Category Archives: Newsletters

Support the Museums of Western Colorado on Colorado Gives Day!

Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, is taking place on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours. When you donate to the Museums of Western Colorado, you’re helping us inspire the community to preserve its heritage and tell its story. Please help us reach our goal of 50 donations via Colorado Gives. Thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund from Community First … Read More

2018 Trips and Tours Spotlight

Great American Cities: Chicago August 6-11 • Register by July 6 Explore one of America’s great cities, historic Chicago. We will journey to the Windy City and explore its rich art and architecture, museums; tour Wrigley Field; discover the world of infamous mobsters and gangsters like Al Capone; and, of course, visit our own Grand Valley legend, Brachiosaurus, at the Field Museum of Natural History, excavated from Riggs Hill in 1900. Come with us and … Read More

2018 Digs Preview

Dinosaurs of the Western Slope: A Four-Day Paleo Expedition Summer 2017 is over, but at the Museums of Western Colorado we already are planning the 2018 ‘dig’ season. One of the new experiences to be offered in 2018 is a longer expedition, designed for the most avid dinosaur lover! Those for whom one day out at the quarry or in the lab simply is not enough will spend four days fully immersed in paleontology of … Read More

Museums of Western Colorado Volunteer Kay Fredette Honored as Colorado’s Outstanding Tourism Volunteer of the Year

As a retired dental hygienist, she used to clean people’s teeth. Now, as a 78-year-young superstar volunteer at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita, she cleans dinosaur teeth, bones, and other fossil specimens. For her 31 years of volunteer work with the Museums of Western Colorado, Kay Fredette was honored in October at the annual Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference with the 2017 Jack Snow Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. “I cannot imagine anyone more worthy … Read More

Museums of Western Colorado Seeking Nominations for Sixth Annual Heritage Awards

Museums of Western Colorado currently is accepting nominations for its 2018 Heritage Awards, with selected individuals and organizations to be honored at an awards ceremony scheduled for March 6, 2018. Recognition will be given for distinguished and long-term contributions in seven categories: Archeological Award – Recognizing an individual, group, or organization for furthering public understanding and appreciation of the archaeological heritage of Mesa County and Colorado’s Western Slope. George Callison Paleontological Award – Recognizing an individual, … Read More

Museum, Colorado Mesa University Enjoy Longstanding, Productive Partnership

  Two of Western Colorado’s largest and most acclaimed institutions — Museums of Western Colorado and Colorado Mesa University (CMU) — have, for decades, maintained a strong and ever-evolving relationship that has grown the impact and credibility of each. “Our cooperative arrangement connects the goals and curriculum of CMU with the local resources provided by the Museum,” says Museum Executive Director Peter Booth. “This greatly enriches both institutions and, in turn, enhances CMU students’ education … Read More

History, Science Combine to Create Museums’ Educational Programming

“Museums are education’s greatest asset,” says Carly Jones, Education and Volunteer Coordinator for the Museums of Western Colorado. “Every visit and every event offers something new – you get to interact with history, and see science in action.” The Museum’s Education Department works particularly hard to make sure that young visitors have access to kid-friendly collections and documents, and special kits for school groups include those on Native American cultures, early American pioneers, and paleontology. … Read More

MWC’s 50th Anniversary Grand Opening

The Museum of Arts and Sciences officially became a nonprofit, cultural institution in October of 1965 with the adoption of its articles of incorporation. The museum supporters worked throughout that winter and into the next spring turning the former Whitman School into a museum. With the help of Dr. Samuel A. Dulany Hunter’s Foundation, an East Wing was added to the former Mesa County Valley School District facility. Then on May 1, 1966, the new … Read More

Heritage Awards Recap

The Museums of Western Colorado celebrated the annual Heritage Awards Tuesday, March 1st at Dinosaur Journey. These awards are an opportunity for the Museum to thank organizations and members of the community that have contributed to the understanding and preservation of Mesa County and Western Slope heritage. Some of the honorees have contributed directly to the Museum ability to fulfill its mission of discovering, preserving, and sharing Mesa County history; others are honored for their … Read More


While creating a new Strategic Plan, the MWC commissioned a survey of the opinions of Mesa County voters. A professional polling company conducted the survey and received sufficient responses to generate some very reliable and significant results. We discovered that local residents hold the Museums in very high esteem. A series of questions asked if the respondent felt the MWC did a good job in areas including heritage preservation, education, culture, and economic development. The … Read More