May is Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month; Several Events Planned

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Historic Homes Near Lincoln Park

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and History Colorado celebrate Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month in May of each year to recognize our rich local, state and national heritage. The theme for this year is “Investing in Our Future by Preserving Our Past”. The goal is to encourage statewide participation in archaeology and historic preservation events. As part of this nationwide Preservation Month, the Grand Junction Historic Preservation Board, Museum of Western Colorado, Colorado Mesa University and our historic neighborhoods will sponsor events during the month. This year’s Grand Junction events are listed below.

  • April 26 – June 15 – The Las Colonias Exhibit:  The Evolution of Las Colonias – The Shaping and Reflection of Grand Junction’s Past – Colorado Mesa University Tomlinson Library, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Explore the history of the Las Colonias Region through an exhibit of historic photos, artifacts and an oral history.  The project was created by the Spring 2018 Public History class. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Brittany Heye at bheye@mavs.coloradomesa.edu

  • May 2 – Designation of an Expanded Area of the Lincoln Park Historic District in the City Register of Historic Sites, Structures and Districts – City Hall Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.

At its regular meeting, City Council will consider a request by the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association to designate an expanded area of the Lincoln Park Historic District in the City Register of Historic Sites, Structures and Districts (City Register). The amended District would include five more blocks containing 58 properties adjacent to, and south and east of the existing District. 

  • May 5 – North Seventh Street Historic Residential District Historic Walking Tour, Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Take a self-guided tour through 120 years of Grand Junction history!  The tour will include nine historic homes and buildings. Property owners will be available to answer questions and explain renovation and restoration work. Tickets are $12 each and can be purchased in advance at Bray Real Estate, 1015 N. 7th Street, during office hours or during the event at the First Baptist Church, 720 Grand Avenue. All proceeds from the tour will benefit STRiVE and Music Spark. For more information, contact Joe at 970-985-4651.


Museum of Western Colorado Events – Call 242-0971 for further information on the events below, museum hours or fees.

  •  May 1 – 2 – Grand Junction High School – The History of Clubs and Sports Exhibit – Grand Junction High School Library, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Grand Junction High School students are working with the Museums of Western Colorado’s educator Carly Jones to present some of Grand Junction’s High School’s great history into an exhibit.  Free and open to the public.

  • May 5 – Spring Day on the Farm – Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Come observe woodworking, wood stove baking, and blacksmithing. Headlining the event will be the “Frontier Belle’s Side Saddle Equestrian Group”.

  • May 12 – New Spring Exhibits and Free Day at the Museum of the West, 462 Ute Avenue, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

On May 12, the Museum of the West will officially open the historic Placerville Post Office. The post office’s 1930’s façade has been carefully restored and has a special viewing window where you can peer into the past and see the postmistress hard at work in the 1930’s period postal room.

The new Western Investigations Team exhibit entitled “Western Colorado Mysteries: Case Files of the Western Investigations Team (WIT)” will include how the WIT team found Grand Junction town founder George Crawford’s lost ranch and the artifacts recovered at the site. Other WIT exhibit mysteries include the lost Masonic relic, finding a mysterious hidden safe in downtown Grand Junction, and the Jensen Tablet archaeology hoax.

New additions to the Thrailkill Firearms Room will include Samuel Colt’s magnificent 1855 Colt revolving rifle and Kid Curry’s outlaw pistol display. Museum exhibit and diorama builder Cecil Wilkinson’s new stagecoach display will be on view in the Western gallery. There will be a gold coin scavenger hunt for the kids and light refreshments in the lobby. 

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