2018 Trips and Tours Spotlight

Great American Cities: Chicago August 6-11 • Register by July 6 Explore one of America’s great cities, historic Chicago. We will journey to the Windy City and explore its rich art and architecture, museums; tour Wrigley Field; discover the world of infamous mobsters and gangsters like Al Capone; and, of course, visit our own Grand Valley legend, Brachiosaurus, at the Field Museum of Natural History, excavated from Riggs Hill in 1900. Come with us and … Read More

2018 Digs Preview

Dinosaurs of the Western Slope: A Four-Day Paleo Expedition Summer 2017 is over, but at the Museums of Western Colorado we already are planning the 2018 ‘dig’ season. One of the new experiences to be offered in 2018 is a longer expedition, designed for the most avid dinosaur lover! Those for whom one day out at the quarry or in the lab simply is not enough will spend four days fully immersed in paleontology of … Read More

Museums of Western Colorado Volunteer Kay Fredette Honored as Colorado’s Outstanding Tourism Volunteer of the Year

As a retired dental hygienist, she used to clean people’s teeth. Now, as a 78-year-young superstar volunteer at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita, she cleans dinosaur teeth, bones, and other fossil specimens. For her 31 years of volunteer work with the Museums of Western Colorado, Kay Fredette was honored in October at the annual Colorado Governor’s Tourism Conference with the 2017 Jack Snow Award for Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. “I cannot imagine anyone more worthy … Read More

Museums of Western Colorado Seeking Nominations for Sixth Annual Heritage Awards

Museums of Western Colorado currently is accepting nominations for its 2018 Heritage Awards, with selected individuals and organizations to be honored at an awards ceremony scheduled for March 6, 2018. Recognition will be given for distinguished and long-term contributions in seven categories: Archeological Award – Recognizing an individual, group, or organization for furthering public understanding and appreciation of the archaeological heritage of Mesa County and Colorado’s Western Slope. George Callison Paleontological Award – Recognizing an individual, … Read More

Museum, Colorado Mesa University Enjoy Longstanding, Productive Partnership

  Two of Western Colorado’s largest and most acclaimed institutions — Museums of Western Colorado and Colorado Mesa University (CMU) — have, for decades, maintained a strong and ever-evolving relationship that has grown the impact and credibility of each. “Our cooperative arrangement connects the goals and curriculum of CMU with the local resources provided by the Museum,” says Museum Executive Director Peter Booth. “This greatly enriches both institutions and, in turn, enhances CMU students’ education … Read More

History, Science Combine to Create Museums’ Educational Programming

“Museums are education’s greatest asset,” says Carly Jones, Education and Volunteer Coordinator for the Museums of Western Colorado. “Every visit and every event offers something new – you get to interact with history, and see science in action.” The Museum’s Education Department works particularly hard to make sure that young visitors have access to kid-friendly collections and documents, and special kits for school groups include those on Native American cultures, early American pioneers, and paleontology. … Read More

Historic and Cultural Discoveries Furthered by BLM-Museums of Western Colorado Partnership

More than 20,000 fossil specimens. 19,000 historical artifacts. These are the estimated outputs of a 40+ year partnership between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Junction Field Office and Museums of Western Colorado (MWC). Working together, these two regional institutions have made significant contributions to the global scientific community while ensuring that historical artifacts and paleontological specimens remain local for residents’ and visitors’ benefit. The BLM’s local field office oversees both the Dominguez-Escalante and … Read More

Corporate Spotlight: Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services, LLC

For the third year, this fall’s Old Fossil Classic Golf Tournament will benefit from lead sponsorship by Mountain West Insurance and Financial Services, LLC. Grand Junction-based Mountain West Broker Bill Killgore says, “I like the fact that our sponsorship benefits both Family Health West and the Museums of Western Colorado. We were invited by Mark Francis (CEO of Family Health West and Museums of Western Colorado board member) to get involved; this, in turn, introduced … Read More

2017 Chautauquans: The Legendary Ladies ~ Helen Hunt Jackson

Helen Hunt (1830-1885) was already a critically acclaimed author when, at 43, she moved to Colorado Springs in hopes that the dry air would heal her lungs of consumption. She explored the mountains, married William Jackson, and wrote poems and stories about the West.  Inspired by Chief Standing Bear’s speech she heard in Omaha, Nebraska, she became caught up in the cause of helping the Indians and wrote Century of Dishonor. Named Special Commissioner to the Mission Indians in … Read More