Two Rivers Chautauqua

TRC 2016

Chautauq…What???? History and Family Fun — Rolled Into One! Two Rivers Chautauqua, “Character Forged in Conflict” aims to bring history to life in the most fun and enjoyable way! Join us on Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th for this unique event that provides attendees with the opportunity to interact with Chautauquans. Chautauq…what????? A Chautauquan is a scholar who portrays a significant figure in our history by delivering an unscripted dramatic monologue in costume … Read More

Thanking Our Mesa County Commissioners

Year in and year out, Mesa County citizens have been the largest supporters of the Museums of Western Colorado (MWC). Thanks to a 1974 ballot initiative, Mesa County voters expressed their desire by a 5 to 1 margin that the county should help fund what is now the Museums of Western Colorado. While a specific amount of money was not designated, for the most part the County Commissioners have honored this vote. Despite the County’s … Read More

Thank You to our Sponsors From the First Half of 2016

The Museums of Western Colorado has been working very hard to bring the Western Slope an exciting array of educational, entertaining and family focused programming. Our hope is that you have attended and enjoyed one or more of our programs. The generosity of sponsors makes many of our programming efforts possible. The Museums of Western Colorado would like to thank the following sponsors for their continued generosity and for enabling us to fulfill our mission … Read More

From Our Collections – Placerville Post Office

One of the largest artifacts in the Museum of the West’s history collections is the Placerville Post Office. The post office was acquired by the museum from the town of Placerville, Colorado, in 1986. The first Placerville post office opened in 1878, and Elizabeth Benson was the first postmaster. Postmasters in those days often opened up post offices in their own homes. In 1934, the new post office opened in a separate building in Placerville. … Read More

Intern Conducts Collection Research At “Body Farm”

Few people may be aware that Grand Junction is home to one of six “body farms” in the United States. Known as the Forensic Investigation Research Stations (FIRS), it is operated as part of Colorado Mesa University under the direction Dr. Melissa Connor. FIRS consists of an outdoor space on an acre of land surrounded by privacy fencing and an indoor facility that includes a classroom, wet lab/morgue, walk-in cooler, in-take area, office, and secure … Read More

Those Darn Dinosaur Bones Take Up So Much Room!

BLM and the City of Fruita Fund Collections Space at Dinosaur Journey Summertime is always busy at Dinosaur Journey. This year, we are kicking things into Ultra-High Gear, since High Gear is now in the rear-view mirror. This spring, the Museums of Western Colorado received a ~$50,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to enhance our physical capabilities in specimen and artifact preservation. We are thrilled to be given this opportunity to upgrade … Read More

300 dinosaur lovers get “down and nerdy” with Julia McHugh at Denver ComicCon!

Comic Conventions (or ComicCons) are a Mecca for comic enthusiasts, but in the last 10 years or so, they have transformed beyond the world of just comics. Today, ComicCons encompass traditional comics, manga and anime (Japanese comics and animations), movies, books, art, card/board/video games, and almost every other branch of science fiction. This includes the science behind what inspires science fiction movies/books/comics. This year was the second year that the Museums of Western Colorado was … Read More

Digging up the past at Cross Orchards Historic Site

For the first time since the 1983 CAS (Colorado Archaeological Society) excavation of the bunkhouse, archaeological work is currently underway at Cross Orchards. With the help of CMU’s Assistant Professor of Archaeology, John Seebach, Ph.D., and his students, surveys are being done on two very intriguing areas on the site. The first part of the project was to investigate a mysterious structure on the far western side of the property. Historic aerial photographs of Cross … Read More

MWC at Glade Park’s “Movies Under the Stars”

Join the Museums of Western Colorado at Movies Under the Stars in Glade Park on July 15th and July 22nd. “It’s a Grand Junction tradition for families to drive up from Grand Junction to cool off, eat at the grill, and watch a family movie under the bright and plentiful stars,” said Peter Booth. Thanks to museum supporter, Joyce Owens, this is the third summer that we have had an opportunity to participate.  On both … Read More

Back by Popular Demand… The King ‘n Trio Returns to Cross Orchards Historic Site!

July 29 ♪ 7:00 pm Cross Orchards Historic Site • 3073 F Road, Grand Junction $25/person The King ’n Trio returns to Cross Orchards Historic Site for a benefit performance Friday, July 29, 2016 at 7 pm. Gates open at 6 pm. The barn at Cross Orchards Historic Site provides the perfect ambience for a mid-summer night’s concert. The traditional folk sounds of string bass, banjo, and harmonica are sure to get your feet tapping and … Read More