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Golden History Museums events and programming explore a wide variety of historic subjects presented by expert instructors. Learn about your community or neighborhood, apply historic skills in a modern way, or create something with your hands.

Advance registration is required for most events. Click “read more” to get details and sign up.

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Mar
9
Thu
Hayden’s Landscapes Revisited @ Golden History Center
Mar 9 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Hayden’s Landscapes Revisited @ Golden History Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

Geographer Tom Huber’s project, “Hayden’s Landscapes Revisited” compares Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden’s original surveys of the American West with Huber’s own contemporary photographs and drawings. Join us for a discussion on time and place in the ever-changing place we call Colorado.

Mar
10
Fri
Melodramas, Vaudeville and Colorado-made movies @ Golden History Center
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Colorado-made movies

Learn from historian Ed Weising about early forms of fun and Colorado-made movies.

Opera houses offered shows in most Colorado towns from about 1870 until 1920. In Denver theaters, silent films were on the big screens. Locally, Golden movie houses featured popular films of the day. Some films were shot in Golden and movie stars even lived in the area. Ed will tell you about some of these stars.

Note: this is a new date that differs from printed material.

More resources

Ed Weising is a popular presenter for Golden History Museums and his tours often sell out.

See pictures of early Golden on the GHM website. 

Here’s one of the Golden Gem theater located on Washington Avenue.

Colorado-made movies

photo: Golden History Museums, City of Golden Collection

Mar
21
Tue
Curious Castles and Mysterious Mansions of Colorado @ Golden History Center
Mar 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Curious Castles and Mysterious Mansions of Colorado @ Golden History Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

Curious Castles

Historian Ed Weising regales you with stories about Colorado’s curious castles and mysterious mansions. Scandal! Mysterious deaths! Weird happenings! Learn about the Red Baron’s relatives, a wife who refused to live in a castle built just to her liking, and much more.

Other programs

If you like this one, you’ll be sure to like the GHM programs on Colorado Tourism on Thursday, April 20th, and Georgetown’s Miners and Moguls on Thursday, July 20th.

There are also numerous walking tours available in Golden. Learn about the historic Colorado School of Mines campus and its buildings on the Thursday, May 11th program.

Mar
30
Thu
Murder on Seminole Road: Golden’s “Bonnie and Clyde” @ Golden History Center
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Murder on Seminole Road: Golden’s “Bonnie and Clyde” @ Golden History Center | Golden | Colorado | United States
Back by popular demand, enjoy another forensic foray with Dennis Potter: “Murder on Seminole Road: Golden’s “Bonnie & Clyde”.

On September 16, 1959, the body of a Denver playboy was found in a shallow grave on the bank of Clear Creek. The culprits? Golden’s “Bonnie & Clyde”. This pair of evildoers relished their final days of freedom.

Dennis Potter, retired Captain of the Jefferson County Colorado Sheriff’s Department, criminal justice professor, and previous presenter of the popular “Operation Hideout: The Investigation into the Kidnapping and Murder of Adolph Coors III” returns for this exciting program. The content contains graphic material and may not be suitable for children.

Apr
7
Fri
Rubino Duo Recital @ Golden History Center
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Rubino Duo Recital @ Golden History Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

Rubino Duo Recital

Golden History Center welcomes back for another Rubino Duo Recital. Liz Hicks-Kimmey will dazzle you on the flute and Don Hilsberg will lull you with the harp. They will cover the works of diverse composers from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

This recital is open to all ages and will take place at the Golden History Center from 7:30 – 9 PM.

If you love live music, also consider our next recital with OB3 and Friends on April 14.

Apr
14
Fri
OB3 and Friends @ Golden History Center
Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
OB3 and Friends @ Golden History Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

OB3 and Friends Recital

Formerly known as the Jefferson Symphony Trio, OB3 and Friends will serenade you into spring. They will deliver a short recital of music from a wide variety of musical styles.

The recital is open to all ages and will take place at the Golden History Center from 7:30 – 9 PM.

If you love live music, consider joining us for the Rubino Duo Recital on April 7 or visiting the Turn it Up exhibit at the Golden History Center.

 

Apr
20
Thu
Colorado Tourism @ Golden History Center
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Colorado Tourism @ Golden History Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

Colorado Tourism

Colorado is home to world-class attractions and tourist spots. People come from far and wide to see the majesty of the mountains and stunning forests.  Learn about treasures like Royal Gorge, Glenwood Hot Springs, and Pikes Peak Railway.

Why is Colorado tourism such a big deal for the economy and the residents? Answer this question and more. Join historian Ed Weising for a grand tour of all the tourist traps and hidden gems that have made Colorado the “it” destination.

Join us at Golden History Center

The program will take place at Golden History Center from 6 – 8 PM.

May
11
Thu
Colorado School of Mines Walking Tour @ Golden History Center
May 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Colorado School of Mines Walking Tour @ Golden History Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

Colorado School of Mines Walking Tour

Congratulations CSM Class of 2017! In honor of another stellar graduating class, local historian and storyteller Ed Weising will lead a Mines walking tour. See the university grounds. Hear stories of the buildings’ namesakes. Visit the world-famous Geology Museum. Learn how CSM became one of the leading engineering colleges in the country.

Learn a bit about the school before the tour from their website.

Join us at Golden History Center

First, the group will meet at Golden History Center at 1 PM. Following the walk, the group will return to GHC around 3 PM. Enjoy a (hopefully) sunny Colorado spring day outside.

May
16
Tue
Trappers and Mountain Men of Colorado @ Golden History Center
May 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Trappers and Mountain Men of Colorado @ Golden History Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

Trappers and Mountain Men of Colorado

The fur trade was one of the main economic ventures in North America. Seeking fortune, Colorado Mountain Men were brave and bold.

Historian Ed Weising will recount the exploits and deeds of mountain men like Kit Carson, James Beckwourth, Jim Colter and Jim Bridger. Experience the excitement of the rendezvous in this adventurous program!

Join us at Golden History Center

Lecture begins at Golden History Center at 1 PM sharp. The program will last around two hours.

More great programs

If you’re interested in Mountain Men, you’ll like our next program too. Check out Native Americans in Colorado on June 15th.

Jun
15
Thu
Golden Territorial Days Walking Tour @ Golden History Center
Jun 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Golden Territorial Days Walking Tour @ Golden History Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

Golden Territorial Days Walking Tour

Step back in time with Ed Weising for the Golden Territorial Days Walking Tour. Experience stories of Old West pioneers such as Rufus Sage and George Jackson. The tour will also visit historic sites along Clear Creek and buildings throughout downtown Golden.

Join us at Golden History Center

First, the group will meet at Golden History Center at  10:30 am. Following the walk, the group will return to GHC around 12:30 PM. Enjoy a sunny Colorado summer day outside.

Native Americans in Colorado @ Golden History Center
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Native Americans in Colorado @ Golden History Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

Native Americans in Colorado

Join us for a trip back in time as historian Ed Weising gives a glimpse into Colorado Native Americans. Hear about the lives, traditions, and tales of Colorado’s original inhabitants. Learn about the Anasazi, the Arapaho, the Cheyenne, and the Utes and the presence of Native Americans in Golden.

Join us at Golden History Center

Lecture begins at Golden History Center at 6 PM sharp. The program will last around two hours.

More great programs

If you’re interested in Native Americans, you’ll like our other programs too. Check out Territorial Days Walking Tour, also on June 15th.

Jun
17
Sat
Western Mining with Patty Limerick @ Golden History Center
Jun 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Western Mining with Patty Limerick @ Golden History Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

Patty Limerick’s Western Mining

Patty Limerick’s Western Mining program features conversation on bridging the gap between past and present. Learn about issues within the context of Colorado’s rich mining history.

Patty Limerick promotes to civil, problem-solving discourse on exploration of controversial modern topics. She is Colorado Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West, as well as Colorado State Historian.

Join us at Golden History Center

Program begins at Golden History Center at 2 p.m. sharp. The program will last around an hour.

More great programs

If you’re interested in Western Mining, you’ll like our other programs too. Check out Georgetown’s Miners and Moguls in July.

Pricing

Members always get a discount. Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. Join us.

Jun
24
Sat
Homesteaders’ Day 5 @ Clear Creek History Park
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Homesteaders’ Day 5 @ Clear Creek History Park | Golden | Colorado | United States

Experience 19th century homesteading, explore the historic cabins, try woodstove cooking, learn about blacksmithing, and take a lesson at the schoolhouse.

photo: Chris Pagley

Jul
20
Thu
Georgetown’s Miners and Moguls @ Golden History Center
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Georgetown's Miners and Moguls @ Golden History Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

Georgetown’s Miners, Moguls

The Pike’s Peak Gold Rush made this town. Later, it was called the “Silver Queen of Colorado.” It’s now a popular tourist stop with a loop railway. Georgetown has worn many hats! Georgetown’s Miners, Moguls is the topic of historian Ed Weising for this evening. Celebrate the town and the characters who reinvented it over the years.

Join us at Golden History Center

Program begins at Golden History Center at 6 p.m. sharp. The program will last around two hours.

Pricing

Members always get a discount. Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. Join us.

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