Just hours ago the Golden History Center premiered “Trouble at the White House”—a film entirely written, produced, and acted in by students from our Silent Stars Hands-on History camp. This summer more than 200 youngsters participated in HOH and got their hands dirty while learning about how our community developed, industries that flourished here, and what makes Golden unique.
Experiential learning, like what we offer during HOH is a cornerstone of Golden History Museums’ vision. We believe that the value of teaching history is not just to impart trivia to people, but to build personal connections to the past. Learning by doing increases an individual’s sense of empathy for those who came before them. It fosters greater appreciation for not only the past, but for what we have today. It instills value for our way of life and inspires a sense of wonder. Furthermore it fosters multigenerational understanding.
Experiential learning is something that you are only going to see more of at all three of our museum sites. Starting this weekend, we are kicking off a series of Heritage Arts and Crafts classes. Both adults and youth can learn traditional skills like cooking, canning, building, and making. You can learn more about our classes on our events page.
Connecting to the past by having fun also makes for stronger, more meaningful memories. That’s why we’re introducing a new program on September 13th: Golden Frontier Olympics. This fun new competition challenges participants to test their historic skills and knowledge and get a taste of what it was like for Colorado pioneers. We invite you to put together a team and compete for fantastic prizes. Or, if you prefer, grab a beer and participate as a spectator. Event descriptions and team information can be found online.
So please, come participate, join in the fun and celebrate our amazing community!
–Nathan Richie, Director