Treasures of the Community


February 14 to May 3, 2014



Good history is best told by more than one voice.  Likewise, the Museum of Western Colorado (MWC) cannot tell the entire western Colorado story alone.  In that spirit, the MWC has introduced a unique new exhibit that is bringing together heritage groups from throughout this region.  The Western Slope Heritage Rendezvous: Treasures of the Community is inviting other museums and cultural organizations to help us tell the story of our western Colorado’s heritage.

The theme of this exhibit is “Treasure of the Community.”  Each participating museum, historical society and library will fashion their contribution to the overall exhibition using stories and artifacts from their collection.  As a result, a broad compilation of stories are being presented: everything from a Cretaceous sea monster to cowboy prison art.

Our participating partners and the stories they are telling include:

  • Colorado Mesa University Tomlinson Library Special Collection—Grand Junction
    • Telling the story of Grand Junction Community College establishment and how it grew into Colorado Mesa University.
  • Delta County Historical Museum—Delta
    • Telling the story of early pioneer businesses in that community
  • Frontier Historical Society—Glenwood Springs
    • Telling the story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s saddle which is a cherished part of the community’s heritage.
  • Hinsdale County Historical Society—Lake City
    • Telling the story of Lake City’s pioneer Dr. B.F Cummings who served the community from 1890s to the 1930s
  • Mesa County Library—Grand Junction
    • Telling the story of three current literary celebrations campaigned by Mesa County Library
  • Museum of Northwest Colorado—Craig
    • Telling the story of prison-made cowboy tack items that are truly pieces of art
  • Palisade Historical Society—Palisade 
    • Telling the story of how Palisade’s unique geological, coal mining, and agriculture history intertwines
  • Pioneer Town Museum—Cedaredge
    • Telling the story of discovering a large Cretaceous Sea Monster, the Mosasaur, in Cedaredge
  • Ute Indian Museum—Montrose
    • Telling the story of cradleboards from both the Ute Mountain and Unitah communities.
  • RBCHS and White River Museum—Meeker
    • Telling the story of the Milk Creek Battlefield, both the historic story and the commemoration park

Our goal with the Heritage Rendezvous is encourage residents as well as visitors to learn more about the Heritage and Cultural Treasures that are found throughout the Western Slope.  As this exhibit will show, there are many treasures to be discovered.   The exhibition opens February 14, 2014 and runs through the May 3, 2014.


During the duration of the exhibition, members of each museum and historical society will have a reciprocal free-admission arrangement at the following institutions: Museum of Northwest Colorado, Frontier Historical Society, Delta County Historical Museum, White River Museum, Ute History Museum, Palisade Historical Society, Pioneer Town Museum (in the month of June), and Museum of the West as well as the ability to visit the Mesa County Library and Colorado Mesa University Library and Archives.  

Exhibition is located in Museum of the West.

This exhibition is made possible in part by The Grand Junction Lions Club, The Bacon Family Foundation, Palisade Historical Society, Palisade Chamber of Commerce and Major Mortgage of Grand Junction.

For more information:
Peter Booth
Executive Director
Museum of Western Colorado
P.O. Box 20,000
Grand Junction, Colorado 81502
(970) 242-0971, cell  970-261-8460