Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors
The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. ensures
that the Estes Park Museum is the premier local history museum in Colorado.
When I was asked to become a member of the Friends’ Board I was delighted. My major responsibility has been as editor in chief of the Friends Press. During my tenure, we have published seven books, starting with a facsimile copy of Eleanor Hondius’ splendid Memoirs. In the last year alone we produced three new titles: A Slice of History and a Piece of Pie (a blended genre featuring both recipes and social history of Estes Park), Exploring the Park Together (by Pat Pickering and Pat Washburn, with illustrations by Pat Greenburg), and Transformation in the Park, by Dr. Thomas Gootz.
The memory of my parents dressed in their early 19th century period finery, stepping out to special events at the local upstate New York Historical society, forever motivated my lifelong interest in history. Volunteering at the museum was one of my first adventures upon arriving in Estes Park and it has lasted for the past seven years.
Bobbie Heisterkamp, Vice President
I’ve lived part-time in Big Elk Meadows since 1971 when my late husband and I built a house on Hickory Drive. I started collecting postcards of the area in 1993, and have since grown the collection so that it is extensive enough to create a book, “Shared Moments” co-authored with Historian Laureate Jim Pickering.
Millie Miller, Secretary – Treasurer
With her considerable Board experience, the Friends are fortunate to have Millie Miller join its Board. She retired from her position as dispatch supervisor for the Longmont Police Department and, with her husband Jerry, moved to the historic Fort Morgan area of Estes Park where they had previously remodeled an old cabin.
Millie is active with the Estes Park Restorative Justice program, serves on the board of the Estes Park Lions Club and is completing a term as president of the Estes Valley Victim Advocates.
Millie said,” I joined the board because of my interest in both this Town and its history. Since my husband Jerry was raised here and we both are Colorado natives, it just follows that I’d have an interest in the history and want to preserve it.”
Since moving to Estes Park in 2005, my love of history has been enhanced by the richness and drama of the stories of early Estes Park. I was thrilled to be asked to serve on the Museum Friends and Foundation Board, for where else could I explore even more of our wonderful past, and help to preserve it for the future?
For the past two summers I have been a tour guide here in Estes Park, and have thoroughly enjoyed sharing our stories and our life style with many visitors. I think all residents of Estes Park should be members and supporters of our outstanding Museum!
Kurtis Kelly, President
Kurtis Kelly has called Estes Park home since 1984, and he is pleased to be assisting in the vital work of the Museum Friends & Foundation. With more than two decades of theatrical experience, he is an actor-storyteller who enjoys the blending of history with live performance. His first-person portrayals of history figures include such local legends as Abner Sprague, the Earl of Dunraven, F.O. Stanley, and Enos Mills. Kurtis recently provided the voice of Enos Mills in the Nick Mollé’s acclaimed new film, The Living Dream: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park, currently airing on PBS stations around the U.S. Kurtis performs both locally and throughout the Front Range.
I have been a resident of Estes Park since 2003 and have found that Estes Park is the best community I have ever lived. History has always been one of my interests, especially the growth of the West. I have always supported the museum as it offers opportunities to everyone to become informed and involved in it’s projects and events. As a board member I plan to support the Museum and it’s future so to honor those of Estes Park’s past, present and future.
Marcia Kelly-Gerritz was an archaeologist in her early adult years working in Colorado, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana and California. Later in life she left the U.S. to follow her husband’s career in Venezuela, Curacao, Holland and Thailand, raising her two sons and establishing an ESL program for the tsunami survivors near Phuket Thailand. She is thrilled to be back in Colorado, where she is from, and working on the board of the Estes Park Museum.
A surprise invitation to join the amazing board in the fall 2015 came from Nancy Thomas. We have traveled with family and friends to Estes Park for over forty years and have had a home here for eleven years. I have had board member experience with the Harris County Freeman Library (over 15 years), Clear Lake Panhellenic (5 years), Delta Gamma Alumna Association (5 years), and the P.E.O. Chapter EB (4 years). I look forward to the opportunity to serve the Estes Park Museum as a Board Member.
I became involved with the museum in 2013 as a docent conducting historic downtown Estes Park walking tours. Because I believe that preserving our wonderful history is so interesting and important, I asked to serve on the board. I was so enamored by the history of the area that I decided to start my own historic tour company called Tour Estes Park and have since conducted hundreds of tours of Estes and Rocky Mountain National Park.
Neal Standard came to Estes Park July 2015 after living near the Black Hawk/Central City area for 24 years. He was on the Board of Trustees of the Gilpin County Historical Society as Vice President for 14 years. He loved portraying various Gilpin County historical characters and specialized in portraying Henry Teller who was the first Colorado congressional senator upon Colorado becoming a state in 1876. Neal’s college degree was in Social Studies, and he spent 24 years as a Labor Relations Specialist with the Federal Government and taught at the Gilpin County School for 15 years.