Revitalization Begins on the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway

The Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway is one of the few scenic byways in America to span two states – Utah and Colorado. The byway connects Price, Vernal and Moab, Utah with Fruita, Colorado and travels through some of the most beautiful country in the region. First designated as a state scenic byway in Colorado in 1997, the Utah segment (also …

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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 …

MWC’s New Strategic Plan: Moving Forward into the Next 50 Years

“Creating that place visitors bring their guest to — First.” With a great sense of pride, I would like to announce that this past month, the Board passed a new Strategic Plan and Vision for the MWC — “Moving Forward.” One fact the Strategic Plan recognizes from the outset is that, for half a century, the MWC has been a …

Education News

The Museums of Western Colorado, Mesa County Valley School District 51, and the Bureau of Land Management have teamed up to help students in the Grand Valley learn about the rich natural history of our area. The Museum is collaborating with our partners to create a traveling educational kit that will be used in seventh grade classrooms across the Grand …

Belle Starr portrayed by Karen Vuranch

Belle Starr, The Bandit Queen By Karen Vuranch The phrase The Wild West describes a unique time and place in American history. There were many people who embodied the spirit of the Old West and one of those larger than life characters is Belle Starr. Known as The Bandit Queen or The Petticoat Terror of the Plains, Belle Starr has taken her place in history …

Huey Long Portrayed by Chuck Chalberg

Huey Long, an American original By John (Chuck) Chalberg Huey Pierce Long was an American original. Fascinating and flamboyant, he shot across Louisiana and ultimately across the country before being shot to death in September of 1935. The political machine that he created was far less original. Designed to advance his interests, as well as those of his constituents, it …

Benedict Arnold portrayed by Frank X. Mullen

Benedict Arnold: American Patriot, American Judas By Frank X. Mullen On the Revolutionary War battlefield at Saratoga, New York, stands a statue of a left boot. The inscription memorializes an American general, the nation’s “most brilliant soldier,” as the hero of the engagement. But the general’s name is not mentioned. That’s one of a handful of ambiguous monuments that Benedict …

Guess Who’s Coming to Chautauqua? Aimee Semple McPherson

A woman ahead of her time, Aimee Semple McPherson was an itinerant preacher, radio broadcaster and founder of the Foursquare Church. Unfortunately, she is probably best known for her mysterious disappearance involving an alleged/unsubstantiated kidnapping which overshadows the work that was most important to her. An unconventional woman, she did whatever was necessary to reach her audiences in ways that …

Guess Who’s Coming to Chautauqua? Huey Long

Traveling salesman, self-educated lawyer, Louisiana Governor, and U.S. Senate member, Huey Long appeared at a time when people needed someone to champion those who were suffering through the depression and seemed without a political voice. Huey campaigned on issues of economic equality which generated very strong feelings from the populace; the average Louisiana citizen loved him, the unions, big businesses …