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Aug
29
Thu
Insider’s Discovery: Tour of Golden History Park @ Golden History Park
Aug 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Insider’s Discovery: Tour of Golden History Park

Members only: please 303-278-3557 call to register. If you’re not a member already, please join today!

The History Park is home to many of the original buildings from the old Pearce Ranch in Golden Gate Canyon. Thomas and Henrietta Pearce, pictured here, raised eight children on their ranch. It was one of the largest in the area by 1912. 

Thomas and Henrietta Pearce

Learn the whole story with staff experts from Golden History Museum.

Read more here.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Park

Register by phone: 303-278-3557.

Membership

Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. Join us.

 

Aug
31
Sat
2019 Homesteaders’ Day 3 @ Golden History Park
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

August Homesteaders’ Day

Homesteaders’ Day

Celebrate Homesteaders’ Day! Experience 19th century homesteading, explore the historic cabins, try woodstove cooking, learn about blacksmithing, and take a lesson at the one-room schoolhouse. This event is drop-in style; there is no registration. Come any time between 10 am and 2 pm for any length of time.

The History Park is home to many of the original buildings from the old Pearce Ranch in Golden Gate Canyon. Thomas and Henrietta Pearce, pictured here, raised eight children on their ranch. It was one of the largest in the area by 1912. 

Thomas and Henrietta Pearce

Stroll through this park and imagine yourself growing potatoes or raising chickens as part of a homesteading family. Peek through the windows of real 1800s cabins and see other buildings from the ranch like the barn, chicken coop and two-seat outhouse.

Also, see the 1876 Guy Hill schoolhouse which was originally located in the canyon too, but on a different property. It served the needs of canyon locals until 1951.

Read more here.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Park

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; drop in anytime

Free for all

Membership

Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. Join us.

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

Our rustic three-acre park is ideal for those with a “Do It Yourself (DIY)” mindset. Whether you are interested in having your wedding ceremony and/or reception with us or intent on hosting a large event such as family reunion or a corporate retreat, Golden History Park offers a unique experience for your guests. It’s only a short walk from downtown Golden which features shopping, restaurants, and more.

Sep
4
Wed
Tourism, Make-Believe, and the Built Environment: Colorado’s Mid-Century Tourist Parks @ Golden History Museum
Sep 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tourism, Make-Believe, and the Built Environment: Colorado’s Mid-Century Tourist Parks

Join our panel as we take a visual journey to Colorado’s historic theme parks, featuring those built around the mid-century heyday of American tourism and family road trips (envision wood-paneled station wagon and no seatbelts!). Design, kitsch, and make-believe all merge in these creative, nostalgic and visually rich set designs that have become part of our historic Colorado fabric. Presented by Michelle Slaughter, Abigail Christman, Jane Watkins, and Cindy Nasky.

Michelle Slaughter – Historical Archaeologist at Metcalf Archaeology Consultants

Michelle Slaughter is a historical archaeologist who has devoted her career to the exploration of the recent past in the western United States, researching and working at a variety of historic sites including the Molly Brown House, the Governor’s Mansion, the Matchless Mine in Leadville, the Granada Relocation Center (formerly known as Camp Amache), the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Bent’s Old and New Forts, and the ghost town, St. Elmo.  She enjoys public outreach and bringing alive the things she learns during her work.  She is a member of the State Historical Fund Advisory Council and was recently appointed by former Governor Hickenlooper to Colorado’s Historic Preservation Review Board.

Abigail Christman – Senior City Planner at City and County of Denver

Abigail Christman is a Senior City Planner in Landmark Preservation at the City and County of Denver. Christman has a varied background in preservation having previously worked for consulting firms, a non-profit, and a university research center.  Her experience includes design review, reconnaissance and intensive-level surveys, National Register nominations, Section 106 consultation, preservation tax credit certification, and public outreach. Christman previously served on Denver’s Landmark Preservation Commission. She holds a M.A. in Public History/Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University and a M.A. in Histories and Theories of Architecture from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, England.

Jane Watkins – Owner Watkins Stained Glass

Jane Watkins has owned Watkins Stained Glass for the past 35 years with her husband, Phil. She holds a BFA Art History – CU Boulder and currently serves on Colorado Preservation Inc.’s Board. She is a member of Association for Preservation Technology, the Fairmount Heritage Foundation, and the Stained Glass Association of America, and previously served on Historic Denver’s Sacred Landmark Committee. Watkins Stained Glass Studio’s major recent projects have included: Restoration of the Colorado State Capitol’s 27 stained glass windows, Molly Brown House Museum, St. Paul United Methodist Church/Belongs, Trinity United Methodist Church, St. John’s Cathedral. Watkins Stained Glass also did thousands of Mid-Century stained glass windows in homes and churches in the Rocky Mountain area. Jane is devoted to Historic Preservation.

Cindy Nasky – Director of Preservation Programs at Colorado Historical Foundation

Cindy Nasky attended Miami University for design/art history and CSU for a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation and Public History. She then worked as staff preservationist for a Cincinnati group focusing on restoration and low-income housing.  In 1994, she happily returned to Colorado to work for the fledgling SHF (State Historical Fund). This experience served her well at her work with Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) as a project manager and preservation specialist.  From 2005 to the present, she has worked with the Colorado Historical Foundation (CHF) as Easements Administrator and, more recently, Director of Preservation Programs.


Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members

Membership

Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. Join us.

Facility Rental

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Sep
12
Thu
Randi Samuelson-Brown: Sex and Drugs in the 1890s @ Golden History Museum
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Randi Samuelson-Brown: Sex and Drugs in the 1890s

Join us for a boisterous look at the 1890s world of prostitution, licit and illicit drugs, bad whiskey recipes, and the saloon and brothel culture that flourished in Colorado.

Copies of Randi Samuelson-Brown’s book, The Beaten Territory, will be available for purchase and signing.


Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members

Membership

Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. Join us.

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

Sep
24
Tue
Senior “Summer” Camp @ three locations
Sep 24 – Sep 26 all-day

Three-day Senior “Summer” Camp

Do you have what it takes to build a colorful tangram? Have you ever swung a blacksmith’s hammer? When is the last time you shaped something with clay? You’ll learn all these skills and more from experienced tradespeople at three Golden cultural organizations: Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Foothills Art Center, and Golden History Museum & Park. Come relive the days of your youth at summer camp (even if you never went) and experience these rare arts and unusual crafts from local masters.

This dynamic program will be held on three consecutive days at three different locations, each with different, specific times.

Details below.

Day One, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019

Meet at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. Program starts at 10 a.m. Please bring your lunch as there will be a lunch break from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

200 Violet St #140, Golden, CO 80401

Day Two, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019

Meet at Foothills Art Center. Program starts at 10 a.m. Please bring your lunch as there will be a lunch break from 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

809 15th St, Golden, CO 80401

Day Three, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019

Meet at Golden History Museum. Program starts at 12 p.m. Please bring your lunch as there will be a lunch break from 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

To commemorate your days at camp, please invite your family or friends to join us for a closing party at Golden History Museum. Light refreshments will be served. 

12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. for class; 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. for closing party

923 10th St., Golden, CO 80401


Pricing

$160 members; $200 non-members, plus online registration fee

Membership

Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. Join us.

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

Oct
5
Sat
Black & White Night 2019
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Black & White Night 2019

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Discover Golden’s history with your taste buds. Join us for a fun-filled evening of mingling, sampling and socializing all for a great cause—benefitting Golden History Museum & Park’s Free Admission Campaign.

5 to 6 pm • Golden Distiller’s VIP Experience
6 to 9 pm • Black & White Night
$50 Individual • $90 Pair • +$30 per person VIP

(includes dinner, dessert, drinks, and drawing)

Advance registration is required; tickets will NOT be available at the door.

Deadline is September 30, 2019. Purchase tickets:

  1. in-person
  2. by calling 303-278-3557
  3. by sending a check
  4. at eventbrite (online fee will apply).

Menu

Cornish Miner’s Pasty Dinner by Pasty Republic

Choose from: Foreman (cheese & potato), Caretaker (chicken & vegetable), or Miners (steak & potato).

Golden-inspired Desserts by The Dessert Stand

Spudnut Potato Flour Mini Donuts
Malted Milk Panna Cotta & Raspberry Gelee
Tiramisu & Malted Milk Cream
Cherry, Apple, and Peach Hand Pies
Jolly Rancher Stained Glass Sugar Cookies
Cake Pops Rolled in Crushed Jolly Ranchers

Select beverages by Golden Moon Distillery, Holidaily Brewing Company, and Miners Saloon.

Golden Distiller’s VIP Experience

Enjoy an exclusive experience learning the fascinating history of distilling in Golden and Colorado. Sample specialty spirits from Golden Moon Distillery. Space is limited for this exclusive affair.

Additional $30 per person.

Questions?

Call 303-278-3557.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oct
21
Mon
Wild Things in Ancient Places: The Archaeology of the National Wildlife Refuges @ Golden History Museum
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Wild Things in Ancient Places: The Archaeology of the National Wildlife Refuges

Somewhere beneath the tracks of the bison, the nests of the piping plover, and the burrows of the black-footed ferret are the tools and fires of earlier peoples. These animals and their habitats are protected on our National Wildlife Refuges – a system of public lands that also offers a rare opportunity to preserve archaeological sites and historic places (and the occasional dinosaur). The eight states that comprise the Mountain – Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge system extend from the Canadian border to the desert southwest. The cultural resources of the region span 12,000 years from Paleoindian camp sites to Depression-era fire towers. The paleontological remains, archaeological sites, and historic structures found on the Refuges are diverse and wonderful and provide some unique challenges.

Presented by Meg Van Ness, Regional Historic Preservation Officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members

Membership

Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. Join us.

Facility Rental

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Oct
26
Sat
Golden Cemetery Tour 2019 @ Golden Cemetery
Oct 26 all-day

Golden Cemetery Tour 2019

Visit the graves of legendary Golden characters. Hear stories about their lives from famous storyteller, Dennis Potter, Museum volunteer since 2008 and retired Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Captain. Read Dennis’s profile.

Tours begin and end at the Golden Cemetery. This program sells out every year, so get your tickets early. This is a rain-or-shine event; weather will not force a cancellation.

Two tours are available:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

Pricing

$0 members; $10 non-members, plus online registration fee

Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. Join us.

About Golden Cemetery

The City of Golden owns and operates the Golden Cemetery. Among the historic notables buried here is George West. West, a Golden founder, started the Colorado Transcript newspaper in 1866.

Additionally, Seth Lake, builder of Astor House in 1867, is buried in the Golden Cemetery. Many other pioneers and characters of the early west are at rest here.

Membership

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Facility Rental

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