Category Archives: Museums of Western Colorado

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

MWC For Free!

MWC For FREE at Dinosaur Journey Museum Come to Fruita and re-discover the ancient world of the dinosaurs for FREE on Wednesday nights! Dinosaur Journey is proud to announce that we will begin staying open late on Wednesday evenings, starting March 15. We will be open until 7 pm on Wednesdays. Each night will feature special activities that are FREE and open to the public. In addition, all admissions after our normal closing time (4 … Read More

Discover Together

by Peter Booth, Executive Director I recently had a conversation with staff about Museums of Western Colorado’s strengths. While I personally am proud of our exhibits, trips and digs, archives and collections, volunteers and plenty more, the discussion made it clear to us that one of our greatest strengths is our many partnerships in the community. The MWC truly is a community-based museum. We were created by the community, and continue to be both strengthened … Read More

Loss of a Friend…

We are sad to report the loss of a dear friend of the Museums of Western Colorado, Peter Mygatt. Pete died in his home in Boise, ID on Feb. 23. He was 90 years old. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, journalist, photographer, miner, forest firefighter, car enthusiast and amateur paleontologist, Pete loved exploration and the road less-travelled. In 1981, while hiking with his wife, Marilyn, and friends J.D. and Vanetta Moore, they discovered … Read More

Oral History Collection Update

The Oral History Collection, housed in the Loyd Files Research Library and Marie Tipping Archives, holds a wealth of information on Mesa County because it is told by the people who lived during the events that shaped the county. Housed on cassette tapes, it is difficult to listen to in its current format because there is a considerable amount of background noise on many of them, which can make it difficult to understand what is … Read More

Museum Summer Camps

Robert Gay, Curator of Museum Education Taylor Barnett, Cross Orchards Site Manager The Museums of Western Colorado has a long history of providing hands-on educational opportunities to the youth of the Grand Valley. These have ranged from single-day camps at Cross Orchards to week-length experiences around the Grand Valley and the region. This summer the Museums of Western Colorado is proud to announce that we are expanding our offerings going into summer 2017. This year … Read More

Museum Education Class Review

Museums of Western Colorado Education Department Day one of the museum class went overwhelming well. We had more educationeers than had originally signed up for the class. The excitement level was high, and everyone was eager to learn about everything that the Museums of Western Colorado has to offer our community. Our Executive Director Dr. Peter Booth talked to us a bit about his background, shared with us a few historical artifacts, and even let … Read More

Colorado Gives Update

Colorado Gives Update: Thanks for your support The MWC enjoyed a banner year with the Colorado Gives Campaign. There was 15 percent increase in the number of donors and they collectively donated $33,635, which is a 14 percent increase over last year. This is also the highest amount the MWC has ever received via Colorado Gives. Thanks to your support, the MWC received $1,066 from the statewide incentive fund.  2016 Colorado Gives Donors 6 Anonymous … Read More

5th Annual Heritage Awards

Museums of Western Colorado to Host 5th Annual Heritage Awards The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) will honor the recipients of the 2017 Annual Heritage Awards on March 7, 2017. The Heritage Awards celebrate the contributions of community members toward fulfilling the Museum’s mission of discovering, preserving, and sharing the heritage of the Grand Valley. The MWC relies on others in the community, either in cooperation with the museum or individually, to help fulfill this … 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