Events

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Click the green ticket button in the upper left of each event to buy tickets online.

Remember: 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. Help us provide even more programming by signing up and attending!

Click “read more” in the lower right of each event for details.


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.

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

 

Aug
27
Mon
Colorado Experience: Paleo-Indians @ Golden History Museum
Aug 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Colorado Experience: Paleo-Indians

Partnering with Rocky Mountain PBS, join us for a viewing  of Colorado Experience: Paleo-Indians. Following the show, stay for a discussion led by Vice President of Culture Content at Rocky Mountain PBS Julie Speer.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 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.

Membership

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

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

Colorado Experience: Paleo-Indians

 

Oct
3
Wed
Origins of the Colorado Territory @ Golden History Museum
Oct 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Origins of the Colorado Territory

Congress created the Colorado Territory in 1861 during a grave secession crisis that threatened the very survival of the Union. In fact, the regional and national stories are deeply intertwined, for the sectional conflict that led to the Civil War was in no small part a struggle to control the land, resources, and identity of the American West. This lecture frames Colorado’s early history as a function of both the political crisis in the East and the gold rush in the West, both of which occurred as Americans reconsidered the geography of the interior. Presented by Dr. Susan Schulten, Professor at the University of Denver.

Susan Schulten has taught at the University of Denver since 1996, and from 2010 to 2017 served as chair of the history department. She is author of Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America (2012) and The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950 (2001). She is also editor of Constructing the American Past, a two-volume history of America with Oxford University Press. Her current project—a history of America through one hundred maps—is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

free for 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.

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

Oct
11
Thu
Be Informed–Know the Ballot from Top to Bottom @ Golden History Museum
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Be Informed–Know the Ballot from Top to Bottom 

In partnership with OLLI West, this class will provide you with in-depth information regarding issues on the November ballot and we will be unraveling the complexities of the “Blue Book.”  Printed information and other resources will be provided examining candidate information.

Presented by Margie Beal, a retired speech pathologist and active member of the League of Women Voters at the local, state and national levels. Additionally, Margie is an OLLI West member and facilitator whose prior courses have been “State of the State,” “Meet the Candidates,” and a series addressing mental health issues in Colorado.

 

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

$0 (free) for members (both GHM&P and OLLI West); $10 non-members

Membership

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

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

Oct
18
Thu
1968 – The Year of Turmoil @ Golden History Museum
Oct 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

1968 – The Year of Turmoil

America is more divided today than it was at any time since the Civil War. Or is it? Martin C. Babicz, Ph.D., will look at the tumultuous year of 1968, a year in which assassinations, riots, and war nearly tore the country apart. Dr. Babicz will also explore how the United States became divided in the late 1960s and the impact that polarization had on the future.

Martin C. Babicz, Ph.D., teaches history at the University of Colorado Boulder for the Sewall Hall History & Culture Residential Academic Program, the Communications & Society Residential Academic Program, and the History Department. He received a B.A. in history from the University of Connecticut, and an M.A. in history from Brown University. After working as a lobbyist in Connecticut for fifteen years, he returned to graduate school and received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. His dissertation, which explores the intersection of colonial politics and imperial policy during the Stamp Act crisis, is entitled, For Empire, Colony, and Self-Interest: Thomas Fitch and Connecticut Colonial Politics. Dr. Babicz teaches several courses on American History. He is the co-author (with Thomas W. Zeiler) of National Pastime: U.S. History through Baseball (2017), and he is the author of a chapter exploring the historiography of sports and pastimes of the 1920s in A Companion to Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover (2014).

 

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

10:30 a.m. – noon

free for 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.

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

Oct
27
Sat
Golden Cemetery Tour 2018 @ Golden Cemetery
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Golden Cemetery Tour 2018

Visit the graves of legendary Golden characters. Hear stories about their lives from storytellers and guides, Dennis Potter and Troy Rodriquez.

Tours begin and end at the Golden Cemetery. Two tours are available: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m..

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

Pricing

$0 members; $10 non-members

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

About Golden Cemetery

The City of Golden owns and operates the Golden Cemetery. Among the historic notables buried here is George West. West, a Golden founder, started the Colorado Transcript newspaper in 1866.

Additionally, Seth Lake, builder of Astor House in 1867, is buried in the Golden Cemetery. Many other pioneers and characters of the early west are at rest here.

Membership

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

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

Nov
8
Thu
World War I: Making the World Safe for Democracy @ Golden History Museum
Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

World War I: Making the World Safe for Democracy

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Martin C. Babicz, Ph.D. will explore America’s role during the Great War and how the so-called “War to End All Wars” impacted life in the United States. Dr. Babicz will examine how the Wilson administration directed the war effort and managed American society to quickly and efficiently convert a nation of 100 million people into a well-organized war machine. He will also look at the turmoil that erupted in the United States following the end of the war.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

free for 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.

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

Nov
11
Sun
Time Capsule 1968 @ Golden History Museum
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Witness the exciting and long-anticipated opening of Golden’s 1968 time capsule, which is currently buried in front of Golden City Hall. Free museum admission!

Leading up to November 11, check with the Golden Public Library for your chance to add something to a 2018 time capsule.

Free for all; no registration.

 

Nov
30
Fri
Candlelight Walk 2018 @ Golden History Museum
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Candlelight WalkStroll 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 and there is no registration. Donations for park and museum programming are appreciated!

Here are some other Olde Golden Christmas & Holiday festivities offered by the Golden Chamber.

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

Dec
10
Mon
Vietnam War @ Golden History Museum
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Vietnam War

The Vietnam War was one of the most divisive conflicts in U.S. history. On the 50-year anniversary of the 1968 protests, this lecture explores the origins of the anti-war movement, its impact on foreign policy and its place in American memory. Presented by University of Colorado – Denver Professor Dr. Greg Whitesides.

Dr. Greg Whitesides’ primary interests are the history of science, U.S. foreign policy and 20th century global history. His PhD studies emphasized the history of science, which involved archival research at the Human Genome Project, the National Institutes of Health and the National Archives (among others), and the eventual publication on the regulation of genetics and biomedicine. After graduation, Dr. Whitesides worked for the University of Maryland and the Department of Defense in Japan and S. Korea before being hired by the University of Colorado in 2004. Since then, he has taught over 20 different classes in the CU system.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

$0 members; $10 non-members

Membership

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

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

Jan
16
Wed
The Story of Reuben Benton Hayward’s Murder—Part 1 @ Golden History Museum
Jan 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Story of Reuben Benton Hayward’s Murder—Part 1

Sarah Hayward and her daughters, 13-year-old Cora and 11-year-old Minnie, watched as Reuben Benton Hayward slapped reins to the bays that pulled his wagon down the lane toward Mount Vernon Canyon. With him in the wagon were two strangers, purportedly dish washers from the Overland Hotel in Golden, who had asked him for a ride to the Rooney Ranch. The date was September 10, 1879, and it was the last time Sarah and the girls would see Reuben alive.

Dennis Potter, retired Captain of the Jefferson County Colorado Sheriff’s Department, criminal justice professor, and previous presenter of the popular “Operation Hideout: The Investigation into the Kidnapping and Murder of Adolph Coors III” returns for this exciting program.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

$0 members; $10 non-members

Membership

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

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

Feb
4
Mon
Rowdy Colorado @ Golden History Museum
Feb 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Rowdy Colorado

Shell games, dollars hidden in soap bars, shoot-outs in saloons and in the streets, fawning ladies of the night, swarms of migrating rattlesnakes, and cattle rustling dandies all play their part in Colorado history. 

Join us for a boisterous look at the early days of Colorado spanning from 1859-1930. Laughter encouraged.

Copies of Randi Samuelson-Brown‘s book, The Beaten Territory, will be available for purchase and signing.

 

 


Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

$0 members; $10 non-members

Membership

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

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

Feb
20
Wed
The Story of Reuben Benton Hayward’s Murder—Part 2 @ Golden History Museum
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Story of Reuben Benton Hayward’s Murder—Part 2

Reuben Benton Hayward was dead. Two men, accused of his death, awaited their fate at the Jefferson County Jail. A few minutes before midnight, a party of horsemen numbering close to 35 approached the jail from the south. These horsemen were closely followed by an equal number of people riding in wagons or on foot.

One rider climbed a telegraph pole and cut the wires. Any communications to and from Golden was now muted. All of them were either masked or had their faces blackened. They had tools with them and together worked to open the heavy metal front door to the County Jail.

They were determined to hang the two men lodged inside who two weeks earlier had murdered their neighbor and friend, Reuben Benton Hayward.

Dennis Potter, retired Captain of the Jefferson County Colorado Sheriff’s Department, criminal justice professor, and previous presenter of the popular “Operation Hideout: The Investigation into the Kidnapping and Murder of Adolph Coors III” returns for this exciting program.


Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

$0 members; $10 non-members

Membership

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

Facility Rental

Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.

 

Read the fine print and policies (updated 12-24-16).

Subscribe

Directions

Address:
923 10th St
Golden, CO 80401

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This