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Golden History Museum & Park events and programming explore a variety of historic subjects presented by expert instructors. Learn about your community or neighborhood. Apply historic skills in a modern way. Create something with your hands. There is sure to be a program to suit your interests!

Registration is required for most programs, even when free. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

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Jan
18
Thu
Early Golden City and the Quest for the Capital @ Golden Community Center
Jan 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Early Golden City and the Quest for the Capital @ Golden Community Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

Early Golden City and the Quest for the Capital

When gold was discovered in 1859 in early Golden City, Colorado, the population of the Rockies exploded. Golden emerged as the best suited town to claim the mantle of leadership—which it did temporarily in 1862. What happened after was a messy, personal, and salacious battle to secure the permanent seat of power. Presented by Nathan Richie, Director at Golden History Museum & Park.

Location and Pricing

Golden Community Center-Beaver Brook Room

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

$0 members; $10 non-members

Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

Membership

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

 

Feb
7
Wed
Testament of Youth Book Discussion @ Golden History Park
Feb 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

“Where Do We Go From Here?”: America in the First World War

World War I Book Discussion Series

Book DiscussionThe story of a war is much more than the recital of facts, battles, strategies, dates, casualties, treaties, etc.  No matter the impacts of war upon nations and the world order, the underlying story of a war is its immediate and long lasting impacts on individuals.  The impacts are upon the planners and initiators of a war, the combatants in the war, the families of participants, and those who must suffer the privations always attendant to war and its aftermath. Come participate in a book discussion of Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain, a memoir of a young nurse during her service on the Western Front.

Presented by the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colorado Humanities, and the Colorado World War I Centennial Commission.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Park – Guy Hill Schoolhouse

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Free for all.

Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

 

Book Discussion Book Discussion

 

 

 

 

Membership

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

Mar
1
Thu
Astor House: Life after the Territorial Capital @ Golden Community Center
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Astor House: Life after the Territorial Capital @ Golden Community Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

Astor House: Life after the Territorial Capital

Housing territorial legislators is what the Astor House is best known for while the territorial capital was located in Golden. However, after the capital moved to Denver, Astor House evolved into the community’s place for boarding and gathering for the next 150 years. Explore the history of Astor House as a place for séances, philanthropy, and the promotion of a diverse and vibrant Golden. Presented by Katie March, Education and Community Outreach Coordinator at Golden History Museum & Park.

Location and Pricing

Golden Community Center-Beaver Brook Room

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

$0 members; $10 non-members

Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

Membership

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

 

Mar
14
Wed
Golden and the Mob War, 1939-1973 @ Golden Community Center
Mar 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Golden and the Mob War, 1939-1973

The specter of organized crime and mob violence came to Golden in 1939 when 25 mobsters surrendered to the Sheriff following a raid on the LaPalmarte Restaurant on West 38th Avenue. The rise in organized crime was confirmed in 1963 when mobster Harold “Murph” Cohen was found floating face down in a small lake in Golden. Mob rule existed until 1973 when the last racketeer was brought to justice and the last slot machine was donated to Golden History Museum & Park.

Lecture presented by Dennis Potter, retired Captain with Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office.

Location and Pricing

Golden Community Center-Beaver Brook room

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

$0 members; $10 non-members

Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

Membership

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

 

Apr
19
Thu
Prehistory of the Front Range @ Golden Community Center
Apr 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Prehistory of the Front Range @ Golden Community Center | Golden | Colorado | United States

Prehistory of the Front Range

 

Learn about Colorado’s ancient hunter-gatherers and ecosystems while gaining a generalized understanding of early life on the Front Range. Lecture presented by Meg Van Ness, Regional Historic Preservation Officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Location and Pricing

Golden Community Center-Beaver Brook room

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

$0 members; $10 non-members

Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

Membership

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

 

Apr
27
Fri
History Park Walking Tour @ Golden History Park
Apr 27 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

History Park Walking Tour

History Park Walking Tour

Golden History Park

The Golden History Park Walking Tour features a look inside historic buildings, hearing the history of the Pearce family and the students who attended the one-room schoolhouse, and of course, visiting the beloved flock of heirloom chickens.

The History Park is home to many of the original buildings from the old Pearce Ranch in Golden Gate Canyon. Thomas and Henrietta Pearce, pictured below, raised eight children on their ranch. It was one of the largest in the area by 1912. Read more here.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Park. Meet at the schoolhouse.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Free for all.

Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

Membership

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

 

May
19
Sat
Homesteaders’ Day @ Golden History Park
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Homesteaders’ Day

Homesteaders’ Day

Celebrate Homesteaders’ Day! Experience 19th century homesteading, explore the historic cabins, try woodstove cooking, learn about blacksmithing, and take a lesson at the one-room schoolhouse.

The History Park is home to many of the original buildings from the old Pearce Ranch in Golden Gate Canyon. Thomas and Henrietta Pearce, pictured below, raised eight children on their ranch. It was one of the largest in the area by 1912. Read more here.

Thomas and Henrietta Pearce

Location and Pricing

Golden History Park

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Free for all

Membership

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

 

Jun
1
Fri
History Park Walking Tour @ Golden History Park
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

History Park Walking Tour

History Park Walking Tour

Golden History Park

The Golden History Park Walking Tour features a look inside historic buildings, hearing the history of the Pearce family and the students who attended the one-room schoolhouse, and of course, visiting the beloved flock of heirloom chickens.

The History Park is home to many of the original buildings from the old Pearce Ranch in Golden Gate Canyon. Thomas and Henrietta Pearce, pictured below, raised eight children on their ranch. It was one of the largest in the area by 1912. Read more here.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Park. Meet at the schoolhouse.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Free for all.

Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

Membership

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

 

Jun
28
Thu
Colorado Experience: Amusements @ Golden Community Center
Jun 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Colorado Experience: Amusements

Colorado Experience: AmusementsPartnering with Rocky Mountain PBS, join us to view Colorado Experience: Amusements. Then stay and listen to an expert share the history of Golden and Denver-metro amusement parks.

Location and Pricing

Golden Community Center-Beaver Brook room

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Free for all.

Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

Membership

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

Colorado Experience: Amusements

 

Jul
30
Mon
Archaeology of Golden’s Magic Mountain: Part Two @ Golden History Museum
Jul 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Golden’s Magic Mountain Archaeology: Part Two

Magic Mountain ArchaeologyLearn about Golden’s Magic Mountain archaeology through pre-history and history research conducted by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. This is the second part of a series that began in 2017.

Dr. Michele Koons, curator of archaeology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, will lead the talk.

Michele will detail some of her findings such as how the early settlers lived, what they lived in, and perhaps what they ate.  If we are lucky, Dr. Koons will even bring some artifacts taken from the site for attendee viewing.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

$0 Members (DMNS and GHMP); $10 non-members.

Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

Membership

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

 

Magic Mountain Archaeology

Aug
16
Thu
Edible Wild Plants of Colorado: What to eat when Safeway is closed @ Golden History Museum
Aug 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Edible Wild Plants of Colorado: What to eat when Safeway is closed @ Golden History Museum | Golden | Colorado | United States

Edible Wild Plants of Colorado: What to eat when Safeway is closed

With a little bit of Edible Wild Plants knowledge and a good digging stick a resourceful person can find plenty to eat among the wild plants of Colorado. This lecture will cover the excavation and extraction of botanical remains from archaeological sites, the interpretation of the remains, and a review of some of the plants and their uses.  Many of the plants discussed are common in the yards and wilderness areas of Colorado, either as our treasured flowers or as one of those nasty weeds.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

$0 members; $10 non-members.

Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

Membership

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

 

 

Aug
27
Mon
Colorado Experience: Paleo-Indians @ Golden History Museum
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Colorado Experience: Paleo-Indians

Partnering with Rocky Mountain PBS, join us for a viewing and an expert-led discussion of Colorado Experience: Paleo-Indians.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Free for all.

Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

Membership

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

Colorado Experience: Paleo-Indians

 

Dec
7
Fri
Candlelight Walk @ Golden History Museum
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Candlelight Walk @ Golden History Museum | Golden | Colorado | United States

Stroll through the History Museum on Candlelight Walk night and take a selfie in our “Epic Events” exhibit or listen to cheery holiday music. Visit the History Park and try a roasted chestnut. Explore the inside of the Pearce/Helps Cabin, warm up at the wood stove, watch live blacksmithing, and enjoy music and singing.

The History Park is home to many of the original buildings from the old Pearce Ranch in Golden Gate Canyon. Thomas and Henrietta Pearce raised eight children on their ranch. It was one of the largest in the area by 1912. Read more here.

These programs are free. Donations are appreciated.

 

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923 10th St
Golden, CO 80401

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