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May 7th Annual Meeting Highlights

On Sunday afternoon, after a heavy rain and hail storm, members of the Estes Park Museum Friends gathered at the American Legion Hall to conduct their Annual Meeting.

President, Nancy Thomas gave a summary of the events and projects carried out in 2016-17.

A very historic presentation of “The Bachelor’s Dream”, from Eleanor Hondius’ rememberance of the Elkhorn Lodge, was performed by brave members of the Estes Park Friends Board with Kurtis Kelly as the bachelor and Madison Casey as the narrator. The bachelor falls asleep on the eve of his wedding and remembers some of the people he has dated over the years. People in the audience were entranced and amused.


The highlight of the event was the presentation of the 2017 Pioneer Award to Dorothy Scott Gibbs. The Mayor of Estes Park read a very detailed proclamation declaring Dorothy a true pioneer.  


Dorthy Scott Gibbs’s speech was an historic account of how her family came to Estes Park and how they changed the town in many ways.


Dorothy celebrated her 90th Birthday on May 8th, so the Estes Park Museum Friends presented a birthday cake to her, which was deliciously shared by all of the fortunate meeting participants.




Estes Park Museum Annual Meeting in 2016:

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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.