Day for National Museum Month

On May 12, we will officially open the historic Placerville Post Office. The post office 1930s façade has been carefully restored and has a special viewing window where you can peer into the past and see the postmistress hard at work in the 1930s period postal room. The new Western Investigations Team exhibit, Western Colorado Mysteries: Case Files from the Western Investigations Team (WIT), will include how the WIT team found Grand Junction town founder … Read More

Placerville Post Office

One of the largest artifacts in the Museum of the West’s history collections is the Placerville Post Office. The post office was acquired by the Museum from the town of Placerville, Colorado, in 1986. The first Placerville Post Office opened in 1878 in the home of Elizabeth Benson, the first postmaster. Postmasters in those days often opened up post offices in their own homes. In 1933, Grace Estep became the postmaster of the post office … Read More

Original Placerville Post Office Exhibition

Museums of Western Colorado employees are in the process of installing the original Placerville, Colorado Post Office, used in San Miguel County from 1934 to 1986. The museum acquired the post office in 1986, and the installation will complete the early town exhibition in the Museum of the West which includes the Park Opera house, a rural one-room school house, and the Pastime saloon from the same era. Visitors can enjoy the newly installed façade … Read More