Calendar

Jun
22
Sat
Open House @ Golden History Park
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Open house at Golden History Park

We’re ready to see you for our next Open House! See sparks fly at the blacksmith shop. Take a lesson at the schoolhouse or make a craft in the historic Reynolds Cabin. Explore the Pearce Cabin and learn how the woodstove works. There’s enough fun at the Golden History Park for the whole family!

Visit on select Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May through August. Join in hands-on activities, learn about pioneer history from our interpreters, and see special demonstrations. See history in action and transport yourself to the 1800s!

After you’re done at the park, swing by Golden History Museum to see our latest exhibits, open Saturdays until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free to the Park and the Museum.

Varied history opportunities await you

Varied programs are offered throughout the year. Consider a membership to get special program pricing and other benefits like 10% off in the museum gift shop.

Further, lots of fun history opportunities await you in the Golden History Museum & Park online collection. There are about 15,000 items in our collection and you’re sure to find something that interests you about Golden.

schoolhouse lesson at history park open house

Jun
25
Tue
LGBTQ Stories from the American Frontier @ Golden History Museum
Jun 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Program Overview

This talk will cover topics, methods, and views of LGBTQ people in American history from the Revolutionary period to the Civil War.  Along the frontier from the Rio Grande to the Rocky Mountain region, frontiers offered a space which was both highly homosocial and a space for reinvention. Laws, politics, and moral values around gender and sexuality radically shifted by the end of the 19th century. Public views of LGBTQ people became harsher by the end of the 19th and hegemonically oppressive by the middle of the 20th. Yet resistance to such oppression flourished in the arts and private social spaces which fostered the contemporary LGBTQ rights movement.

About Presenter David Duffield

David Duffield is the creator of the Colorado LGBTQ History Project, a board member of the Committee on LGBTQ History, presented at the Western History Association, the American Historical Association, winner of the 2023 Eleanor Gehres Award from Denver Public Library’s Western History Department and the 2019 Denver LGBTQ Commission Community Service Award, and works as a teacher in Denver Public Schools.  In his work as a historian with the Center on Colfax for the Colorado LGBTQ History Project, the accomplishments include 100 oral histories, the first tours, lesson plans, 6 exhibits on LGBTQ history, as well as contributions and talks with multiple organizations.

Tickets

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Jul
6
Sat
Open House @ Golden History Park
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Open house at Golden History Park

We’re ready to see you for our next Open House! See sparks fly at the blacksmith shop. Take a lesson at the schoolhouse or make a craft in the historic Reynolds Cabin. Explore the Pearce Cabin and learn how the woodstove works. There’s enough fun at the Golden History Park for the whole family!

Visit on select Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May through August. Join in hands-on activities, learn about pioneer history from our interpreters, and see special demonstrations. See history in action and transport yourself to the 1800s!

After you’re done at the park, swing by Golden History Museum to see our latest exhibits, open Saturdays until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free to the Park and the Museum.

Varied history opportunities await you

Varied programs are offered throughout the year. Consider a membership to get special program pricing and other benefits like 10% off in the museum gift shop.

Further, lots of fun history opportunities await you in the Golden History Museum & Park online collection. There are about 15,000 items in our collection and you’re sure to find something that interests you about Golden.

schoolhouse lesson at history park open house

Jul
20
Sat
Open House @ Golden History Park
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Open house at Golden History Park

We’re ready to see you for our next Open House! See sparks fly at the blacksmith shop. Take a lesson at the schoolhouse or make a craft in the historic Reynolds Cabin. Explore the Pearce Cabin and learn how the woodstove works. There’s enough fun at the Golden History Park for the whole family!

Visit on select Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May through August. Join in hands-on activities, learn about pioneer history from our interpreters, and see special demonstrations. See history in action and transport yourself to the 1800s!

After you’re done at the park, swing by Golden History Museum to see our latest exhibits, open Saturdays until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free to the Park and the Museum.

Varied history opportunities await you

Varied programs are offered throughout the year. Consider a membership to get special program pricing and other benefits like 10% off in the museum gift shop.

Further, lots of fun history opportunities await you in the Golden History Museum & Park online collection. There are about 15,000 items in our collection and you’re sure to find something that interests you about Golden.

schoolhouse lesson at history park open house

Jul
30
Tue
Gender on the Frontier @ Golden History Museum
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Program Overview

This talk will overview the scope of gender in the American West with a focus on gender nonconformity, laws governing gender representation, public efforts to clean up spaces of gender illusion, and finally the real-life consequences for violating anti-crossdressing laws.

About Presenter David Duffield

David Duffield is the creator of the Colorado LGBTQ History Project, a board member of the Committee on LGBTQ History, presented at the Western History Association, the American Historical Association, winner of the 2023 Eleanor Gehres Award from Denver Public Library’s Western History Department and the 2019 Denver LGBTQ Commission Community Service Award, and works as a teacher in Denver Public Schools.  In his work as a historian with the Center on Colfax for the Colorado LGBTQ History Project, the accomplishments include 100 oral histories, the first tours, lesson plans, 6 exhibits on LGBTQ history, as well as contributions and talks with multiple organizations.

Tickets

Purchase tickets on webtrac.

Aug
3
Sat
Open House @ Golden History Park
Aug 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Open house at Golden History Park

We’re ready to see you for our next Open House! See sparks fly at the blacksmith shop. Take a lesson at the schoolhouse or make a craft in the historic Reynolds Cabin. Explore the Pearce Cabin and learn how the woodstove works. There’s enough fun at the Golden History Park for the whole family!

Visit on select Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May through August. Join in hands-on activities, learn about pioneer history from our interpreters, and see special demonstrations. See history in action and transport yourself to the 1800s!

After you’re done at the park, swing by Golden History Museum to see our latest exhibits, open Saturdays until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free to the Park and the Museum.

Varied history opportunities await you

Varied programs are offered throughout the year. Consider a membership to get special program pricing and other benefits like 10% off in the museum gift shop.

Further, lots of fun history opportunities await you in the Golden History Museum & Park online collection. There are about 15,000 items in our collection and you’re sure to find something that interests you about Golden.

schoolhouse lesson at history park open house

Aug
13
Tue
America and the Boer War @ Golden History Museum
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Boer War and America

historic image of horseMoore will speak on a little discussed aspect of world history – America and the Boer War. Around 1900 the British had wars going throughout their Empire. The major action was in southern Africa, the Boer War. Of course, the Boers, farmers of northern European descent, fought for their way of life and homeland. To support the action, the Royal Army sought horses wherever possible. The British government bought some 250,000 horses and mules in the US. They were consolidated, entrained, and sent to New Orleans. Ships carrying 1,000 horses sailed to Africa almost daily. There was active opposition to the war in the US and elsewhere.

Stan Moore is an author, speaker and historian. He has been described several ways. The repeatable ones include: husband, father and grandfather; author and speaker; retired small business owner; CU graduate; third generation Coloradan; hiker, backpacker and mountaineer; Vietnam veteran; hobbyist blacksmith. He and his wife make home near Denver with a cat who lets them stay there.   He is the author of six books, one history and five historical novels set around 1900s Colorado.

Tickets

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Aug
17
Sat
Blacksmithing in the Park, August @ Golden History Park
Aug 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Blacksmithing every third Saturday

Have you always wanted to learn about blacksmithing but you’ve had trouble finding a good option? Join our volunteer every third Saturday at Golden History Park for a fun morning of observation and learning about blacksmithing. Our recreated blacksmith shop, complete with historic tools and coal-fired forge, will transport you to the 1800s. Bring your technical questions and your camera and we’ll take care of the rest.

After you’re done at the park, swing by Golden History Museum to see our latest exhibits, open Saturdays until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free to the Park and the Museum.

Varied history opportunities await you

A variety of programs are offered throughout the year. Consider a membership to open the doors of special program pricing and other benefits like 10% off in the museum gift shop.

Lots of fun history opportunities await you in the Golden History Museum & Park online collection. We have approximately 15,000 items in our collection and you’re sure to find something that interests you about Golden.

Photo: Povy Kendal Atchison

blacksmithing at Golden History Park

Aug
31
Sat
Open House @ Golden History Park
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Open house at Golden History Park

We’re ready to see you for our next Open House! See sparks fly at the blacksmith shop. Take a lesson at the schoolhouse or make a craft in the historic Reynolds Cabin. Explore the Pearce Cabin and learn how the woodstove works. There’s enough fun at the Golden History Park for the whole family!

Visit on select Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May through August. Join in hands-on activities, learn about pioneer history from our interpreters, and see special demonstrations. See history in action and transport yourself to the 1800s!

After you’re done at the park, swing by Golden History Museum to see our latest exhibits, open Saturdays until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free to the Park and the Museum.

Varied history opportunities await you

Varied programs are offered throughout the year. Consider a membership to get special program pricing and other benefits like 10% off in the museum gift shop.

Further, lots of fun history opportunities await you in the Golden History Museum & Park online collection. There are about 15,000 items in our collection and you’re sure to find something that interests you about Golden.

schoolhouse lesson at history park open house

Sep
14
Sat
Capote Coat Making Class @ Golden History Museum
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Capote Coat Making Class

Join expert Aaron “Hutch” Hutchings in making your very own capote coat (a long wrap-style wool coat) using a wool blanket. Attendees will need to bring their own wool blanket for a true finished product, but fleece will be provided to any attendees unable to bring a blanket. This class will take you step-by-step through each step of the coat. You will leave class with a coat and the skill to make more for the whole family.

Aaron “Hutch” Hutchings is a Colorado native, veteran, and father of four. He was raised in the Rocky Mountains by a real mountain man and hunting guide he called Grandpa. His love for adventure was first sparked by his grandfather’s teaching and stories. This spark was blown into flame in the Boy Scouts and fanned to a full-on bonfire in the Marine Corps. Read more about Hutch in his instructor bio or on his website. You can also find him on Instagram.

Tickets

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Sep
17
Tue
The History of the Electoral College @ Golden History Museum
Sep 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The History of the Electoral College

What is the electoral college, how does it work, and why was it put in place? This program will dive into the electoral college, why Colorado has the number of votes it does, and other interesting facts about the history of voting.

This program will be presented by Kathleen Eaton and Bianca Barriskill, staff at the Golden History Museum. Read their bios here.  

Tickets

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Sep
21
Sat
Blacksmithing in the Park, September @ Golden History Park
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Blacksmithing every third Saturday

Have you always wanted to learn about blacksmithing but you’ve had trouble finding a good option? Join our volunteer every third Saturday at Golden History Park for a fun morning of observation and learning about blacksmithing. Our recreated blacksmith shop, complete with historic tools and coal-fired forge, will transport you to the 1800s. Bring your technical questions and your camera and we’ll take care of the rest.

After you’re done at the park, swing by Golden History Museum to see our latest exhibits, open Saturdays until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free to the Park and the Museum.

Varied history opportunities await you

A variety of programs are offered throughout the year. Consider a membership to open the doors of special program pricing and other benefits like 10% off in the museum gift shop.

Lots of fun history opportunities await you in the Golden History Museum & Park online collection. We have approximately 15,000 items in our collection and you’re sure to find something that interests you about Golden.

Photo: Povy Kendal Atchison

blacksmithing at Golden History Park

Oct
6
Sun
Autumn Fest 2024 @ Golden History Museum
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Autumn Fest 2024

AUtumn Fest

Autumn Fest is a free celebration of Golden featuring hands-on activities for the whole family, including crafts, big trucks, and even farm animals. Join us to welcome the fall season at Golden History Museum (923 10th St.), proudly sponsored by:

ZenBusiness

Lamber Goodnow

O’Sullivan Personal Injury Law Firm

Fuicelli & Lee

Purvis Gray Thomson

Dolan + Zimmerman LLP

Golden Downtown Development Authority

Sign Gypsies Foothills

Free and Low-Cost Family Activities

  • make-your-craft station and lawn games (hoop toss, ladder ball, and cornhole)
  • 4-H petting zoo
  • big trucks
  • costumed Civil War interpretation
  • live music from Alibi

2024 Partners

  • Colorado Volunteer Infantry Group
  • 4-H
  • Ready, Set, Adventure Box
  • Tesoro Cultural Center
  • CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties
  • Jeffco Open Space
  • Mines Museum of Earth Science
  • Colorado Mountain Club
  • Golden Library
  • Golden Streets Department

Sponsors

   
 
 
 
 

Autumn Fest Gallery

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum and Golden History Park

Free

Registration

Unlike most GHM&P programs, there is no registration for Autumn Fest.

Membership

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

More Golden history

Check out the Golden History Museum & Park blog for the latest behind the scenes videos and stories, personal memoirs, and history tidbits about Golden.

Oct
19
Sat
Blacksmithing in the Park, October @ Golden History Park
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Blacksmithing every third Saturday

Have you always wanted to learn about blacksmithing but you’ve had trouble finding a good option? Join our volunteer every third Saturday at Golden History Park for a fun morning of observation and learning about blacksmithing. Our recreated blacksmith shop, complete with historic tools and coal-fired forge, will transport you to the 1800s. Bring your technical questions and your camera and we’ll take care of the rest.

After you’re done at the park, swing by Golden History Museum to see our latest exhibits, open Saturdays until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free to the Park and the Museum.

Varied history opportunities await you

A variety of programs are offered throughout the year. Consider a membership to open the doors of special program pricing and other benefits like 10% off in the museum gift shop.

Lots of fun history opportunities await you in the Golden History Museum & Park online collection. We have approximately 15,000 items in our collection and you’re sure to find something that interests you about Golden.

Photo: Povy Kendal Atchison

blacksmithing at Golden History Park

Nov
16
Sat
Blacksmithing in the Park, November @ Golden History Park
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Blacksmithing every third Saturday

Have you always wanted to learn about blacksmithing but you’ve had trouble finding a good option? Join our volunteer every third Saturday at Golden History Park for a fun morning of observation and learning about blacksmithing. Our recreated blacksmith shop, complete with historic tools and coal-fired forge, will transport you to the 1800s. Bring your technical questions and your camera and we’ll take care of the rest.

After you’re done at the park, swing by Golden History Museum to see our latest exhibits, open Saturdays until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free to the Park and the Museum.

Varied history opportunities await you

A variety of programs are offered throughout the year. Consider a membership to open the doors of special program pricing and other benefits like 10% off in the museum gift shop.

Lots of fun history opportunities await you in the Golden History Museum & Park online collection. We have approximately 15,000 items in our collection and you’re sure to find something that interests you about Golden.

Photo: Povy Kendal Atchison

blacksmithing at Golden History Park