Seeking Nominations for the MWC’s Annual Heritage Awards

Nominations due January 31, 2019 Heritage Awards Ceremony, March 5, 2019 The Museums of Western Colorado’s (MWC) mission is to help the community preserve its heritage and tell its story. This is a significant undertaking. For this reason, the MWC relies on others in the community, either cooperatively or individually, to help fulfill this very important mission. It is an honor and privilege for the MWC to be able to recognize leaders and organizations who … Read More

Planned Giving: Join the Legacy Society

MAKE AN ESTATE GIFT TO Museums of Western Colorado. We all desire significance — to lead happy and fulfilled lives surrounded by family and friends. For many of us, there is a compelling need to make a difference — to leave a lasting impact on the people most dear to us and the world in which we live.  The quest for significance and desire to plan for the future leads many to ponder their legacy. … Read More

Trips and Tours 2019

We are pleased to announce the 2019 Passport to Adventure Trips and Tours.  The MWC has arranged 25 different adventures for our friends and members that will explore dinosaurs, birds, gems, rock art, ancient ruins, living Native American events, railroad history, agricultural heritage, famous Southwest cultural events, and more. Day journeys in Colorado include A Toast to the Rockies Historic Pub Crawl in Telluride tour as well as visit to the high altitude Ghost Town … Read More

Staff Spotlight – Erin Schmitz

Erin Schmitz, Curator of Collections and Archives, joined the Museums of Western Colorado in May 2105, bringing to the Museum her expertise in archives and archaeology. With two undergraduate degrees – a B.A. in History from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Anthropology from Metropolitan State College in Denver – as well as a Masters of Arts in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University, Schmitz was a perfect match for the sought-after position … Read More

Accreditation – The Museum Field’s Mark of Distinction

The Museums of Western Colorado is one of six museums in the state of Colorado that is Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and has held the museum field’s mark of distinction since 1971, when accreditation was first instated. Accreditation offers peer-based validation of a museum’s operations and impact and increases a museum’s credibility. It is a powerful tool to that helps facilitate loans between institutions as well as helping museums when applying for … Read More

New Exhibit Opens in January at Dinosaur Journey

We are excited to announce the opening of a new exhibit at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita this January: Jurassic Giant. This exhibit features the largest, most complete Apatosaurus femur (thigh bone) ever found. This massive, 6’ 4” long femur was discovered at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry by museum volunteers during a dino dig in 2010. After five summers of excavation, years of preparation in the Dinosaur Journey Paleo Lab, and careful planning, this massive bone is … Read More

The Railroad Exhibits of Cross Orchards Historic Site

Rio Grande Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society The care and operation of the railroad exhibits at Cross Orchards are a joint venture between the Rio Grande Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society and Cross Orchards Historic Site. The Rio Grande chapter was founded in September 1977 and became an exhibit restoration partner in the mid-1980s. Uintah Railway Exhibit In 1904 the Gilson Asphalt Company founded the Uintah Railway. The goal of the … Read More

Colorado Gives Day, December 4

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Narrowing that focus locally, the Museums of Western Colorado has partnered with Grand Valley Gives, a collaboration of non–profit organizations in Mesa County, that participate in Colorado Gives Day. In 2017, the Museum partnered with Grand Valley Gives for the first time and raised $40,054. At a time when many individuals are looking for worthwhile causes to … Read More

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

Western Writers of America

Curator of History David Bailey has been inducted into the Western Writers of America. Bailey was accepted as an active member because of his extensive collection of published material and work on the American West. Distinguished members include Rudolfo Anaya, Edward Abbey, Clint Eastwood, and historian Robert Utley. The group was founded in 1953 to promote writing about the American West and to bestow Spur Awards for distinguished writing in the Western field. The founders … Read More