Category Archives: Newsletters

Planned Giving

Leaving a Legacy to MWC The Museums of Western Colorado offers the experience of discovery to all ages, from children just beginning to engage in history to senior volunteers continuing a lifelong passion for knowledge. The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) has a proud responsibility of facilitating three distinctively different museum sites, each holding treasures of our past. The Museum of the West houses relics of our Western Slope heritage, Dinosaur Journey holds priceless fossils of … Read More

Research Library and Archives News

The Loyd Files Research Library was recently gifted a family memoir and photobook from the family of John and Irena Moore.  John and Irena Moore settled in Grand Junction in 1889. John quickly became a prominent member of the Grand Junction community and soon became the manager of the Grand Junction Fruit Grower’s Association. In 1907, John and Irena bought a ranch in Bridgeport which originally grew apples, but soon switched to peaches. John became … Read More

Old Fossil Golf Tournament Update

On September 21, the Museums of Western Colorado and Family Health West hosted the Old Fossil Golf Tournament in collaboration with the Fruita Fall Festival. The tournament took place at Adobe Creek National Golf Course in Fruita. The weather was breezy and cool in the morning, but warmed up to be a fabulous day of golf for our participants. Many thanks to our title sponsors, Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services and Grand Junction Subaru. … Read More

The Care of Robotic Dinosaurs

“Necessity is the mother of invention” – Plato. This is what came to mind after interviewing Don Kerven,employee of the Museums of Western Colorado for 20 years. Due to necessity when faced with budget restrictions throughout his career, Don has used his creativity to maintain what Dinosaur Journey is today. Joining the Museum in 1998, Don started his employment at the downtown Museum of the West while undergoing its large remodel. From the beginning, Don … Read More

Thank You to Those Who Gave Via Colorado Gives

The Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) survives due to the support of others. Ours is truly a community based organization—that was true in 1966 when the doors first opened and it is true today. This not only has to do with the programs and events, exhibitions and collections—but also in raising the funds that keeps the various museum sites operating day-to-day. The Annual Fund Drive donations are still coming in at the writing of this heartfelt note … Read More

A Word from the Director

Reflection on 2017 Welcome to 2018. We at the Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) are looking forward to a very good year filled with exciting events and exhibitions that you are sure to enjoy. I would like to begin for a moment, however, to reflect on 2017. Overall, this has been a great year for the MWC. Some of the highlights were our well-done exhibitions, including the Smithsonian’s Titanoboa at Dinosaur Journey and David Bailey’s … Read More

Changes Are in the Air

Carla Hatch Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. –George Bernard Shaw Most of you know that members and donors are extremely important to the operations of the Museums of Western Colorado. Without you, we would be in trouble! We are hoping to make it easier in 2018 (and beyond) to get your memberships and donations processed with a new cloud based program. We will be implementing … Read More

The Importance of Research at the Museums of Western Colorado

David P. Bailey, Director of the Western Investigations Team/Curator of History The Museums of Western Colorado staff is always busy creating new programming, offering history and science events to the public, and creating new exhibits. However, the backbone of all these endeavors is research. Our museum curators conduct original research at all our museum facilities. This research comes in many forms such as helping an author with a new book, finding information on an historical artifact, … Read More

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