Category Archives: Museum of the West

Kaia Michaelis Joins Museums of Western Colorado as Executive Director

The Museums of Western Colorado is pleased to announce that Kaia Michaelis has joined our organization as our new Executive Director. Kaia has been the Director of both the Utah Museum of Art and History and the Box Elder Museum of Natural History for the past eight years in Brigham City, Utah. She has been very successful in building community connections, improving programs, and expanding the financial and organizational capacity of these two institutions. Kaia … Read More

Gone Fishing…

We were sad to say goodbye to our Head of Maintenance, Don Kerven, who retired from the Museum in June. Don has been with the Museum for over 20 years. He built the Uranium Mine and the bar in the Saloon exhibit at Museum of the West, he kept our robotic dinosaurs operational at Dinosaur Journey, he kept his eyes on our air conditioners, vehicles, roofs, boilers, and every other piece of mechanical equipment. Don … Read More

Two Museum of the West Events-One Special Evening for Members

Museum of the West in Downtown Grand Junction June 13 • 5:30 pm Curator of History David Bailey will be signing his new book, Historic Mysteries of Western Colorado: Case Files from the Western Investigations Team, published by the History Press in Charleston, South Carolina. Bailey also serves as the Director of the Western Investigations Team and the book covers twelve different western mysteries the team has endeavored to solve using the latest scientific technology … Read More

Pacomio Chacon: Aspen Tree Artist

In the late 1840s, thousands of young Basque men migrated from Europe to the American West. Many of the men found employment as sheep herders. The herders would take the sheep to the high country in the summer to graze among the aspen trees. To pass the time they made carvings on aspen trees, known as arborglyphs. One of the famous of these Basque aspen artists was Pacomio Chacon. He was born near Coyote, New … Read More

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: 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