GHM 2013 Top Ten Greatest Hits

This year has been filled with some amazing achievements. I thought I’d take an opportunity to highlight Golden History Museums’ Top 10 2013 Highlights.

10. GHM celebrated its 75th Anniversary! We marked the occasion with new exhibits, articles, and a champagne toast at Black & White Night.

9. Colorado School of Mines Undergraduate Student Council coordinated more than 100 volunteers for a Spring Cleaning day in April at Clear Creek History Park. Buildings were painted, gravel laid, cabins chinked, mulch spread, gardens tilled and trash cleared in preparation for summer events.

8. The first-ever scholarships for children to attend the summer Hands-On History Camp were offered thanks to the generous support of Friends of Golden History Museums and private donors. Six lucky children were able to attend this year and GHM plans to grow the scholarship program in 2014.

7. Our rare and fascinating 1878-1929 Jefferson County Jail Register was conserved thanks in part to a grant from the Denver Foundation’s Greenwood Conservation Fund. This important piece of local law enforcement history debuted publicly at Black & White Night in October.

6. After more than three months of brainstorming, planning and writing, GHM staff completed a comprehensive Interpretive Master Plan that articulates the strategic direction and priorities of GHM’s interpretation, exhibits, facilities, and collection. More on this to come.

5. At the GHC, we opened Face to Face: Contemporary Portraits of Legendary People by photographer Rick Souders. After collecting nominations and input from community members, 15 people representing a diverse array of achievements were selected to have their portraits taken. The photographs are now part of our permanent collection.

4. The popular concert formerly known as the Summer Solstice Music Festival was reinvented as the Golden Music Festival. The event was extended from one day to three. The music festival is now the largest outdoor concert in Golden and one of the preeminent events for Front Range bluegrass music.

3. After many months of collaboration and consultation with our Teacher Advisory Committee, GHM launched its new standards-aligned classroom outreach program Building Colorado. In this game-based program, students work in teams to build cities, respond to actual historic events, and earn points to achieve big goals like becoming Colorado’s capital or building the first railroad.

2. This fall we produced Inside the Astor House. This brand new publication includes biographies of Seth Lake, the building’s prankster first owner, and Ida Goetz, the enterprising German immigrant who transformed it into a cozy home-away-from-home for Mines students and newcomers. It also examines the architectural significance of the building and investigates some of the boarding house’s many contemporaries and competitors.

1. Made in Golden: Where Innovation Lives opened at the Golden History Center in October. This hands-on exhibit explores the elements of Golden’s creative culture and the unique personalities behind some of the city’s most important inventions. Highlights include an Epilog laser engraving station, an operational steam engine from Coors, and a participatory Innovation Lab for youngsters and adults.

All of these achievements were made possible thanks to our many tremendous volunteers, members, supporters and staff. A special thanks to the City of Golden and its citizens, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Golden Civic Foundation, MillerCoors, Credit Union of the Rockies, Adolph Coors Foundation, Friends of Golden History Museums, and our individual donors.

If you enjoy the fine programs, exhibits, and collections Golden History Museums provides, please lend your support by making a contribution to our annual giving campaign.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to exciting new projects in 2014!

Best Wishes for a happy, healthy New Year,

–Nathan Richie, Director