Grand Valley History Players presents Bea Arthur

Come rub elbows with a few 20th century icons at our History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua kick-off! More information on this event here. Bea Arthur presented by Marjorie Deese Bea Arthur is known for her portrayal of Maude and Dorothy Zbornak but where was she before then? The pre television years of her life will be presented on the Chautauqua stage by Marjorie Deese.                   Marjorie Deese … Read More

Grand Valley History Players presents Minnie Pearl

Come rub elbows with a few 20th century icons at our History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua kick-off! More information on this event here. Minnie Pearl presented by Angeline Roles The wholesomeness of poodle skirts and letter jackets gave way to war and protests during the late 1960’s and early 70’s. With a career spanning over 60 years, one female entertainer carried her fans through it all with laughter and love.  Sarah Colley-Cannon, aka Minnie Pearl, … Read More

Grand Valley History Players presents Zelda Fitzgerald

Come rub elbows with a few 20th century icons at our History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua kick-off! More information on this event here. Zelda Fitzgerald presented by Kathy Applebee Zelda Fitzgerald, dubbed the original flapper by her novelist husband, F. Scott Fitzgerald, was his muse, the darling of the Jazz Age, a ballerina, painter, and writer. She struggled with a tempestuous marriage, mental illness, and the changing times. Kathy Applebee is a writer, playwright, actor, … Read More

That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years – Walter Cronkite

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua presents… David Skipper as Walt Disney Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite Karen Vuranch as Julia Child September 13 and 14   More details as we get closer to event date here. Memories of Cronkite Walter Cronkite’s journey to become America’s most watched and most trusted journalist began as a newspaper boy in Missouri, a newspaper copy boy in Texas, a radio announcer in the Great Depression, and a United Press correspondent … Read More

That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years – Julia Child

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua presents… David Skipper as Walt Disney Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite Karen Vuranch as Julia Child September 13 and 14   More details as we get closer to event date here. Julia Child and the Development of Academic Culinary Programs Karen Vuranch In 1961, Julia and Paul Child arrived back in the United States to live permanently. Except for a few years at the end of WWII, they had been … Read More

That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years – Walt Disney

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua presents… David Skipper as Walt Disney Larry Bounds as Walter Cronkite Karen Vuranch as Julia Child September 13 and 14   More details as we get closer to event date here. Walt Disney: Dreamer of Dreams Walt Disney has become a legendary character of the twentieth century. So much has been written about him, and so much is inaccurate, that the legends often attained a currency that was not deserved. … Read More

Guess Who’s Coming to Chautauqua?

It’s almost time for our 2019 Chautauqua! We have a new name – History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua. We also have a new logo.  Most importantly, we have a great theme – That’s the Way it Was: The Baby Boom Years. That is sure to have us strolling down memory lane. Mark your calendars now for September 13 and 14 as we bring three icons from our past to life. Walt Disney, Julia Child, and … Read More

Planned Giving: Join the Legacy Society

Are you passionate about supporting the Museums of Western Colorado (MWC)? Do you want to ensure that we continue our mission well into the future? Planned gifts help assure that MWC will remain a vibrant source of inspiration for generations to come. Your planned gift can support any aspect of MWC. This can include much needed capital improvements  to Dinosaur Journey, Cross Orchards Historic Site, Museum of the West, and the Loyd Files Research Library. … Read More

Grand Heritage Society (GHS)

For over 50 years, the Museums of Western Colorado has a cultural anchor in the Grand Valley and western Colorado. We continue to be a trailblazer in our approach to community engagement, and in recognizing our role in preserving and showcasing those aspects which define our community on many levels.  Becoming a Grand Heritage Society member is an easy way to increase the power of your support by providing critical funding required for staff and … Read More

Gone Fishing…

We were sad to say goodbye to our Head of Maintenance, Don Kerven, who retired from the Museum in June. Don has been with the Museum for over 20 years. He built the Uranium Mine and the bar in the Saloon exhibit at Museum of the West, he kept our robotic dinosaurs operational at Dinosaur Journey, he kept his eyes on our air conditioners, vehicles, roofs, boilers, and every other piece of mechanical equipment. Don … Read More