Events & News2021-07-05T21:05:01+00:00

Upcoming Events:

Museum Hours

Summer: April 15 thru Nov 30

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekdays

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

12 noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

—————————————

Winter: Dec 1 to April 15

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Saturday

12 noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

————————————

Private tours during closed hours can be arranged by appointment.

970-878-9982 or 970-388-7164

RBC History News

National Historic District Registry News

  National Historic District Nomination Advances by Bob Amick, Chair, Meeker National Historic District Task Force Meeker National Historic District consultant Carl McWilliams, renowned Principal of Cultural Resource Historians reports that the extensive research and documentation for the nomination of the downtown Meeker area as a National Historic District [NHD] is progressing on schedule. McWilliams […]

By |June 19th, 2017|Categories: Historic District, News|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on National Historic District Registry News

History Camp 2017

2017 HISTORY CAMP Partnering with ERBM Recreation & Parks, our History Camp will be part of the REC KIDS Summer Day Camp this year, Thursday afternoons in June! All the age groups will meet for a historic presentation in the Old West Heritage Culture Center theater room. Then, each age group will rotate for walking […]

By |April 29th, 2017|Categories: Education, History Camp, News|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on History Camp 2017

Villa Ranch

VILLA RANCH–1915 Meeker, Rio Blanco County Mathias and Sigrid Villa homesteaded on Strawberry Creek near Meeker in 1915. They built a cabin that still stands today. Over the next 30 years they acquired five adjoining properties. The Villas and their five children grew grain and hay and raised livestock.  Sigrid sold butter and eggs, and […]

By |April 8th, 2017|Categories: Historic Sites, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Villa Ranch

Meeker Cowboy Poet Gathering

In Meeker, the indoor “Meeker Cowboy Poet Gathering” showcased intermittently from 1999-2009. Proceeds from the show went to local organizations or projects-between 10 and 12K. Held in February each year, it drew an audience from all over Colorado plus Wyoming, Nebraska and Utah, supporting an attendance of 200 at the matinée and 400 for the […]

Renovation Continues at Old West Heritage Culture Center!

With funding received from the Fairfield Committee, the Town of Meeker, and a number of fundraisers and donations the basic construction phases to transform the main room and lobby of the Old West Heritage Culture Center have been complete. The heritage culture center main room has been the venue for multiple uses from RBCHS historical […]

By |February 27th, 2017|Categories: News, Old West Heritage Culture Center|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Renovation Continues at Old West Heritage Culture Center!

127 Years – Coal Creek School

Coal Creek School is closing in on its 127th birthday this fall, so the race is on to get the historic preservation is finished!                     Let There Be Light at Coal Creek School By Janet Clark Light will again be shining into Coal Creek School. The […]

By |February 10th, 2017|Categories: Coal Creek, News, Rural Schools|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 127 Years – Coal Creek School

Historical Society Seeking New Leadership

October 17th, 2016|

By Caitlin Walker Special to the Herald Times September 22, 2016  Revised  December 12, 2019 by TR Reed RBC | For aficionados of the past, there’s not much more thrilling than making history of their own. The chance to be remembered, commemorated, and rediscovered long after your stint on planet Earth is through is both […]

Meeker Historic District Progress!

September 6th, 2016|

RBCHS and the Historic District Committee, chaired by Bob Amick, has begun the process for a nationally registered Historic District in Meeker! Letters of endorsement have been written, meetings with the State Historical Society have transpired and a contractor has been retained for the research survey and study of eligible structures, putting us down the […]

Celebrating our Volunteer Fire Department Heritage

July 11th, 2016|

Rio Blanco County Historical Society’s regular Quarterly Meeting was Sunday afternoon, July 10th, but it was anything but regular. The members and guests enjoyed a picnic potluck at the beautiful Downtown Plaza Pavilion before walking across the street to the Old West Heritage Culture Center for a brief business meeting and then a historic presentation […]

Milk Creek Battlefield Park TOUR

June 23rd, 2016|

Milk Creek Battlefield Park Tour – July 3rd, 1:00 p.m. Meet at Garrison next door to White River Museum (565 Park Ave) to hear the story of the last Native American Indian and Army battle in America. Convoy up to the site with educational stops on the way to the actual battle location – 17 […]

Mountain Man: Joe Meek

May 27th, 2016|

For some fifteen years — roughly speaking, 1823 to 1838, the western U.S. was the domain of the mountain men, fur trappers who spent years traveling and living in the wilderness. Long before wagon trains, settlers, gold rushes, cavalry, Indian wars, cowboys, wild west towns, or railroads, mountain men were the first from the U.S. […]

Beginnings of Commercial Meeker

May 25th, 2016|

1883-1889 After the departure of the military, early residents of Meeker and the surrounding areas were, for the most part, either directly or indirectly engaged in ranching. Ranchers managed herds on the rich lands surrounding Meeker, but the town operated as their supply headquarters. In many cases the ranchers faced a day of travel to […]

2016 History Camp!

May 16th, 2016|

HISTORY IN YOUR BACKYARD! This year’s line up is more exciting than ever! And for the first time, you can register for one day or all four days…at the Meeker Recreation Center! July 7: Home on the Range Discover all it takes to run a ranch and feed the crew. We’ll be making biscuits right […]

Downtown Meeker in 1907

May 16th, 2016|

This photo shows the downtown buildings on Main Street between 5th and 6th Street in 1907. As the years have gone by, businesses have moved from one building to another all around the square and up and down Main Street and Park Ave, but most of the buildings still stand today ready to tell a […]

Downtown Meeker Walking Tour

May 16th, 2016|

Historic Meeker still boasts many of the original buildings from the turn of the century. The Downtown Walking Tour, as shown below marks 30 points of interest that include some of these first buildings. Walking tour guides are sold at the White River Museum, 565 Park Ave, for $3.00.

Main Street 1940’s

May 9th, 2016|

Main Street between 6th and 5th Street, looking west.                           Photo courtesy of Sparky Pappas. Narrative written by Robert D. Amick (Fourth Generation Meeker/RBC Native) The Meeker Cafe sign of that era (as show in the above photo) was replaced with a newer […]

Upcoming Events

Board Meetings
Location:  517 Park Avenue Meeker, CO

The board of directors will meet on the last Tuesday of every month except December at 5:45.

Membership Meetings are held on a quarterly basis, on the second Sunday of April, July and October.

The annual membership meeting is held in January.

Let’s make history!

RBC History News

Historical Society Seeking New Leadership

October 17th, 2016|

By Caitlin Walker Special to the Herald Times September 22, 2016  Revised  December 12, 2019 by TR Reed RBC | For aficionados of the past, there’s not much more thrilling than making history of their own. The chance to be remembered, commemorated, and rediscovered long after your stint on planet Earth is through is both […]

Meeker Historic District Progress!

September 6th, 2016|

RBCHS and the Historic District Committee, chaired by Bob Amick, has begun the process for a nationally registered Historic District in Meeker! Letters of endorsement have been written, meetings with the State Historical Society have transpired and a contractor has been retained for the research survey and study of eligible structures, putting us down the […]

Celebrating our Volunteer Fire Department Heritage

July 11th, 2016|

Rio Blanco County Historical Society’s regular Quarterly Meeting was Sunday afternoon, July 10th, but it was anything but regular. The members and guests enjoyed a picnic potluck at the beautiful Downtown Plaza Pavilion before walking across the street to the Old West Heritage Culture Center for a brief business meeting and then a historic presentation […]

Milk Creek Battlefield Park TOUR

June 23rd, 2016|

Milk Creek Battlefield Park Tour – July 3rd, 1:00 p.m. Meet at Garrison next door to White River Museum (565 Park Ave) to hear the story of the last Native American Indian and Army battle in America. Convoy up to the site with educational stops on the way to the actual battle location – 17 […]

Mountain Man: Joe Meek

May 27th, 2016|

For some fifteen years — roughly speaking, 1823 to 1838, the western U.S. was the domain of the mountain men, fur trappers who spent years traveling and living in the wilderness. Long before wagon trains, settlers, gold rushes, cavalry, Indian wars, cowboys, wild west towns, or railroads, mountain men were the first from the U.S. […]

Beginnings of Commercial Meeker

May 25th, 2016|

1883-1889 After the departure of the military, early residents of Meeker and the surrounding areas were, for the most part, either directly or indirectly engaged in ranching. Ranchers managed herds on the rich lands surrounding Meeker, but the town operated as their supply headquarters. In many cases the ranchers faced a day of travel to […]

2016 History Camp!

May 16th, 2016|

HISTORY IN YOUR BACKYARD! This year’s line up is more exciting than ever! And for the first time, you can register for one day or all four days…at the Meeker Recreation Center! July 7: Home on the Range Discover all it takes to run a ranch and feed the crew. We’ll be making biscuits right […]

Downtown Meeker in 1907

May 16th, 2016|

This photo shows the downtown buildings on Main Street between 5th and 6th Street in 1907. As the years have gone by, businesses have moved from one building to another all around the square and up and down Main Street and Park Ave, but most of the buildings still stand today ready to tell a […]

Downtown Meeker Walking Tour

May 16th, 2016|

Historic Meeker still boasts many of the original buildings from the turn of the century. The Downtown Walking Tour, as shown below marks 30 points of interest that include some of these first buildings. Walking tour guides are sold at the White River Museum, 565 Park Ave, for $3.00.

Main Street 1940’s

May 9th, 2016|

Main Street between 6th and 5th Street, looking west.                           Photo courtesy of Sparky Pappas. Narrative written by Robert D. Amick (Fourth Generation Meeker/RBC Native) The Meeker Cafe sign of that era (as show in the above photo) was replaced with a newer […]

Go to Top