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Top ten Golden historical events illustrated

GOLDEN, Colo., Sept. 9, 2016 – Colorado Prohibition and Buffalo Bill Cody’s burial are on the list of important historical happenings included in the Golden History Center’s Epic Events exhibit which will open Sunday, Sept. 18.

“Over the course of days and years, the events of a lifetime tell a story—and the same is true for a community,” says curator Mark Dodge. “Epic Events will explore some key parts of Golden’s story through more than three dozen of these important events.” Each date or year is illustrated with an artifact from the museum’s collection of over 15,000 items.

Pairing dates with artifacts

An Adolph Coors Company milk can from the 1920s helps tell the story of Colorado’s early adoption of Prohibition. Just one year after dumping its entire beer supply into Clear Creek, the brewery adapted by producing malted milk and a “near beer” called Mannah.

Golden’s iconic “Howdy Folks” arch, now listed on the State Register of Historic Properties, was lit during a 1949 ceremony that was broadcast live on Radio KOA. Part of that sign was saved during one of the four renovations and hangs in the exhibit.

Multimedia components

“There’s more to Epic Events than just some stunning and amazing artifacts,” says Dodge. “One of our celebrated authors and historians, Mary Ramstetter, narrates an original video introduction to the exhibit.” Golden Was Born a Handmaiden to the Miners features colorful footage of four of Golden’s historical murals, most notably two by Hal Shelton.

Another viewing station portrays a 1970s industry film on the Jolly Rancher plant, a celebrated company and brand which originated in Golden.

Donkeys were once a common sight in Golden as they were used to transport tourists to the top of Castle Rock. Museum visitors today will get part of that experience in front of a 12-foot-long photo backdrop of Golden. Selfies are encouraged.

Golden History Center is open six days per week from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3; kids six and under are free. Visit GoldenHistory.org for more information.

Golden History Museums engages and inspires visitors by preserving and sharing Golden’s history.

Brand new kids’ art activity at Golden’s Hands-on History enlivens summer day camp

GOLDEN, Colo. May 27, 2016 – Among the activity options for Golden’s Hands-on History summer day camp is an exploration of art forms with a historic twist including stage, canvas, architecture, and fashion.

Students enrolled in the new Art Explorers will become familiar with popular forms of art both from today and centuries past. Campers will create works of art using lines, dots, shapes, and colors; make petroglyphs and beaded pouches; design their own fashion and architecture; perform a radio play and vaudeville show, and much more.

Other sessions enable students to learn about the history of Colorado and Golden through themes that include movie making, founding a town, and doing messy jobs. Groups are age-separated to maximize the students’ learning opportunities and enhance the experience for campers. Each of the five session themes give participants a different look at life in Golden ranging from the 1870s to the present.

Interpretation Coordinator Katie March says, “Campers find out just how people got rich in a supply town like Golden,” while role-playing in an original game created for camp. During this session called Dirty Jobs, kids must purchase supplies from an unscrupulous general store owner and learn about the consequences of bartering and deal-making.

“In Decision Makers kids do everything from fighting with water balloons to learn about water rights to touring the Golden Fire Department,” says March. “They’ll also ride in a real Model A Ford during class. Nobody complains about having too much fun.”

Other activities include writing, filming, and starring in a silent movie, completing a police training course, and getting dressed up for a lesson in a one-room schoolhouse.

Each week, two different themes provide a completely different experience during the morning and afternoon sessions. Multiple weeks are also available.

Eight weeklong sessions will take place from June 6 – August 5 at Clear Creek History Park, located at 11th and Arapahoe Streets, near downtown Golden. The camp is divided into morning and afternoon sessions lasting from 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. Each week of half-days is $115 for Golden History Museums members and $130 for non-members. Register online at GoldenHistory.org/HOH or by calling 303-278-3557.

Golden History Museums engages and inspires visitors by preserving and sharing Golden’s history.

Golden’s outdoor concert venue features top Colorado bluegrass bands

GOLDEN, Colo., May 26, 2016– The Railsplitters, winners of Rockygrass’ Best New Band Competition, will be Saturday’s headline act during the three-day Golden Music Festival at the Clear Creek History Park, June 10-12, 2016.

Golden-based Thunder and Rain will headline Sunday’s event with original tunes from their newest album. Seven other acts including Wood & Wire, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Front Country, and Running Out Of Road will also be featured during the festival.

The Golden Music Festival is in its 20th year and raises money for Golden History Museums’ hands-on programming and exhibits. “Our event has grown to become one of the region’s top outdoor music festivals,” says Museum Director Nathan Richie. “We hear from more and more guests each year who love visiting the park and making this festival their annual tradition.”

Grass-seating will be on a natural hillside amphitheater, and guests will enjoy a variety of both traditional and modern bluegrass. The festival will feature beverages from Golden-based MillerCoors and AC Golden Brewing Company, as well as a variety of foods for sale from local vendors.

Tickets are available in-person at the Golden History Center, 923 10th St. in Golden and online. Advance tickets are $10 for members of Golden History Museums and $15 for non-members. Tickets are $20 at the gate, and three-day passes are available for $30. Children 12 and under are free.

More information is available at GoldenMusicFestival.org or by calling 303-278-3557.

The Clear Creek History Park is located at 11th and Arapahoe Streets in Golden. Golden History Museums engages and inspires visitors by preserving and sharing Golden’s history.

Golden museum creates master timeline for the ages

GOLDEN, Colo., Dec. 23, 2015 – A group of local historians are collaborating with museum staff to develop content for an in-depth timeline component of an upcoming exhibit at the Golden History Center.

The local advisory group are contributing content to Golden History Museums while serving as a sounding board for exhibit ideas. The exhibit is called Epic Events.

“We’re committed to sorting out what really happened in town,” says Museum Curator Mark Dodge. “Working with this group of community historians is demanding and fun. I’ve already learned how little I know. We’ve got a long way to go, but we’re committed to making this timeline as accurate as possible.”

Borrowing from preexisting chronologies like the one created by the Golden Historic Preservation Board in 2003 and another from the Jefferson County Archives, the timeline will span over 150 years of recorded history.

“We’re keeping an eye toward events in Golden’s history for the timeline,” says Dodge. “We’ll celebrate our town’s founding in 1859, mourn events like the 1918 flu epidemic, and confront the controversy surrounding Nike’s proposed development of South Table Mountain in 1998.”

Epic Events will establish a context and big-picture overview to Golden history, familiarizing residents and visitors alike.

Museum Director Nathan Richie said, “The new exhibit will include a general orientation to Golden’s past—something we’ve never had at the Museums previously.”

“This master timeline is certain to be invaluable for residents, visitors, and researchers alike,” says Dodge.

Golden History Museums engages and inspires visitors by preserving and sharing Golden’s history.

Gameplay in the classroom makes history and economics fun

GOLDEN, Colo., Oct. 23, 2015 – An interactive classroom game that uses decision-making and fun scenarios to combine history and economics in the classroom is entering its second year in Denver-area schools.

Third- and fourth-grade students are using the fully facilitated Building Colorado program offered by Golden History Museums to study historical topics and economics—part of official state standards. The game was developed with Jefferson County Public Schools teachers and content experts.

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Building Colorado
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Students exercise choice-based learning in the game to observe how actual historical events might have turned out differently. “Student teams decide whether they want to invest in silver during the Silver Boom of 1878, for instance,” says Interpretation Coordinator Katie March. “Those that don’t diversify their investments realize the consequences by losing all their money when silver goes bust in 1893.”

“We’ve also added additional cities to the game so students will be able to get a broader view of Colorado and people who have lived here,” says March. “It’s a great way to celebrate the historical and modern human diversity in our state.”

Building Colorado “has been a huge asset to meeting the common core standards,” said Mitchell Elementary fourth-grade teacher Suzanne Scohy, of the 90-minute program. “The students were engaged immediately and didn’t even realize they were applying concepts they had learned during the units.”

Museum Director Nathan Richie said, “the biggest strength of Building Colorado is that by combining history and economics, students can make a personal connection to Colorado history while also experiencing abstract economic concepts. Both subjects are easier to understand when the kids are inspired and engaged. That’s our goal with every class we visit.”

Enrollment is open now and throughout the school year at GoldenHistory.org/BuildingColorado or by calling 303-278-3557.

Golden History Museums engages and inspires visitors by preserving and sharing Golden’s history.

Homesteaders’ Day is Golden’s newest fall event

GOLDEN, Colo., Sept. 25, 2015 – Schoolhouse lessons and 19th century homesteading techniques will delight visitors at Homesteaders’ Day at Clear Creek History Park from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015.

Visitors to this free event will join practical exercises led by experts in blacksmithing, woodstove-cooking, animal tending, and more.

Golden History Museums Director Nathan Richie says, “Homesteaders’ Day is a free, fun, family day to explore the park, inside and out, and enjoy live demonstrations, play historic games, and try their hand at homesteading skills.”

“It’s a great event for families wishing to explore and experience history, said “Katie March, Interpretation Coordinator at the museum. “Our volunteers are pulling out all the stops to provide great hands-on activities that will create lasting memories for the day’s participants.”

Clear Creek History Park is located is near the downtown area at 11th and Arapahoe Streets in Golden.

Learn more by visiting GoldenHistory.org or by calling 303-278-3557.

Golden History Museums engages and inspires visitors by preserving and sharing Golden’s history.

Golden’s historic Astor House to begin structural preservation project

GOLDEN, Colo., August 4, 2015—The Astor House Museum will be temporarily closed starting Sept. 8, 2015 to prepare for a near half-million-dollar rehabilitation and preservation project funded by state and local sources.

Golden History Museums—the division of Golden’s Parks and Recreation Department that oversees the city’s historical assets—was awarded a $200,000 grant by History Colorado State Historical Fund in 2015. The grant was matched dollar-for-dollar by the City of Golden. Work is scheduled to begin in the autumn of 2015.

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Astor House Museum.
© Scott Dressel-Martin

For nearly 150 years, the Astor House has stood sentinel on the corner of 12th and Arapahoe Streets in downtown Golden, Colo. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Astor House is Colorado’s oldest stone hotel and opened in 1867 to house legislators who came to Golden when the city served as territorial capital.

The Astor House was Golden’s first stone building and was constructed from hand-hewn stone from a nearby quarry. The exterior walls are solid like a fortress, but a series of interior modifications and the wear-and-tear of time have made it necessary to undertake a number of rehabilitation measures.

”We are honored to receive this prestigious grant from the State Historical Fund and grateful to Golden City Council who approved the required cash match. We are ready to move forward to preserve this important landmark for another century and a half,” said Rod Tarullo, Golden’s Director of Parks, Recreation, and Golf.

In the coming months, staff will catalogue and remove nearly every item from the three-floor building. Construction will commence near the end of the year.

The scope of the rehabilitation project includes a number of important treatments. Steel support beams and columns will be inserted in the second and third floors and joists between the floors will be realigned. Concrete retaining walls will be poured in the building’s two basements. Finally, the backyard will be re-graded and drained to avert water intrusion.

“This project is not glamorous like restoring a façade or constructing a new wing. Most of what is being done will likely never be seen by visitors. This project is all about assuring structural integrity and preservation for the future,” said Nathan Richie, Golden History Museums Director.

Once begun, work is estimated to take five or six months to complete. At the same time, Golden History Museums staff is developing a new plan to re-imagine a museum experience that is more interactive and immersive for visitors.

“MTV was not the first to get explosive results by lumping a bunch of random strangers into shared housing,” said Richie. “In the 19th and 20th centuries, boardinghouses accommodated all sorts of colorful characters under one roof. Parties were thrown, fights broke out, and romance sparked. Boardinghouses were vibrant social spaces, thriving businesses, and critical to the growth and development of the country. We want to tell those fun local stories and weave them within a larger, national narrative.”

Progress on the Astor House construction and rehabilitation can be followed online at GoldenHistory.org/AstorHouse.

Admission to the Astor House Museum through Sept. 7 at 822 12th St. in Golden is $3. Children 6 and under are free. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 on Sunday.

Golden History Museums engages and inspires visitors by preserving and sharing Golden’s history.

 

Show & Tell features new twists on Golden collection

GOLDEN, Colo., July 10, 2015 – More than 80 favorite objects and photographs in the Golden History Center’s Show & Tell exhibit have company this summer, including a newly digitized silent film on view throughout July.

The Four Gun Bandit, released in 1919, stars one-time Golden resident George “Pete” Morrison. Acting in more than 200 films is only part of Morrison’s fame. A talented horseman, he is credited with teaching a young John Wayne to ride, as well as driving a team of oxen in Golden parades.

Also on view in Show & Tell: Highlights from the Collection is a partial artist’s rendering of the Magic Mountain theme park from 1957 on loan from a private collector. Magic Mountain—the first theme park to mimic Disneyland—was opened in 1960 on the land that is well known as today’s Heritage Square. Visible in the rendering are grand ideas that never came to fruition, as well as some that were produced.

Decorative Coors Art Pottery vases made in Golden in the 1930s make up part of the Show & Tell reinstallation, as well as a three-piece coffee maker with a design patent filed by Adolph Coors in 1930.

Finally, a 1925 electric stove from the Golden Waffle Inn has been newly installed in the exhibit, accompanied by a restaurant menu which dates to 1938. Opened in 1927, the establishment was well known for its signature dish of fried chicken and waffles.

Admission to the Golden History Center at 923 10th St. in Golden is $3. Children 6 and under are free. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4:30 on Sunday. Call 303-278-3557 for more information or visit GoldenHistory.org.

Golden History Museums is part of the Blue Star Museums program and offers free admission to active military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Golden History Museums engages and inspires visitors by preserving and sharing Golden’s history.

 

Golden’s outdoor concert venue features top local acts

GOLDEN, Colo., May 12, 2015– The Adam Kinghorn Quartet will be Saturday’s headline act during the three-day Golden Music Festival at the Clear Creek History Park, June 12-14, 2015.

A graduate of Golden High School, guitarist Adam Kinghorn has been a crowd favorite at the festival for several years. He is also featured in a short biographical video in the “Turn it Up” music exhibit at the Golden History Center.

Golden-based Thunder and Rain will headline Sunday’s event with original tunes from their recently released album. Seven other acts including Chain Station, Blue Canyon Boys, and Long Road Home will also be featured during the festival.

The Golden Music Festival is in its 19th year and raises money for Golden History Museums’ hands-on programming and exhibits. “Our event has grown to become one of the region’s top outdoor music festivals,” says Museum Director Nathan Richie. “We hear from more guests each year who love visiting the park and make this festival an annual tradition.”

Grass-seating will be on a natural hillside amphitheater, and guests will enjoy a variety of both traditional and modern bluegrass. The festival will feature beverages from Golden-based MillerCoors and AC Golden Brewing Company, as well as a variety of foods for sale from local vendors.

Tickets are available in-person at the Golden History Center, 923 10th St. in Golden and online. Advance tickets are $10 for members of Golden History Museums and $15 for non-members. Tickets are $20 at the gate, and three-day passes are available for $30. Children 12 and under are free.

More information is available at GoldenMusicFestival.org or by calling 303-278-3557.

The Clear Creek History Park is located at 11th and Arapahoe Streets in Golden. Golden History Museums engages and inspires visitors by preserving and sharing Golden’s history.

 

Scholarships opportunities available for Golden’s Hands-on History summer day camp

GOLDEN, Colo. Feb. 18, 2015 – Several merit-based scholarships are now available to help kids make real-life history connections at Golden’s Hands-on History summer day camp.

Scholarship applications for children aged 6 to 11 are now online and are funded through private donations and the Friends of Golden History Museums. Preference is given to students who demonstrate imagination about history topics through words or drawings.

Students learn about the history of Colorado and Golden through five session themes that include movie making, founding a town, and experimenting with innovation. Groups are age-separated to maximize the students’ learning opportunities and enhance the experience for campers.

Interpretation Coordinator Katie March says, “Campers find out just how people got rich in a supply town like Golden,” while playing the original Mine the Miners game. In another session called Dirty Jobs, kids must purchase supplies from an unscrupulous general store owner and learn about the consequences of bartering and deal-making.

“In Technology Time Machine kids do everything from practicing their writing skills by crafting letters to family and friends with nib pens to sending Morse code messages over a working telegraph machine,” says March. “They’ll also explore the Made in Golden exhibit and learn about everyday innovations that impact lives around the world, including their own.”

Each of the five session themes give participants a different look at life in Golden ranging from the 1870s to the present. Activities include writing, filming, and starring in a silent movie, touring the Golden Fire Station, and getting dressed up for a lesson in a one-room schoolhouse.

Each week, two different themes provide a completely different experience during the morning and afternoon sessions. Multiple weeks are also available.

Seven weeklong sessions will take place from June 8 – August 7 at Clear Creek History Park, located at 11th and Arapahoe Streets, near downtown Golden. The camp is divided into morning and afternoon sessions lasting from 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. Each week of half-days is $100 for Golden History Museums members and $110 for non-members. Early bird discounts are available as well. Register online at GoldenHistory.org/HOH or by calling 303-278-3557.

 

Calendar Girls to Cowboys showcases 50 vintage Coors signs

GOLDEN, Colo., Sept. 26, 2014 – A stunning display of 50 vintage beer signs will be the focus of the Golden History Museums’ Calendar Girls to Cowboys: The Art of Selling Coors exhibit, which opens October 11, 2014, with the Black and White Night celebration at the Golden History Center, 923 10th St. in Golden.

The evening features an exclusive first view of rare and classic Coors signs on loan from 10 private and corporate collections. Many have never been publicly seen.

“There are some unusual and special advertising pieces that we’ve managed to borrow for Calendar Girls to Cowboys,” said Curator Mark Dodge. “Whether you like Coors or not, you’ll be dazzled by this survey of over 100 years of Coors advertising.”

Adolph Coors Sr., founder of Golden’s famous brewery, worked hard to sell his product but had an aversion to advertising. He thought the quality of his product would speak for itself. Nonetheless, Coors released its first illustrated ads in 1893 in the form of calendars that featured female figures.

The limited-time exhibit will introduce visitors to the first ad men hired by Coors who popularized many famous campaigns, including one inspired by a real Colorado waterfall. In addition, works from the Coors Cowboy Collector Series of Western American Art by Gordon Snidow will be on display.

The unveiling party for the exhibit will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Golden History Center, located at 923 10th St. Special presentations from local collectors and a retired director of sports marketing for Coors will punctuate the evening’s festivities.

Hors d’oeuvres and specialty desserts will be provided, along with special activities related to the exhibit and historic collections. Tickets are available at GoldenHistory.org/BWN, and are $45 each, or $35 each for members of Golden History Museums.

 

New prototype history activities at Astor House Museum

GOLDEN, Colo., Sept. 25, 2014 – Golden History Museums is testing a series of inventive history activities each Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Astor House Museum at 12th and Arapahoe Streets in Golden.

Visitors to the museum will get to test their senses and creative minds by playing original games, building take-home crafts, and experimenting with historic clothing in a photo booth, among other activities. A real typewriter in one of the rooms can be used to compose a letter to a friend.

“The new Adventures at the Astor House program will help us to test and prototype some new activities that will influence future exhibits and events,” says Nathan Richie, Golden History Museums Director.

The entire facility is undergoing a transformation from a traditional, hands-off institution to a fun, hands-on learning environment. Testing the new games and activities is one of the necessary steps to move the Astor House into a position of relevance for the next century of museums.

“My favorite game at the Astor House is called the ‘League of Extraordinary Boarders,’ explains Katie March, Interpretation Coordinator at Golden History Museums. “The game will test how well our visitors would do as a proprietor of a 1800s boarding house and how they would react to some of the challenges that the real Astor House landlords faced. Visitors will be able to decide their own fate, but must make good choices in order to stay in business.”

Built in 1867, the Astor House was in continuous operation as a boarding and rooming house until 1971. It served legislators, miners, students and visitors wishing to clean off trail dust in one of the town’s first bathtubs. The Astor House was designated on the National Register of Historic Places and repurposed as a museum in 1973.

Open hours at the Astor House are 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays.

 

Historically inspired frontier-style competition at Clear Creek History Park

GOLDEN, Colo., August 7, 2014– Golden History Museums is hosting a brand new competitive event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 that shines a spotlight on local history.

The Golden Frontier Olympics are a series of team events, some of which are inspired by real and historic neighborhood activities in nearby Clear Creek Canyon. Events range from pie eating to a relay modeled after the Pony Express.

“We love how some of these activities are derived from real life competitions in Clear Creek Canyon from days gone by”, says Nathan Richie, Museum Director. “The slipper kick was a favorite for the ladies—so we’re told.” It was a game just for women where they would line up and kick slippers off their feet to see who could launch their footwear the farthest.

In one activity participants will hunt wild “buffalo” with a Nerf gun. Interpretation Coordinator Katie March says, “It’s like the old Oregon Trail video game, but in real life.”

This first-ever event will include components ranging from exhilarating to downright silly, and teams will earn points to compete for great prizes.

“Some are kooky, some are messy, but they’re all guaranteed to be fun,” says March.

The event will be held at Clear Creek History Park near downtown Golden. Advance registration is required. Ages 12 and older are welcome with a participating adult, and teams require between 4 and 7 people. Registration is $60 per team with a $10 discount if the team captain is a GHM member.

Spectators are free and can watch the fun while enjoying fare from local food trucks and cold beer.

 

Historically inspired classes offered at Clear Creek History Park

GOLDEN, Colo., July 18, 2014– Golden History Museums is offering a series of four new Heritage Arts & Crafts classes starting at 10 am on Aug. 2 that teach practical historic skills and crafts to make tasty meals and practice sustainable living.

Instructor Priscilla Marshall, an historian with over 20 years’ experience, explains “My classes are never about listening to a lecture. They’re designed so that participants can use their own creativity and imagination as they apply first-hand the information they hear in class.”

The first class on Aug. 2 is “Canning 101: Pickled Cantaloupe” in which participants will learn to make sweet, spiced cantaloupe on a historic woodstove. Learning the basics of canning will help participants understand how to preserve food without the use of refrigeration, a centuries-old skill that is still relevant today in making organic preserves that go straight from farm (or garden) to table.

The Sept. 7 class is “Doughnuts, Crullers and Shrubs; Oh My!” Doughnuts, crullers and even wonders were all names for essentially the food we today call donuts. Students will learn woodstove cooking and make (and eat) fragrant donuts and refreshing drinks from 19th century recipes.

Interpretation Coordinator Katie March says “People think that pioneer life was all suffering and sacrifice, but many hardworking homesteaders loved to make scrumptious sweets to share with their neighbors and friends.” Katie endorses the class by saying that “These historic recipes are so delicious that they rival Voodoo Doughnuts, or any other modern equivalent. Pioneer women really knew their sweet treats!”

Classes will be held at the Clear Creek History Park near downtown Golden. Advance registration is required. Ages 12 and older are welcome with a participating adult. Golden History Museums’ members are invited to participate for $35 each and non-members for $40 each.

Additional courses include crafting classes which emphasize the ideas of sustainability and up-cycling. “Boo! Who’s Been Watching Your Garden?” will be held on Oct. 19 (members $15, non-members $18) and “Leftovers to Luxuries” on Nov. 8(members $10 and non-members $15). Visit GoldenHistory.org/events for more information or to register, or call 303-278-3557.

 

Jump in to the past at the weeklong Hands-on History Summer Day Camp

GOLDEN, Colo. May 20, 2014 – Helping kids relate to the past using fun and active lessons is one of the main draws for this year’s popular Hands-on History Summer Day Camp at Golden History Museums.

Children aged six to 11 learn about Colorado and Golden history through five session themes that include movie making, building  a town, and experimenting with innovation. Using two separate groups for six- to eight-year-olds and nine- to 11-year-olds maximizes learning opportunities and enhances the campers’ experiences.

Campers find out how people got rich in a supply town like Golden during the Mine the Miners game in which kids must purchase supplies from an unscrupulous general store owner in the “Dirty Jobs” session.

In “Old Time Tech” kids will do everything from practicing their writing skills by writing letters to family and friends with nib pens to sending Morse code messages over a working telegraph machine. They’ll discover the Made in Golden exhibit and learn about everyday innovations that have a world-wide impact.

Each of the five session themes give participants a different look at life in Golden ranging from the 1870s to the present. Activities include writing, filming, and starring in a silent movie, touring the Golden Fire Station, and getting dressed up for a lesson in a one-room schoolhouse.

Each week, two different themes provide a completely different experience during the morning and afternoon sessions. Multiple weeks are also available.

Six weeklong sessions will take place from June 9 – August 1 at Clear Creek History Park, located at 11th and Arapahoe Streets, near downtown Golden. The camp is divided into morning and afternoon sessions lasting from 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m.

Each week of half-days is $90 for Golden History Museums members and $100 for non-members. Register online at GoldenHistory.org/HOH or by calling 303-278-3557.

 

Homesteaders’ Day is Golden’s newest spring event

GOLDEN, Colo., May 14, 2014 – Old-time technology and techniques that are still in use today will delight visitors to Homesteaders’ Day at Clear Creek History Park, from 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014.

Visitors to this free event will experience 19th century homesteading with practical exercises led by experts in blacksmithing, woodstove-cooking, and animal tending with the park’s heirloom breed chickens.

Golden History Museums Director Nathan Richie says, “We’re excited about Homesteaders’ Day because visitors will be able to get into the cabins and the historic schoolhouse for some of our favorite activities.”

Some of the most popular parts of the summer’s Hands-on History camp will be ready for drop-in visitors to the park.

Katie March, Interpretation Coordinator, says, “Now adults won’t be left out of the fun that our kids get to have during our summer camp program. Participants will watch silent films created by last year’s camp kids, try gold panning and roping, help us design a new town, and even take home a thaumatrope – that’s a popular toy from Victorian times for those who are unfamiliar.”

Clear Creek History Park is located at 11th and Arapahoe Streets in Golden.

Learn more by visiting GoldenHistory.org or by calling 303-278-3557.

 

Golden Music Festival is Golden’s premier outdoor concert

GOLDEN, Colo., April 16, 2014– Live music fans will be treated to special outdoor performances by nine different bands, including Colorado-based headliner Finnders & Youngberg during the three-day Golden Music Festival at the Clear Creek History Park, Friday through Sunday, June 13-15, 2014.

Described as “rootsy Americana with a scrappy bluegrass kick,” Finnders & Youngberg have won the Telluride and Rockygrass Band contests, been showcased at the International Bluegrass Music Association and Folk Alliance conferences, and won various fiddle and banjo championships.

Boulder-based winners of the 2013 Rockygrass Band competition, The Railsplitters, will also play at the festival. “The Railsplitters are talented, with well-written songs and spot-on instrumentation,” John Goad, of Bluegrass Today writes.

Seven other Colorado acts including Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Chain Station, and Golden-based upstart Thunder and Rain, will join the event on various days for a total of over nine energized hours of bluegrass-inspired music.

The annual Golden Music Festival is in its 18th year and raises money for Golden History Museums’ hands-on programming and exhibits.

Grass-seating will be on a natural hillside amphitheater, and guests will enjoy a variety of toe-tapping live bluegrass, Americana, and other original sounds. The festival will feature beverages from Golden-based Mountain Toad Brewing, spirits from Golden Moon Distillery, dry hard ciders from Stem Ciders, as well as a variety of foods for sale from several local vendors.

Tickets will be available on May 1 at the Golden History Center, 923 10th St. in Golden. Advance tickets are $10 for members of Golden History Museums, and $15 for non-members. Tickets are $20 at the gate, and three-day passes are available $30. Children 12 and under get in free. More information is available at GoldenMusicFestival.org or by calling 303-278-3557.

 

New book sheds light on Golden’s 146-year-old Astor House

GOLDEN, Colo., Dec. 2, 2013 – To help celebrate the Astor House’s 40th anniversary as a museum, Golden History Museums has released Inside the Astor House, a concise work detailing old and new information about Golden’s iconic structure. The book was released in late November.

The book includes stories about two of the famous owners, Seth Lake and Ida Goetze, as well as building information about the hotel-turned-boarding-house and other historic lodging in Golden.

The introduction is written by Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel, a professor of history at CU-Denver and expert in Colorado history. Other contributors include Golden historian Rick Gardner, preservationist Nichelle Frank, local history graduate student Jacquelyn Stiverson, and Ashleigh Hampf, a former Astor House employee and museum professional.

Barb Warden, local historian and author of Funiculars of Golden Colorado, says, “This book is a great addition to my all-too-small collection of Golden history books!  I learned several new things about the Astor House.  I particularly liked reading about the evolution of the business in terms of things going on in the country and the region, such as the temperance movement, the depression of the 1890s, and the growing importance of cars (and parking lots) after the Second World War.”

Golden History Museums sells the book for $14.95 exclusively at the Astor House Museum and Golden History Center. Members receive a 10% discount on the book.

Call 303-278-3557 for more information, or visit GoldenHistory.org.

Golden History Museums connects people to the history of Golden, Colorado through innovative exhibits, dynamic programs and historic collections, and strives to foster a sense of place and build community by being the leading source for local history.

 

100-year-old working steam engine will amaze Golden museum visitors

GOLDEN, Colo., Oct. 21, 2013 – Golden History Museums and a coalition of Denver-area institutions will offer free admission and special activities on one special evening called Night at the Museums on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

The Golden History Center and the Astor House Museum will both be open from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Visitors to the Astor House Museum, 822 12th St., will enjoy talking with costumed guides and testing their wits on tricky Victorian parlor games.

Museum-goers at the Golden History Center, 923 10th St., will take a special hands-on tour through the Made in Golden exhibit.  The brand-new display tells the story of historic innovations from Golden using such diverse examples as a needle-free injection system and a virtually indestructible dog toy.

“There are some rare and really special artifacts that we’ve pulled out for Made in Golden,” said Curator Mark Dodge. “I’m particularly excited about a real, working steam engine that was once used on the floor of the Coors Brewery. It will be one of the focal points of the exhibit that will both amaze and inform our visitors.”  Live demonstrations will be at 6 and 7 p.m.

Other participating institutions include the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, Four Mile Historic Park, Littleton Museum, Dinosaur Ridge and many other Denver-metro locations. Visit www.denver.org/denverartsweek/nightatthemuseum for a full list of participants.

Call 303-278-3557 for more information, or visit GoldenHistory.org.

Golden History Museums connects people to the history of Golden, Colorado through innovative exhibits, dynamic programs and historic collections, and strives to foster a sense of place and build community by being the leading source for local history.

 

Made in Golden showcases historic world-changing innovations

GOLDEN, Colo., Oct. 8, 2013 – Learn about world‐changing innovations at the Golden History Museums’ Made In Golden exhibit, which opens October 12, 2013 with the special Black and White Night celebration at the Golden History Center, 923 10th St. in Golden.

Made in Golden is the newest Golden History Museums exhibit that will tell the story of historic innovations from Golden using such diverse examples as a needle-free injection system and a virtually indestructible dog toy. Beginning with the introduction of the world’s first seamless two-piece aluminum can in 1959, visitors will discover the inventive stories behind Spyderco knives, CoorsTek body armor, and Mountainsmith backpacks, to name a few. The do-it-yourself laser-engraving station from Epilog Laser, as well as other hands-on activity areas, will be sure to fascinate visitors.

“There are some rare and really special artifacts that we’ve pulled out for Made in Golden,” said Curator Mark Dodge. “I’m particularly excited about a real, working steam engine that was once used on the floor of the Coors Brewery. It will be one of the focal points of the exhibit that will both amaze and inform our visitors.”

Nathan Richie, Director of Golden History Museums said, “Golden is largely unknown for much industry beyond the longstanding presence of Coors. Made in Golden brings together stories about such varied innovations as Boppys for moms and Kong toys for dogs.” Richie further added, “I think there will be at least a few surprises for every visitor who comes in the door.”

The unveiling party for the exhibit will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Golden History Center, located at 923 10th St. Tickets are available at GoldenHistory.org/BWN, and the event will feature entertainment, sumptuous desserts, and special activities related to the exhibit.

Golden History Museums connects people to the history of Golden, Colorado through innovative exhibits, dynamic programs and historic collections, and strives to foster a sense of place and build community by being the leading source for local history.

 

Golden Music Festival is Golden’s premier outdoor concert

GOLDEN, Colo., May 29, 2013– Bluegrass music fans will be treated to unforgettable outdoor performances by nine different bands, including Colorado-based Finnders & Youngberg during the three-day Golden Music Festival at the Clear Creek History Park in Golden, Friday through Sunday, June 14-16, 2013.

Described as “rootsy Americana with a scrappy bluegrass kick,” Finnders & Youngberg have won the Telluride and Rockygrass Band contests, been showcased at the International Bluegrass Music Association and Folk Alliance conferences, and won various fiddle and banjo championships.

With their first CD cracking the top five most spun CDs on Colorado radio in 2008, they have “Award‐winning songwriting that makes you laugh, contemplate, sigh, drink, or dance,” says Nina Dropcho, host of a KDNK community radio bluegrass program.

Eight other Colorado acts including Chris Thompson & Coral Creek String Band, The Mile Markers, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Trout Steak Revival and Golden-favorite Adam Kinghorn Quartet, will join the event on various days for a total of over nine lively hours of bluegrass-inspired music.

The annual Golden Music Festival, formerly called Summer Solstice Music Festival, is in its 17th year and raises money for Golden History Museums’ hands-on programming and exhibits.

Grass-seating will be on a natural hillside amphitheater, and guests will enjoy a variety of toe-tapping live bluegrass, Americana, and other original sounds. The festival will feature locally made beer, as well as a variety of foods for sale from several local vendors. The event is sponsored by MillerCoors, with additional support from Credit Union of the Rockies.

Tickets are now available online and at the Golden History Center, 923 10th St. in Golden. Advance tickets are $10 for members of Golden History Museums, and $15 for non-members. Discounts on multi-day tickets are also available, and single-day admission will cost $20 at the gate. Children 12 and under get in free. More information is available at GoldenHistory.org/GMF or by calling 303-278-3557.

The Clear Creek History Park is located at 11th and Arapahoe Streets in Golden. Golden History Museums connects people to the history of Golden, Colorado through innovative exhibits, dynamic programs and historic collections, and strives to foster a sense of place and build community by being the leading source for local history.

 

Dig up Stories from the Past with Golden’s Cemetery Tours

GOLDEN, Colo. Oct. 2, 2012 – Helping people relate to the past using character reenactments and accurate accounts of history is one of the main draws for this year’s improved Golden Cemetery Tours conducted by Golden History Museums on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Ticket holders will meet six people from Golden’s past including one of Golden’s first female pioneers, Mary Boyd, who attended the first organized church service in the least likely of places, the Ford brothers’ saloon. All but one of the “ghosts” are new this year, so attendees from previous years will see many new performances.

Student and Public Programs Coordinator Jessica Lira commented, “You’ll get some acting tips from the silent star of many westerns, George ‘Pete’ Morrison as he tells you about his time in the movie business and his production company located right here in Colorado.”

Another historic portrayal will be of Emeline Rooney who will relay her tale of moving across the country with her husband, and the tragic deaths of three of her four children.

Lira continued, “If you’re looking for some more history you’ll hear about the railroad that dramatically affected the shape of the cemetery and its connection to the light rail system from one of Golden’s historians who is also an expert on the history of the Golden Cemetery.”

The first hour-long tour will begin at 2 p.m., and subsequent tours will run in 20-minute intervals. The last tour will leave at 5:40 p.m. Cider and homemade cookies will be provided for refreshment.

Reservations are recommended as tours can sell out. Prices:  $15 non-member; $12 member; $10 non-member youth/senior/student (with ID); $7 member youth/senior/student. Purchase tickets by calling 303-278-3557.

Golden History Museums connects people to the history of Golden, Colorado through innovative exhibits, dynamic programs and historic collections, and strives to foster a sense of place and build community by being the leading source for local history.

 

MillerCoors Gives Back to Local Community, Honors History

GOLDEN, Colo. April 19, 2011 – Golden History Museums received a $14,000 grant from MillerCoors to support heritage programming at the museums this year.

Funding to Golden History Museums, which operates the Astor House Museum, Clear Creek History Park, and Golden History Center, will go towards a number of exciting initiatives in 2011. This sponsorship makes possible the development of a multimedia piece for the new exhibit “Turn it Up: Golden’s Musical Memories.” Once complete, the piece will feature video clips of oral histories, musical performances, and documentary footage of Golden’s musical heritage.

Founded in 1938, Golden History Museums became a part of the City of Golden last year. They receive a percentage of their annual budget from the city, but rely on other revenue sources such as memberships, ticket and gift shop sales, and grants to fulfill their budget. “We are thrilled and honored to receive this support from MillerCoors,” said museum director Nathan Richie. “Their partnership and generosity helps us fulfill our mission to present and preserve Golden’s history for both locals and visitors.”

Funding from MillerCoors also underwrites additional exhibit improvements, as well as the popular Summer Solstice Music Festival held annually at Clear Creek History Park. “This year we are pleased to host an impressive lineup of musical acts including the return of the crowd-favorite Spring Creek Bluegrass Band,” said Doug Skiba, the museum’s development and membership coordinator. “The support from MillerCoors allows us to share this top talent with the Golden community.”

 

Learn by Doing at the Weeklong Hands-on History Summer Program

GOLDEN, Colo. March 23, 2011 – A larger age range and more choice of subject matter are among the draws for a newly revised Hands-on History Summer Day Camp at Golden History Museums.

New this year is a division into two groups: one for six- to eight-year-olds and the other for nine- to 11-year-olds. This will help keep kids together that have similar learning abilities.

Also new this year is the creation of five new session themes that give participants a different look at life in Golden ranging from the 1870s to the present. Activities include writing, filming, and starring in a silent movie, touring the Golden Fire Station, and getting dressed up for a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse.

Education Curator Jessica Lira commented, “We’re going to have so many new options and programs this year that kids who have participated in the past will have completely new experiences. We’re very excited about the changes.”

Each week, two different themes provide a completely different experience during the morning and afternoon sessions. Multiple weeks are also available.

Eight weeklong sessions will take place from June 6 – August 5 at Clear Creek History Park, located at 11th and Arapahoe Streets, near downtown Golden. The camp is divided into morning and afternoon sessions lasting from 8:30 – 11:30 and 12:30 – 3:30.

Each session is $85 for Golden History Museums members, and $100 for non-members. Register online at GoldenHistoryMuseums.org or by phone, 303-278-3557.

 

Golden in Focus: Historic Photo Show & Sale

GOLDEN, Colo., November 1, 2010 – Golden in Focus: Historic Photo Show & Sale opens on Dec. 3 at the Golden History Center at 923 10th St., in conjunction with Golden’s Candlelight Walk.  Golden History Museums is the City’s oldest museum (we’ll celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2013), and we’re proud to say that we have some pretty cool things in our “attic,” including a fabulous historic photo collection that numbers well over 600 prints. To create Golden in Focus, we invited Scott Dressel-Martin, professional photographer and filmmaker, to examine our collection and help us choose a good selection of images that document Golden’s colorful past.

Our iconic Golden subject matter is as diverse as the 1934 Golden High School Prom and the Colorado & Southern train yard in Golden, to a group shot of Adolf and crew at Coors Brewery and some gorgeous views of the City taken from high atop the Lariat Trail.

You can even purchase a professionally printed copy, and you’ll feel good knowing that the money you’re spending will help us take better care of our growing collection.

If you don’t see anything you like among the 36 photos on display, just wait, because our collection continues to grow. In case you didn’t realize it, we actively collect all photos that document life in Golden. So, if you have some old photos that chronicle life in Golden, please give us a call. We’re specifically looking for snapshots of Magic Mountain and East Tin Cup, among other spots. Call Mark at 303.278.3557 if you think can help.

 

Learn History From Those Who Lived It

GOLDEN, Colo., September 10, 2010 – A unique opportunity to hear about the history of one of Colorado’s oldest cities, from a group of women who lived through it. “A Woman’s Life in Golden” covers nearly 80 years of Golden history in first-person accounts. The book is filled with 27 different tales from multiple female perspectives, revealing details of life seldom heard of anymore; everything from riding the Lookout Mountain funicular to rationing tires, gas and food during World War II.

Lorraine Wagenbach and Betty Bloom are the only two surviving original writers. They will hold a special lecture and book signing at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at the Golden History Center, 923 10th St. in Golden. Tickets are $3 for members and $6 for non-members. They will discuss the real-life women whose voices are memorialized in the book.

The surviving authors, as well as historians from Golden History Museums (GHM) are available for interviews to talk about the book. GHM welcomes any opportunity to promote an amazing time in Colorado history.

A Woman’s Life in Golden was originally released in 1980. It is now being re-released by Golden History Museums.

 

Golden History Museums’ Fundraiser is an Outdoor Hootenanny for Bluegrass Fans

GOLDEN, Colo., June 1, 2010 – Hundreds of music fans will be treated to a special outdoor performance by Spring Creek during the Summer Solstice Music Festival museum fundraiser at the Clear Creek History Park from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2010.

The annual Summer Solstice Music Festival is a fundraiser for Golden History Museums’ programming and exhibits.

Featured band Spring Creek is the 2007 Telluride and RockyGrass Festival winner, and the first to win both titles in the same year. They have earned spots at many other regional festivals, and this year will be joined in Golden by two other local bands: Jonny Woodrose & the Broken-Hearted Woodpeckers, and Bonnie and the Beard.

Grass-seating will be on a natural hillside amphitheater, and guests will enjoy a variety of toe-tapping live bluegrass, folk, and Americana music.

Made possible in part by MillerCoors, the festival will feature locally made beer and barbeque for sale.

Advance adult tickets are available now at the Golden History Center and the Astor House Museum for $10, or $9 for GHM members. Adult nonmember tickets will be $12 at the gate. College students with ID get in for $9, youth ages 10-17 cost $5, and children under 10 are free.

The Clear Creek History Park is located at 11th and Arapahoe Streets in Golden.

Golden History Museums connects people to the history of Golden, Colorado through innovative exhibits, dynamic programs and historic collections, and strives to foster a sense of place and build community by being the leading source for local history.

 

Learn by Doing at the Weeklong Hands-on History Summer Program

GOLDEN, Colo. May 20, 2010 – Kids ages 6-10 will get an up-close and personal experience with history this summer at Clear Creek History Park by spending a day doing old-fashioned chores, sampling 1800s subjects in a one-room schoolhouse, and testing their volunteer firefighter skills.

Other activities include playing vintage baseball for the historic Golden Reds, making old-time crafts and toys, and feeding the chickens.

Seven weeklong sessions will take place from June 7 – July 30 at Clear Creek History Park, located at 11th and Arapahoe Streets, near downtown Golden. The cost is $160 for Golden History Museums members, and $195 for non-members. Register online at GoldenHistoryMuseums.org or by phone, 303-278-3557.

 

Enjoy Past Pursuits at Clear Creek History Park

Visitors to Golden History Museums this summer will learn about bees, make ice cream, and cook on a woodstove, among other fun activities at Clear Creek History Park.

There’s something different to do every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June through August from 10 am – 3 pm. Check the calendar page at GoldenHistoryMuseums.org, or simply drop-in and see what’s happening at Clear Creek History Park.

Access to Clear Creek History Park and Past Pursuits activities is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

Golden History Museums connects people to the history of Golden, Colorado through innovative exhibits, dynamic programs and historic collections, and strives to foster a sense of place and build community by being the leading source for local history.

 

Golden History Museums Moves to City of Golden Management



GOLDEN, Colo., April. 23, 2010—Effective July 1, 2010, Golden History Museums (GHM) will become a division of the City of Golden, under the Parks and Recreation Department. This transfer of management responsibility was approved by the City Council during their meeting on April 22. Also approved was the formation of a Cultural Services and Museum Advisory Board for the City. This agreement came after months of due diligence and discussion amongst GHM, the City and the many stakeholders of the museums.

Golden History Museums, a non-profit corporation, has been under contract with the City of Golden to manage and operate three historic sites in Golden – Astor House Museum, Clear Creek History Park, and the Golden History Center (formerly called the Pioneer Museum) since 2008. Prior to 2008, GHM was known as Friends of Astor House/Clear Creek History Park which managed those two properties for many years. This new agreement will supersede the current operating agreement which runs from 2008 – 2012.

GHM has a clear mission to connect people to the history of Golden through innovative exhibits, dynamic programs and historic collections. The GHM Board of Directors and the City have come to a mutual agreement that the citizens of Golden are best served by having the City directly manage this museum group rather than using a third party museum management company. The key to this decision was the fact that the City owns the properties and artifacts under management by GHM and that is the most typical business arrangement for small municipal museums. Rod Tarullo, Director of Parks, Recreation and Golf for the City applauded the successes of GHM over the past year. “We are indebted to the staff, board and volunteers of GHM for running an efficient and successful museum group which continues to be a source of pride for the Golden community.”

As part of this agreement, the current staff of GHM will stay with the organization and become City employees, continuing their exceptional oversight of the museums. This new contract creates even more opportunities for citizens to be involved in the City’s museums through participation with a new Friends of GHM organization and through a new Advisory Board.

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