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Alferd Packer

November 3, 2017 - September 30, 2018

Solving One of the West’s Great Murder Mysteries David Bailey, Curator of History and Director of Western Investigations Team, will explain the complex forensic investigation of Alferd Packer and the notorious murder site in Lake City, Colorado. Packer, known as the Colorado Cannibal, was accused of killing and eating his traveling companions in 1874. Bailey’s ten-year historical quest and his discovery of new forensic evidence that solved Colorado’s most famous murder case. The exhibition will…

Horns & Frills

May 18 - September 16

F.A.R.M.

June 16 @ 7:30 am - October 31 @ 12:00 pm

Wednesday and Saturday mornings from June 20 through October A farm and ranch market run by farmers and ranchers to bring high quality, local produce to the Grand Valley community. FARM works with the Museums of Western Colorado to celebrate the heritage of the past, while enjoying today's delicious harvest.

Two Rivers Chautauqua

August 17 @ 6:30 pm - August 18 @ 9:00 pm
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One event on August 17, 2018 at 6:30pm

One event on August 18, 2018 at 6:30pm

$6/person each evening              For advance tickets, please go here. Kids 13 and under admitted free For additional information on the performers and the schedule of the event, follow the links here.

Coffee with the Chautauquans

August 18 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join us for a cup of coffee and a chance to meet our Chautauquans!

Two Rivers Chautauqua Daytime Presentations

August 18 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

On Saturday, August 18, we will present to you an amazing slate of talent.  Join us! Free! Daytime Presentations and Performances  Free at The Avalon Theatre 10:30-11:30 am Ron Edgerton on General Jack Pershing 11:30am-12:30 pm Young Chautauquans Performances Albert Booth as Bob Hope Anthony Booth as Winston Churchill Kai Symons as Charlie Chaplin 12:30-1:30 pm The Legendary Ladies Joyce Nelson as Dr. Susan Anderson Kathy Swafford as Ellis Meredith Linda Gleichmann as Emily Griffith 1:30-2:00…

Grand Valley Farm Tour

August 25 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Discover the agricultural treasures and heritage of Palisade. The Western Colorado Land Trust, in cooperation with Museums of Western Colorado, is hosting a Farm Tour. The tour departs from Cross Orchards at 8:30 am and includes visits to Colterris (both the River and Orchard Mesa locations) and Talbott’s. Participants will enjoy a champagne continental breakfast, wine tasting, cider tasting, and a lunch provided by Palisade Café. The tour will return by 2:00 pm.  $50/MWC and…

Down the River – Colorado Canyons Association River Adventure

August 31 - September 2

Explore the Ruby-Horsethief Section of the Colorado River with CCA! We are proud to partner with Colorado Canyons Association as they offer an educational adventure on the Colorado River! Paddle an inflatable kayak or relax aboard an oar raft as you travel 25 miles through Ruby and Horsethief Canyons. Marvel at the area’s serenity, while winding through dramatic sandstone canyons deep in the heart of the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area (NCA). Short hikes lead…

Calamity Camp in the Pinzgauer

September 10

Led by Zebulon Miracle, Curator, Gateway Canyons Resort High on the Uncompahgre Plateau is the mining settlement known as Calamity Camp. Its stone cabins saw half a century of carnotite mining, and the camp grew from a harsh and remote outpost during the radium boom years to a small town filled with families during the uranium boom. Today the site is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the perfect location to discuss the mining…

Cross Orchards Concert Series

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

After much anticipation, the Museums of Western Colorado and Home Loan would like to announce the upcoming Cross Orchards Summer Concert Series. The concert venue, the historic barn at Cross Orchards Historic Site, will feature a wide variety of performers and provide the perfect ambience for a midsummer night’s concert. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and performances will begin at 7:00 pm. Bobby Jimenez Bobby Jimenez is a Native American Flutist of Huichole Indian…

Upscale Rafting and Camping in Horsethief/Ruby Canyon

September 15 - September 16

Led by Colorado Canyons Association Journey down this gorgeous stretch of the Colorado River in style. This upscale adventure is a two-day river trip with an overnight at Colorado Canyons Association’s Catalpa Camp which includes a freshly prepared dinner, local wines, and fireside stories about area. Tour involves moderate hiking and paddling. Member fee is for Museum or Colorado Canyons Association member Done in cooperation with the Colorado Canyons Association    $425/Museum or CCA member;…

Oral History Program – September

September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

We will have a presentation on the history of Partners. For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here.

Museums of Western Colorado’s 2018 Old Fossil Golf Tournament

September 21

In conjunction with the Fruita Fall Festival   Presented by Museums of Western Colorado and Family Health West and brought to you by: Jen Pedersen, Broker Associate 9 am Shotgun Start $100/Player; $400/Team of 4; $200/Hole Sponsorship; $300/Tee Sponsorship  

Alferd Packer Murder Mystery Tour

September 21 - September 22

Led by David Bailey, Director of Western Investigations Team Join us on a tour of the infamous Alferd Packer murder scene. Packer, the Colorado Cannibal, was accused of killing and eating his traveling companions in 1874. We’ll visit the location of Packer’s second camp as well as the murder scene. Bailey will explain how his ten-year historical quest and new forensic evidence found by Colorado Mesa University scientists cleared Packer of murder and solved Colorado’s…

Museum Day

September 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Tickets will be available for the public to download beginning at midnight on August 15, 2018. Where will your curiosity lead you this Museum Day? Let us know @MuseumDay #MuseumDay Both…

Georgetown’s Fall Colors

September 28 - September 30

Photo credit: Jerry Huddleston Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives Since its beginning as a mining camp in 1859, Georgetown has attracted those who have sought something very special. First it was the magic of gold and silver ore; now it’s the beauty and ambiance of this picturesque town surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. Our tour will start with a ride on the historic Georgetown Loop followed by dinner at the…

In the Footstep of Colorado’s Paleoamericans

October 6 - October 8

Photo credit: Sally Crum Led by John Seebach Ph.D., Colorado Mesa University Assistant Professor of Archeology This is an extremely unique experience. Long before the settlers and Utes, before the Ancestral Pueblos, Fremont and Basketmakers, and even the Archaic peoples, there were the Paleoamericans. On this journey, we will discover those who lived here between 8,000 to 13,000 years ago. This exceptional experience will include the recently discovered Eagle Rock as well as sites at…

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 6

Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives; Marie Tipping and Garry Brewer, Loyd Files Research Library volunteers and local historians Throughout October on Saturdays, you have the opportunity to join us on a stroll through two of Grand Junction’s oldest cemeteries. We will begin our tour at the Whitewater Cemetery. High on a hill in the desert, the Whitewater Cemetery is like those you may have seen in old Western—a nostalgic and comforting…

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 13

Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives; Marie Tipping and Garry Brewer, Loyd Files Research Library volunteers and local historians Throughout October on Saturdays, you have the opportunity to join us on a stroll through two of Grand Junction’s oldest cemeteries. We will begin our tour at the Whitewater Cemetery. High on a hill in the desert, the Whitewater Cemetery is like those you may have seen in old Western—a nostalgic and comforting…

Earth Science Week

October 14 - October 20

Protected: Dominguez Canyon Hike

Led by Peter Booth, Ph.D., Museums of Western Colorado Enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Dominguez Canyon as it winds out of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Witness the red-rock canyons, gentle waterfalls, and dramatic sandstone cliffs. View some of the most spectacular collections of Ute, Fremont, and Archaic rock art. This 8-mile round-trip hike into Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area starts at historic Bridgeport and goes up into Big Dominguez Canyon. Rated as moderate to strenuous. 

Oral History Program – October

October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To be announced For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here.

Out of Place and Time: Heritage Rendezvous 2018

October 19, 2018 - April 21, 2019

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 20

Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives; Marie Tipping and Garry Brewer, Loyd Files Research Library volunteers and local historians Throughout October on Saturdays, you have the opportunity to join us on a stroll through two of Grand Junction’s oldest cemeteries. We will begin our tour at the Whitewater Cemetery. High on a hill in the desert, the Whitewater Cemetery is like those you may have seen in old Western—a nostalgic and comforting…

Fall Day on the Farm

October 20 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join us at our historic site as we celebrate the harvest. More information soon.   Sponsored by:

Geology and Heritage of Escalante Canyon

October 21

Bob Wick / Bureau of Land Management Led by Colorado Canyons Association Escalante Canyon, in Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, preserves an almost unbroken chain of human visitation and settlement dating back at least 800 years. On this tour, the CCA will take us to Escalante Canyon describing the geology of the region along the way. Once at the canyon, participants will examine Ute and Fremont petroglyphs, historic cabins, fascinating geology, and the only surviving waterwheel…

Grand Junction Cemetery Tour

October 27

Led by Erin Schmitz, MWC Curator of Collection and Archives; Marie Tipping and Garry Brewer, Loyd Files Research Library volunteers and local historians Throughout October on Saturdays, you have the opportunity to join us on a stroll through two of Grand Junction’s oldest cemeteries. We will begin our tour at the Whitewater Cemetery. High on a hill in the desert, the Whitewater Cemetery is like those you may have seen in old Western—a nostalgic and comforting…

KOOL 107.9 Monster Mash

October 31 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Western Slope Cowboy Gathering

November 2 - November 3

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Authors’ Party

November 10 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Oral History Program – November

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To be announced For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here.

Charlie Steen, the Uranium King (Moab)

November 20

Andrew K. Steen / CC BY-SA 3.0 Led by Zebulon Miracle, Curator, Gateway Canyons Resort No one captures the rags-to-riches story of the Uranium Boom like Charlie Steen. Down to his last dollar, he struck it rich at the Mi Vida mine and became an icon in the industry and power player in Moab and Grand Junction. On this trip we will explore the story of uranium mining on the Colorado Plateau and retrace Steen’s steps from…

Christmas Train Show

December 8 - December 9

Grand Valley Model Railroad Club presents... The 30th Annual Christmas Train Show December 8 and 9 December 15 and 16 December 22 and 23 December 29 and 30 10 am - 4 pm Admission: Child/$1; Adult/$4; Family/$7

Breakfast with Santa

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Holiday Lights on the River Walk: San Antonio

December 14 - December 18

Photo credit: TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com Led by Peter Booth, Ph.D., MWC Executive Director San Antonio annually hosts a month-long holiday celebration highlighted with lights, luminarias, carolers, and festivities along its famed River Walk. This 300-year old city, rich with history and excitement, knows how to bring in the Christmas season. This tour will enjoy the sights and sounds of San Antonio decked out in its holiday trimmings. In addition, we will take side tours of the beautiful…

Christmas Train Show

December 15 - December 16

Grand Valley Model Railroad Club presents... The 30th Annual Christmas Train Show December 8 and 9 December 15 and 16 December 22 and 23 December 29 and 30 10 am - 4 pm Admission: Child/$1; Adult/$4; Family/$7

Oral History Program – December

December 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

To be announced For more information on our Oral History Program, please visit here.

Christmas Train Show

December 22 - December 23

Grand Valley Model Railroad Club presents... The 30th Annual Christmas Train Show December 8 and 9 December 15 and 16 December 22 and 23 December 29 and 30 10 am - 4 pm Admission: Child/$1; Adult/$4; Family/$7  

Christmas Train Show

December 29 - December 30

Grand Valley Model Railroad Club presents... The 30th Annual Christmas Train Show December 8 and 9 December 15 and 16 December 22 and 23 December 29 and 30 10 am - 4 pm Admission: Child/$1; Adult/$4; Family/$7  

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