Calendar

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.

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
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.

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

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

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

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.

Oct
12
Sat
Snowshoe Making Class @ Golden History Museum
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Snowshoe Making Class

Join expert Aaron “Hutch” Hutchings in making your very own snowshoes. This class will take you step-by-step in making your own set of snowshoes. You will leave class with both the finished product and skills to make more.

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

Photo: Povy Kendal Atchison

Tickets

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