Welcome

 

This is the Friends of the Estes Park Museum Website,
and we welcome you!
For more information about the Museum, Museum Programs, Artifact Donations or Research Requests, visit https://estespark.colorado.gov/museum or call (970) 586-6256


BETWEEN NOW AND SATURDAY, MAY 1, the ESTES PARK MUSEUM FRIENDS INVITES YOU TO ADOPT A DUCK FOR $22, and $19 WILL GO TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL MUSEUM!
THE QUACK-PACK HAS RETURNED BY ACCLIMATION:
BUY 5 DUCKS FOR $110 and GET A 6th DUCK FREE!
YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN SOME WONDERFUL PRIZES!

The Estes Park Museum Friends Board has a challenge for you:
ADOPT 100 DUCKS Collectively (including the 6th free ducks), and EVERY Board member will buy a Quack-Pack.

CLICK HERE to Adopt Duck(s)
Be sure to specify Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. as the recipient charity.

 

Taxpayers can choose to support the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. by donating all or part of their tax refund this year. Please consider this idea, and tell your CPA that you would like to make this tax-deductible donation to our organization which is registered with the Secretary of State under record number 20063006487 as a 501(c)(3). Thank you!

The Estes Park Museum Friends thanks the generous donors who participated in Colorado Gives Day. We raised over $2,400 to be used to fulfill our mission, and we really appreciate the people who gave despite the Covid 19 pandemic and it’s disruptions!

 

For information about events planned in 2020, scroll down this page.
The Estes Park Museum is closed until further notice (more information below).

 
 

SAVE THE DATES: November 12 – 14, 2021
for Creative Colorado Table Setting/Scaping
with the continuing theme:
AMAZING WOMEN, THEN AND NOW:
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE
*SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021 – TABLESETTING 101*
(Click on Creative Tablesetting on left sidebar for latest information)

 


MUSEUM TO BEGIN TEMPORARY CLOSURE: In alignment with the recommendations of public health agencies, the Estes Park Museum will begin a temporary closure of the Museum gallery and cancellation of events beginning March 17 and will remain closed to the public until further notice.  This includes the Museum gallery and cancellation of events.  The Town will regularly evaluate the status of its facilities and provide updates when the status can change.

The Board of Directors of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation want you to know that our heartfelt thoughts go out to all of those affected by the COVID19 and we sincerely hope you and your families remain safe and healthy throughout this unprecedented public health crisis. The safety and health of the museum staff, volunteers and our community is our top priority.
 
As the fundraising arm for the Estes Park Museum, we are aware that COVID19 will impact our fundraising efforts throughout 2020. We committed to help fund activities for collection care, digitization of historic newspapers, public programs, temporary exhibits, and help publicize the Museum and we will keep those commitments.
 
 
 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO OUR
22 GENEROUS DONORS WHO
GAVE US $2,700
TO CARRY ON OUR VITAL MISSION!

CREATIVE COLORADO TABLESETTING VERY SUCCESSFUL!
We have posted the winners of the contest theme:
Books & Movies: Then & Noon
on the Colorado Creative Tablesetting page (left sidebar)
along with a list of our generous sponsors.

 


ESTES PARK AND
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
THEN & NOW: REVISED EDITION

NOW IN STOCK
Retail price $59.95
To order this book, visit our on-line shop, or contact Elaine at:
ehunt-downey@estes.org

 PRE-ORDERED COPIES MAY BE PICKED UP AT THE MUSEUM SHOP WHEN THE MUSEUM IS OPEN
Wednesday through Saturday
10:00 am to 4 pm

 

2018 Annual Meeting of the
Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation

 

A happy Pat Washburn, winner
of the 2018 Pioneer Award
Photograph by Marsha Hobert

Estes Park Museum members and friends of Pat Washburn gathered on May 10 for the Annual Meeting of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc.

 

Pioneer Award Plaque with past and
present winners.

The Pioneer Award for 2018.

  

Pat’s celebratory cake.

Former RMNP Superintendent
Vaughn Baker reads the
official proclamation.

  

Pat reminisces about her
historic past.

Pat has a dialogue with her
grand father, Joe Mills,
portrayed by Kurtis Kelly.

The meeting wrapped up with a spirited silent auction of Richter pewter bears
and a Bylaws change of the name of the Foundation Committee to the
Investment Advisory Committee.

[Photograph by Jerry Strickland]

When you shop on Amazon,
you can donate a portion of your purchase price
to the Estes Park Museum Friends by clicking on this link: www.smile.amazon.com/ch/84-6053679

Your experience will be the same, and the entire Amazon collection of products will appear, only you will be helping raise money for the Estes Park Museum Friends easily!

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JULY 4th at the Event Center
Estes Park Museu Friends presents
THE COOLEST CAR SHOW
Save the date and look for more information soon!


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OCTOBER 28/29th
CREATIVE COLORADO TABLE SETTING WINNERS

Click on [Creative Colorado Table Setting] icon on the left


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE JULY 4th
COOLEST CAR SHOW WINNERS

Click on [Coolest Car Show] icon to the left


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:

 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.