Digging for Dinosaurs in Retirement

Curious about what volunteering at the Museums might be like? Here’s some insight from volunteers at our Dinosaur Journey site in an article on nextavenue.org – where grown-ups keep growing. “As a young boy, Tom Lawrence was fascinated with dinosaurs and dreamed of becoming a paleontologist. Life had other things in store. But now, at 69, Lawrence drives each week to a building marked “Dinosaur Journey” in Fruita, Colo., walks into a laboratory and helps … Read More

Gift Shop News

  The featured items from the gift shop are our Cross Orchards’ Cross Times Cookin’ cookbook and our Dinosaur Journey blankets. The Cross Orchards Cross Times Cookin’ cookbook is a collection of hundreds of recipes donated by volunteers all gathered into a beautifully constructed book. The recipes vary from historic apple-oriented recipes for any meal to potluck recipes sure to fill even the hungriest of groups. Included are little glimpses of history from the 100-year-old … Read More

Character Forged in Conflict – Young Chautauquans

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2016 This year we have four Young Chautauquans who will present at our evening performances along with our professional Chautauquans. For more information and the event schedule, please go here.   Friday, September 16     Ashton Call as General George S. Patton Military genius, legend, warrior, egotist, conqueror, and bully are all descriptors used to describe General George Patton. WWII provides a panoramic backdrop as Ashton Call, 8th grader at Caprock Academy, exposes Patton’s flair and … Read More

Loyd Files Research Library and Archives News

Many exciting projects are underway with the collections at the Museum of the West, the Loyd Files Research Library and Archives, and Cross Orchards. Erin Johnson Schmitz, Curator of Collections and Archives, has been working to get our collections ready for reaccreditation, as well as to make them more available to researchers and the public. The Museum of the West houses artifacts that help to tell the story of Grand Junction and Mesa County. It … Read More

From Our Collections: Kiefer and Cheedle Photo Collections

In the Loyd Files Research Library of the Museums of Western Colorado are two large photo collections of former Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad employees, Warren Kiefer and Ray Cheedle. Because both men were railroad employees, the collections give a rare insight into operations and the personnel of the “Rio Grande” as it was known. When Mr. Kiefer’s family moved to the Salt Lake Valley, he would ride his bike down to the Salt … Read More

Bears Ears

In the sweltering deserts of southeastern Utah lies a treasure trove of natural and cultural history. Rocks dating back almost half a billion years are exposed in harsh ridges, deep canyons, and forested plateaus. Fossils of strange, sail-backed amphibians, plant-eating crocodiles, and enormous dinosaurs can be found across this region, while the remains of more recent life wait to be found. Sloths, bison, American horses, and other large animals roamed the land during the last … Read More

Digging Up the Past: Part II

When last we spoke, CMU’s archaeological field school finished their initial exploration of the mysterious building on the western side of Cross Orchards. After a brief reprieve from the site to perform archaeological tests elsewhere in western Colorado, the students were back and ready to fulfill the second half of their mission: the foundation of the old silo. The silo was potentially an untapped treasure trove of historic artifacts. This area was previously recommended for … Read More

Character Forged in Conflict – Abraham Lincoln

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2016 Abraham Lincoln: The Power of the Spoken Word Portrayed by George Frein, Ph.D. Everybody knows that Abraham Lincoln was President during the Civil War. It is not so well known that he spent most of his time and energy while in office as a writer and orator. His words were the chief power of his administration. He labored over his speeches, knowing that not getting his words right would cost men … Read More

Character Forged in Conflict – Eleanor Roosevelt

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2016 Hammering Out Human Rights: Eleanor Roosevelt at the United Nations Portrayed by Susan Marie Frontczak Besides being the longest serving First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. One of her biggest challenges was as the US Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. In this capacity, President Truman dubbed her the “First Lady of the World.” Eleanor Roosevelt speaks of the … Read More

Character Forged In Conflict – Jefferson Davis

Two Rivers Chautauqua 2016 Jefferson Davis: Patriot or Traitor? Portrayed by Doug A. Mishler Vilified in the south for decades as a coward and tyrant who lost the war for General Lee; damned for a century as the quintessential evil slave owner and one of America’s great traitors, Jefferson Davis is a character who has always generated more passion than insight. While a simple man in many ways, Davis was also remarkable. Davis graduated from … Read More