Category Archives: Museums of Western Colorado

Changing Times

They’re baaaacckkk! With a combined total of nearly 30 years of Museums of Western Colorado experience, there could be no better team to welcome back than Mike Perry and Kay Fiegel as we enter a time of transition and change. For those not familiar with these names… Mike Perry was our executive director from 1984-1990, and again from 2003-2013. Under his direction, the Museum continued to grow our sites from the one building regional history … Read More

Dinosaur Digs 2019

If you like to hike out in McInnis Canyons NCA, you might start to see some activity at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. In late May the Museums of Western Colorado prepares to open the Mygatt-Moore Quarry in Rabbit Valley for dig season. We work closely with the BLM to ensure the care and protection the site from fossil poaching, vandalism, and to keep winter and spring rain and melt from ponding in the quarry – causing … Read More

Planned Giving: Join the Legacy Society

Planned gifts represent your life’s work and reflect your values. A planned gift communicates your legacy; it tells a story of what you hold most important in your life and community. Planned giving makes it possible for you to make a generous contribution while preserving or even enhancing your lifestyle. The Legacy Society recognizes those who have chosen to support the Museums of Western Colorado through their wills, estate plans, life income arrangements, and major planned … Read More

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