Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation
Annual Members-Only Meeting
and Pioneer Award presentation
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
at the American Legion Hall
850 North St. Vrain Avenue (at Highway 7)

The program begins with a social hour
at 4:30 p.m. with wine and hors d’oeuvres,
and features the re-enactment of a cabaret night
“Bachelor’s Dream” entertainment
performed at the Elkhorn Lodge in 1914.

Pioneer Award Presentation to
Dorothy Scott Gibbs beginning at 6:00 p.m.



Duck Race Adoption Forms are available now!
The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation
would appreciate your support
by buying a duck or two.
[$19.00 of your $20.00 go back to our organization]

Please visit: http://www.epduckrace.org




Monday night, February 27th, over one hundred people gathered at the Dunraven Inn to meet Lord Dunraven himself and to regale in his actions from his point of view. Kurtis Kelly had us all transfixed as we heard of amusing and dangerous adventures that Dunraven experienced, including the very first tourist who appeared in Estes Park.

We heartily thank the owner, Andy Morgan, for his tremendous generosity in hosting the delicious buffet supper and sharing the income with the Estes Park Museum Friends and Foundation with the goal of building a Collections and Research Facility. Every guest was treated to a delicious dinner, and many will probably return to the Dunraven Inn for a future repast. Part of the proceeds from ordering Lord Dunraven Steak will also be donated to the museum’s Collection and Research Facility.


Windham Thomas Wyndhan-Quin, 4th Earl of Dunraven himself


Pat Pickering, Derek Fortini (Museum Director), Lord Dunraven (Kurtis Kelly)
and Marcia Garritz enjoying the event

Dunraven Inn logo

What a great party!





 Paula receiving awardPioneer Award

Pioneer Award Winner Paula Steige

On May 19, 2016, the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation recognized Macdonald Bookshop owner, Paula Steige, with a very special honor: the Pioneer Award. People who have contributed to the rich history and positive legacy of the town are honored with this award each year.

In 1908 Ed and Jessica Macdonald, Paula’s grandparents, opened a hardware and general store on the same site that now contains the bookshop. “We came to Estes Park for the summer, beginning in 1945,” Paula explains, “so that my mother could help my grandfather run the bookshop. At that time, the shop was only two small rooms, and we lived in the building. I was allowed to help once I entered the seventh grade.”

Paula moved to Estes Park in 1975 with her two children, and she kept the bookshop open 361 days a year thereafter. By 1982 Paula gave up her job as an art teacher and began working full-time at Macdonald’s. Her shop is a very successful small business serving many devoted customers who purchase about 30,000 books a year.

Paula is also known for her tremendous contributions to the local community. If any group needs to sell tickets for an upcoming event, they give them to Macdonald’s. because that’s where everyone expects to buy them. She is so generous with her strong reputation, and she allows others to reap the benefits.

At the Annual Meeting of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, a Mayoral Proclamation was read in honor of Paula and her amazing dedication to the Estes Park community. Congratulations Paula!

Photographs were taken by Jerry Strickland


Who are the Friends of the Estes Park Museum?

Who are the Friends of the Estes Park Museum? A group of preservation-minded Estes Park residents formed an organization charged to collect and display artifacts, documents, and photographs that tell the story of the Town’s past. Almost 30 years later, museum supporters ensured the Museum’s financial future by formally turning these collections over to the Town.

Today the Museum employs professional curators, and relies on support from the Friends organization. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in October, 1991 as the Friends of the Estes Park Area Historical Museum , the name was later revised as the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. From these beginnings, Friends’ activities and projects are now created, designed, and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Our Vision: The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation ensures that the Estes Park Museum is the premier local history museum in Colorado

Our Mission: The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc supports the mission of the Estes Park Museum through fundraising, publications, volunteerism, outreach and special projects and events.”

Our major current fundraising effort is the Coolest Car Show in Colorado (now its 18th year). Our publications are the responsibility of the Friends Press, which has published an impressive list of local history books, including a best selling social history cookbook: A Slice of History and a Piece of Pie and a scientific treatise on climate change: Transformation in Rocky Mountain National Park. The latest special project, slated for launch in October 2016, is “Creative Colorado Tablescapes” a table-setting competition, which will be held at the YMCA of the Rockies.