Category Archives: Museums of Western Colorado

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

Museum Education Class

When most people in the Grand Valley think about their local heritage, what do they think of? Do they think of the Museums of Western Colorado? Or do they think of one of our sites, such as Cross Orchards Historic Site or the Museum of the West? Many people who walk through the door of Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita are not aware that it, too, is under the umbrella of the Museums of Western … Read More

Museum of the West — Curator’s Corner

New Discovery About the Use of Flint in Early Spanish Colonial Wheellock Pistols By Director of the Western Investigations Team/Curator of History David P. Bailey Copyright© 2016 All Rights Reserved Please click images for full-size. It has been assumed by historians and archaeologists that wheellock pistols used in the New World by Spanish Colonial adventurers and explorers used pyrite, not a flint ignition system. The earliest wheellock pistols were invented in the early 1500s. The pistols had … Read More

Museums of Western Colorado 2017 Board of Directors Election Ballot

The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) Board of Directors recommends the following slate of nomination to the Board for a three-year term, beginning Jan. 24, 2017. Please mark your ballot and return it to the MWC via mail or in person by 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Election results will be announced at the MWC Heritage Awards on March 7, 2017.  New Board Member Nominations Arlene Baker, Regional Manager, Bank of the West Arlene Baker … Read More

Digging for Dinosaurs in Retirement

Curious about what volunteering at the Museums might be like? Here’s some insight from volunteers at our Dinosaur Journey site in an article on nextavenue.org – where grown-ups keep growing. “As a young boy, Tom Lawrence was fascinated with dinosaurs and dreamed of becoming a paleontologist. Life had other things in store. But now, at 69, Lawrence drives each week to a building marked “Dinosaur Journey” in Fruita, Colo., walks into a laboratory and helps … Read More

Did you know…?

For over 50 years the Museums of Western Colorado have been serving the residents and visitors of Mesa County. Last year nearly 69,000 people visited one or more of our three Museums; 61% of those were children and families. Many of these families made the Grand Valley a “destination” specifically because they wanted to visit one of our sites! The educational and economic impact of the Museums of Western Colorado is a major contributor to … Read More

Thanking Our Mesa County Commissioners

Year in and year out, Mesa County citizens have been the largest supporters of the Museums of Western Colorado (MWC). Thanks to a 1974 ballot initiative, Mesa County voters expressed their desire by a 5 to 1 margin that the county should help fund what is now the Museums of Western Colorado. While a specific amount of money was not designated, for the most part the County Commissioners have honored this vote. Despite the County’s … Read More

Thank You to our Sponsors From the First Half of 2016

The Museums of Western Colorado has been working very hard to bring the Western Slope an exciting array of educational, entertaining and family focused programming. Our hope is that you have attended and enjoyed one or more of our programs. The generosity of sponsors makes many of our programming efforts possible. The Museums of Western Colorado would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued generosity and for enabling us to fulfill our mission … Read More