Category Archives: Museums of Western Colorado

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!!!  

Planned Giving: Join the Legacy Society

The Facts about Planned Giving If you hear “planned giving” and think it is only for people older or wealthier than you – or that it is just too confusing – you are not alone. Planned Giving is for people of all ages and economic statuses, and it doesn’t not have to be confusing or difficult! The following are common planned giving misconceptions: #1. Planned gifts are complicated and confusing. There are many types of … Read More

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

Robert Elliott, Museum Service Award 2019

Words from Robert Elliott, Recognized for his Service I started intermittent volunteering somewhere around 2008, after Beverly (my wife) and I journeyed to Egypt, with a museum sponsored trip led by Mike Perry. We made several new friends one of which, Rosario Gomez of Mexico, helped us repatriate a rare book back to the National Museum in Mexico City. I found a longtime friend, Phil Born, worked here also. Because I had an interest in … 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

Focus on Board Member Barbara Bowman

Barbara was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Recreation. She lived and worked in Germany for eight years and has traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and East Africa. Her work experience includes management and sales in the travel agency, hotel, and destination marketing industry segments. Barbara recently retired from Visit Grand Junction after 27 years. She now currently manages her … Read More

Seeking Nominations for the MWC’s Annual Heritage Awards

Nominations due January 31, 2019 Heritage Awards Ceremony, March 5, 2019 The Museums of Western Colorado’s (MWC) mission is to help the community preserve its heritage and tell its story. This is a significant undertaking. For this reason, the MWC relies on others in the community, either cooperatively or individually, to help fulfill this very important mission. It is an honor and privilege for the MWC to be able to recognize leaders and organizations who … Read More

Planned Giving: Join the Legacy Society

MAKE AN ESTATE GIFT TO Museums of Western Colorado. We all desire significance — to lead happy and fulfilled lives surrounded by family and friends. For many of us, there is a compelling need to make a difference — to leave a lasting impact on the people most dear to us and the world in which we live.  The quest for significance and desire to plan for the future leads many to ponder their legacy. … Read More

Accreditation – The Museum Field’s Mark of Distinction

The Museums of Western Colorado is one of six museums in the state of Colorado that is Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and has held the museum field’s mark of distinction since 1971, when accreditation was first instated. Accreditation offers peer-based validation of a museum’s operations and impact and increases a museum’s credibility. It is a powerful tool to that helps facilitate loans between institutions as well as helping museums when applying for … Read More