Planned Giving: Join the Legacy Society

Your generous donations, no matter what size of gift, support everything you love about the Museums of Western Colorado — especially the Museum’s ability to spark curiosity in all ages, generate awe, encourage exploration, and sustain a love of learning through exhibits and hands-on activities. MWC inspires all ages to experience and value our region through the collections and preservation …

Was Julia Child Really a Spy?

In 2008, the National Archives released 750,000 pages of previously classified personnel files from WWII, including 24,000 employees of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of today’s CIA. Julia McWilliams Child was on that list. Newspapers across America ran deliciously intriguing headlines such as “The Spy That Fed Me” and “Julia Child Cooked Up Double Life as a …

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua (formerly Two Rivers Chautauqua)

History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua invites you to take a nostalgic look at the 1950s and 1960s, That’s the Way It Was: The Baby Boom Years. Join us in exploring the years before there was a Disneyland, before French cooking became a part of our culture, and when we all sat in front of our televisions to listen to “the …

Wish Granted

In July of this year, we had a very special family join our dig crew at the Mygatt-Moore Quarry. The young, six-year old Vincenzo was battling cancer. It took a long time, but his doctor said it was okay for him to travel and the family reached out through a law firm to the museum – Vincenzo had a wish. …

Grand Valley History Players presents Abigail Adams

Join us for History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua, September 13 and 14. Find out more here. Abigail Adams presented by Jessica Downing-Ford I witnessed the birth of independence from Britain from my farm in Braintree, Massachusetts. My husband, John Adams—my “Dearest Friend”—was a lawyer, a patriot, and a public servant. His role in the founding of our country took him …

Grand Valley History Players presents Bob Hope

Come rub elbows with a few 20th century icons at our History Alive! Colorado West Chautauqua kick-off! More information on this event here. Bob Hope presented by Michael Hardesty  

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …