Calendar

Mar
5
Tue
Indigenous Psychedelic Medicine Use in Colorado, a History @ Golden History Museum
Mar 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Indigenous psychedelic medicineIndigenous psychedelic medicine

This lecture dives into the history of Indigenous psychedelic medicine use in Colorado.

When did it become illegal in the United States to use the active ingredients in some of the plants/fungi in the region? How did healers and medicine people who carried the traditional knowledge work with the substances after criminalization?  What active ingredients/compounds are now legal again nationally or at the state level? This lecture covers historical uses from an anthropological discipline.

Dr. Otañez: Chair and Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department, University of Colorado Denver. One of his research areas is psilocybin use among people of color in Colorado and building corporate accountability in the global psychedelic sector. In fall 2023, Dr. Otañez and his co-author Aaraón Díaz (Mexico City) are publishing the first volume in a four-volume book Art-Based Narratives as Resources to End Cannabis Stigmatization in North America.  

Tickets

GHM&P is transitioning to a new ticketing program. In the meantime, please contact us directly to register or to ask questions.

Mar
9
Sat
Artist’s Talk and Demonstration with Kathy Mitchell-Garton @ Golden History Museum
Mar 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Kathy Mitchell-Garton's textile artArtist Kathy Mitchell-Garton combines her fondness for Golden’s topography and landscape with her love of heirloom textiles and stitching to create artworks that explore the intersection of family, history, and place. Come hear more about her inspiration and gain insight into her artistic process in this artist’s talk and demonstration. Kathy will bring pieces from her stash of textiles and maps and demonstrate a few stitches. Museums always say ‘don’t touch’—this is your chance to get your hands on some beautiful textiles and stitching! Drop in anytime.

Mar
15
Fri
Blacksmithing in the Park, March @ Golden History Park
Mar 15 @ 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

Apr
2
Tue
Tea-Time on the Frontier @ Golden History Museum
Apr 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

image of tea cupsHow did pioneers make tea without tea leaves? Join us at the museum to learn about tea and tisanes on the frontier and make your own herbal tea blend. Herbs and tea bags will be provided.

Apr
16
Tue
Women and Lunacy @ Golden History Museum
Apr 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A curious beginning

What started as a small curiosity turned into a big question: did the Colorado criminal justice system pathologize women in the early twentieth century? The Golden History Museum collection includes a jailhouse register from Jefferson County covering 1878 to 1929. While researching a famous lynching case in Golden, Colorado, involving two men, we noticed that most of the charges for women were for “insanity.” The project bloomed into a multi-institutional search for the women recorded in the register.

This talk is focused on methods of record retrieval alongside institutional barriers. The archivist at the Colorado State Hospital Museum in Pueblo welcomed us to research the asylum’s archived medical records and documents. On the other hand, Jefferson County’s archivist informed us that valuable Lunacy Commission records are still sealed to date, obscuring some of the instances of women who were institutionalized against their will repeatedly. This presentation will offer biographies of the women and will explain the obstacles and benefits of working across multiple institutions in Colorado for historical research.   

This program will be presented by GHM&P staff member Bianca Barriskill

Tickets

GHM&P is transitioning to a new ticketing program. In the meantime, please contact us directly to register.

Apr
19
Fri
Blacksmithing in the Park, April @ Golden History Park
Apr 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

Apr
20
Sat
Practical Navigation for the Casual Hiker @ Golden History Museum
Apr 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Practical Navigation

navigation while hikingJoin expert Aaron “Hutch” Hutchings as he teaches practical navigation skills, whether you are just taking a day hike or camping overnight. This class will teach you how to navigate on-trail or off-trail the next time you take a hike. Learn about your compass, make sure your phone is useful for wayfinding, and navigate when all you have is a trail map. Don’t worry about packing a calculator – this class will teach the simple, but realistic, navigational skills needed to find your way back to your car that you could have sworn was just around the next trail bend.

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 on Hutch’s website

Tickets

GHM&P is transitioning to a new ticketing program. In the meantime, please contact us directly to register.

Apr
27
Sat
History of Outdoor Gear in Colorado @ Golden History Museum
Apr 27 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Outdoor Gear

Outdoor Gear used by hikersNo escape to nature is complete without a trip to an outdoor recreational store or a browse through online offerings. Nowhere is this more true than in Colorado. Holubar, Gerry, and Frostline are among the outdoor companies that helped establish Colorado as a hub of innovation for the outdoor industry after World War II.  Rachel S. Gross argues that the success of these outdoor gear pioneers was predicated not just on creating functional equipment but also on selling an authentic, anticommercial outdoor identity. In other words, shopping for the woods was also about being—or becoming—the right kind of person. Demonstrating that outdoor culture is commercial culture, Gross examines Americans’ journey toward outdoor expertise by tracing the development of the nascent outdoor goods industry, the influence of World War II on its growth, and the boom years of outdoor businesses.

Rachel S. Gross is a historian of the outdoor industry. She is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Colorado Denver where she teaches U.S. environmental, business, and public history. She is the author of Shopping All the Way to the Woods: How the Outdoor Industry Sold Nature to America (Yale University Press, 2024).

Tickets

GHM&P is transitioning to a new ticketing program. In the meantime, please contact us directly to register.

May
17
Fri
Blacksmithing in the Park, May @ Golden History Park
May 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

May
18
Sat
Creating a Cozy Campsite @ Golden History Museum
May 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

A Campsite That’s Cozy

campsite with Hutch in chairJoin expert Aaron “Hutch” Hutchings in building a cozy home away from home while camping. This class will prepare you to stay warm and comfortable while sleeping outdoors or chatting around the campfire. Both historic and modern camp building skills will be taught. While everyone else shivers, you’ll be sleeping your cares away in your perfectly designed campsite.

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 on Hutch’s website

Tickets

GHM&P is transitioning to a new ticketing program. In the meantime, please contact us directly to register.

May
25
Sat
Open House @ Golden History Park
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Open house at Golden History Park

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. Experience history in action and prepare to be transported 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

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.

schoolhouse lesson at history park open house

Jun
21
Fri
Blacksmithing in the Park, June @ Golden History Park
Jun 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

Aug
10
Sat
South Table Mountain Hike with Mary Eiberger and Kermit Shields @ Golden History Museum
Aug 10 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

South Table Mountain Hike

South Table Mountain seen from the westSouth Table Mountain holds much significance in its history, paleontology, and geology. Join Mary Eiberger and Kermit Shields as they take you on a hike up the mountain, sharing their expertise along the way. The hike is easy to moderate, but participants will need to be able to stand and hike for the entirety of the program. Meet-up information will be provided to all attendees after signing up. We request dogs are not in attendance, with the exception of service animals.

Mary Elizabeth Eiberger is Carl Eiberger’s daughter, and she is from Golden, Colorado.  Mary inherited 17 boxes of legal work and documents about her father’s and the “Coalition of Citizens” work to preserve South Table Mountain from becoming a 75-year quarry. Mary has taught science, math, and outdoor education in high school as well as dancing. She now loves to tutor not only math and science but English and history. Mary is the quintessential Colorado girl, spending much of her time in the mountains and rivers of the state. Her husband, Tito Salas, runs Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, and they love to take trips with their two dogs, Lucky and Shadow, to the mountains, especially in the summer, to hike and mountain bike.

Kermit Shields spent his career as a petroleum geologist with a major oil company and had various foreign and domestic assignments.  He has been an active volunteer at Dinosaur Ridge since 2005 where he gives tours for both students and adults. He also does some volunteering with JeffCo Open Space and is on the City of Golden Parks and Recreation advisory board.

Tickets

GHM&P is transitioning to a new ticketing program. In the meantime, please contact us directly to register.

Sep
20
Fri
Blacksmithing in the Park, September @ Golden History Park
Sep 20 @ 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-own thaumatrope station and lawn games (hoop toss, ladder ball, and cornhole)
  • 4-H petting zoo
  • craft stations
  • big trucks (Streets, Fire, and Police Departments)
  • costumed Civil War interpretation
  • karate demonstration

2024 Partners

  • Colorado Volunteer Infantry Group
  • 4-H
  • Jeffco Open Space
  • Boulder Apple Tree Project
  • Mines Museum of Earth Science
  • Golden Library
  • Foothills Art Center
  • Golden Street, Police, and Fire Departments
  • Golden Public Art Commission

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.