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Golden History Museum & Park

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Discover Golden’s history with free admission in 2019. See timeline artifacts, meet legendary people, explore the laboratory, and enjoy renovated exhibits.

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  • Hours: Hours vary. See website for more details.
  • Miles to airport: 39
  • Miles to CCC: 15
  • Indoor Fire Code: 75
  • Total Capacity (if applicable): 250
  • Onsite Parking Spaces: 15
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  • Group Activities Description: Golden History Museums welcomes groups to each of its three facilities: the Astor House, an 1860s boarding house; the Clear Creek History Park, a two-acre historic interpretive park; and the Golden History Center, a modern museum with changing exhibitions. Docent led tours are also available for an extra fee. For detailed information please visit our Website.
  • Group Performance Description: Golden History Museums can accommodate school groups at each of its three facilities: the Astor House, an 1860s boarding house; the Clear Creek History Park, a two-acre historic interpretive park; and the Golden History Center, a modern museum with changing exhibitions.
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  • Facility & Décor Description: Garden Terrace is a stunning location for a small wedding ceremony, reception, or gathering. Perched above Clear Creek, set amidst an historic rose garden, it offers stunning views of the sparkling water, luminous foothills, towering cottonwoods, and riverwalk. Just inside, the West Gallery is available for dining, seating, staging, or shelter on a stormy day.
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  • Green Practice Desc: Recycle; Green cleaning supplies; Waterless urinals.

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  • Description Garden Terrace is a stunning location for a small wedding ceremony, reception, or gathering. Perched above Clear Creek, set amidst an historic rose garden, it offers stunning views of the sparkling water, luminous foothills, towering cottonwoods, and riverwalk. Just inside, the West Gallery is available for dining, seating, staging, or shelter on a stormy day.
  • Total Sq. Ft. 726
  • Catering Any licensed caterer
  • Type of Venue Gallery/Museum, Parks & Gardens
  • Type of Event Reception, Banquet, Meeting Classroom
  • Number of Rooms 2
Golden History Center West Gallery and Garden Terrace
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 726
  • Width: 22
  • Length: 33
  • Height: 9
  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 60
Astor House Museum
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
  • Banquet Capacity: 30
  • Reception Capacity: 30
Clear Creek History Park
  • Theater Capacity: 200
  • Banquet Capacity: 250
  • Reception Capacity: 250

Events

Feb 24, 2019

In 1972, Denver became the only host city to reject hosting the Olympic Games. For Colorado’s emerging ski industry, the voters’ rejection of the Games came as a blow. The state’s burgeoning ski industry joined the U.S. Forest Service in...

The Failed 1976 Denver Winter Olympics <p>In 1972, Denver became the only host city to reject hosting the Olympic Games. For Colorado’s emerging ski industry, the voters’ rejection of the Games came as a blow. The state’s burgeoning ski industry joined the U.S. Forest Service in promoting the Winter Games, understanding them as a way to market the states burgeoning ski industry to the world, as well as leverage the development of a new ski resort. Yet, voters’ growing concerns over economic and environmental costs led to their rejection of the Olympics and marked the opening of the state’s political fight over growth, the environment, and ski resorts.</p> <p>Presented by Dr. Michael Childers, Assistant Professor at Colorado State University and a sixth generation Coloradan. Raised in the Fraser Valley, he grew up skiing and watching the state’s mountain towns grow into sprawling resort communities. That experience led to his first book, Colorado Powder Keg: The Ski Industry and the Modern Environmental Movement. Tracing the history of the state’s ski industry and its role in reshaping U.S. Forest Service management, the book won the International Ski Association Ullr Award and was runner-up for the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award. Childers now lives in Fort Collins, where he teaches environmental history and is a member of the Public Lands History Center. </p> 923 10th Street Golden, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Feb 24, 2019

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  • Image 146 Van Gordon St., Lakewood, CO 80228
  • Image From: 08:45 AM to 01:15 PM
  • Image $37 - $48

To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Golden History Museum & Park recently underwent a major renovation. The museum features five new galleries including one—Legendary People—that highlights individuals who’ve made important contributions...

2019 Jeffco International Women's Day <p>To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Golden History Museum &amp; Park recently underwent a major renovation. The museum features five new galleries including one—Legendary People—that highlights individuals who’ve made important contributions to the community and the world. The exhibit opened with a focus on 21 leading women from educators to entrepreneurs, journalists to police. GHM&amp;P director Nathan Richie will give a short presentation highlighting of some of these important female luminaries and their contributions to our world. <br /><br />See Nathan Richie’s presentation at the 4th Annual Jeffco International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, 2019<br />Lunch, morning seminars, door prizes, awards for outstanding local women, SWAG bags, featured speakers. Ticket Information: $ 37 Ticket purchased by 5 pm, Feb. 14 for members of these organizations:<br /><br />Friends/Foundation of the Jefferson County Library<br />Arvada Chamber of Commerce<br />Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation<br />PorchLight &#8211; Family Justice Center<br />Golden Chamber of Commerce<br />Wheat Ridge Business Association <br />Colorado Women’s Alliance<br />Golden History Museum<br />Foothills Art Center<br />West Metro Chamber of Commerce<br />Westminster Chamber of Commerce<br />$ 48 Regular price tickets purchased AFTER 5 pm, Feb. 8<br />The Day’s AGENDA:<br />8:45 am Seminars &amp; “Marketplace” vendors open<br />11:15 am Networking &amp; Marketplace vendors<br />11:35 am Luncheon, Speakers, Awards<br />1:15 pm Wrap-up<br /><br />Museum Members save $11!<br /><br />Proceeds benefit PorchLight. A Family Justice Center to serve Jefferson &amp; Gilpin Counties is on its way! 75+ partner agencies will work together to provide coordinated services for victims of violence including physical and emotional abuse, harassment, threats, human trafficking, and child-, elder-, and at-risk adult abuse.</p> 146 Van Gordon St. Lakewood, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Feb 24, 2019

In this presentation by The Legendary Ladies, Inc., you will meet fascinating women who made unique contributions to the American West. Find out: • Who was an American folk hero • Who organized a “little piece of heaven” • Who was a...

Unconventional Women of the West <p>In this presentation by The Legendary Ladies, Inc., you will meet fascinating women who made unique contributions to the American West. Find out:<br />• Who was an American folk hero<br />• Who organized a “little piece of heaven”<br />• Who was a Colorado frontier physician<br />• Whose activism helped develop labor relations<br />• Who was an eccentric legend in San Francisco</p> <p>In first-person living history, these characters will share their struggles and triumphs as they visited and lived in the West. The Legendary Ladies, Inc., are celebrating 27 years of “Making History Come Alive.” From 12 shows per year in 2006, this volunteer, non-profit organization, The Legendary Ladies, now appear in 50 shows annually. They perform spirited stories in a unique format, remembering and honoring remarkable women who were often forgotten. </p> 923 10th Street Golden, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Feb 24, 2019

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  • Image Golden History Museum & Park 923 10th St , Golden, CO 80401
  • Image From: 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
  • Image Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members

Food history and food studies are more popular than ever. From bookshelves to university classrooms, we study the history of food because it tells us about what, how much, and why people ate what they did. Food history also tells us much...

What’s Cooking in the Archives? A Food Historian’s View of Colorado Culinary Literature <p>Food history and food studies are more popular than ever. From bookshelves to university classrooms, we study the history of food because it tells us about what, how much, and why people ate what they did. Food history also tells us much about how people thought about health, what factors influenced their choices, and the rules of social engagement. This lecture will examine and explore what we can learn from cookbooks, an often-overlooked source for historians, by highlighting works from one of the most significant culinary archives in Colorado, the holdings at the University of Denver’s library.<br /><br />Presented by Carol Helstosky, Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Denver. She is the author of Garlic and Oil: Politics and Food in Italy (2004); Food Culture in the Mediterranean (2009) and Pizza: A Global History (2008) and editor of The Routledge History of Food (2014). She has been teaching food history to undergraduates for 20 years, utilizing the culinary archives at the DU library’s Special Collections and archives. <br /><br />Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. Join us. Facility Rental - Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.</p> 923 10th St Golden, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Feb 24, 2019

Migration to California is one of the dominant history topics of the 1930s, built on a wealth of information from literature, news stories, and photographs. Using newly available data from the 1940 U.S. Census, this lecture will reveal...

Moving West: Who Moved to California in the 1930s and Why <p>Migration to California is one of the dominant history topics of the 1930s, built on a wealth of information from literature, news stories, and photographs. Using newly available data from the 1940 U.S. Census, this lecture will reveal insights on the people who moved, the places they came from, and why they may have moved, with special attention to the link between migration and the environmental trauma of the 1930s. <br /><br />Presenter Myron Gutmann is Professor of History and Director of the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he has worked since 2014. After receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton University, Dr. Gutmann taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan, where he was also Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, the world’s largest archival repository of social science data. From 2009 to 2013 he served as Assistant Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation, where he was head of the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate. He is known for his research on the demographic history of Early Modern and Modern Europe, as well as the United States, and for his large-scale research program on the relationship between population and environment in the Great Plains of the United States. He has written or edited five books and more than 90 articles and chapters. Location and Pricing: Golden History Museum, 6:00 p.m. &#8211; 7:30 p.m. Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members. <br /><br />Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. Join us. Facility Rental - Learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy.</p> 923 10th Street Golden, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Feb 24, 2019

The year 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball’s first openly all-professional team. Playing games in cities as far apart as Boston and San Francisco, and everywhere in-between, the Red...

How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Changed Baseball and America <p>The year 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball’s first openly all-professional team. Playing games in cities as far apart as Boston and San Francisco, and everywhere in-between, the Red Stockings operated somewhat like the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team. Spectators filled the stands to see whether a seemingly invincible team would lose. They never did. Successful on the field and at the box office, the Red Stockings created a model that other, more established baseball clubs quickly adopted, leading to the emergence of major league baseball.<br /><br />Presenter Dr. Martin Babicz, Ph.D., teaches history at the University of Colorado Boulder for the Sewall Hall History &amp; Culture Residential Academic Program, the Communications &amp; Society Residential Academic Program, and the History Department. He received a B.A. in history from the University of Connecticut, and an M.A. in history from Brown University. After working as a lobbyist in Connecticut for fifteen years, he returned to graduate school and received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. His dissertation, which explores the intersection of colonial politics and imperial policy during the Stamp Act crisis, is entitled For Empire, Colony, and Self-Interest: Thomas Fitch and Connecticut Colonial Politics. Dr. Babicz teaches several courses on American History. He is the co-author (with Thomas W. Zeiler) of National Pastime: U.S. History through Baseball (2017), and he is the author of a chapter exploring the historiography of sports and pastimes of the 1920s in A Companion to Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover (2014). </p> 923 10th Street Golden, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

Feb 24, 2019

For 20 years, the seat of Colorado’s government remained unsettled. Denver dominated the region from the onset of the gold rush, but resentment from other communities about Denver’s wealth and power led to a political struggle for years....

Coloradans Choose Their Capital, 1861-1881 <p>For 20 years, the seat of Colorado’s government remained unsettled. Denver dominated the region from the onset of the gold rush, but resentment from other communities about Denver’s wealth and power led to a political struggle for years. This presentation will outline the battle between Denver, Golden, Colorado City, and other towns over the seat of government, and how the largest city ultimately prevailed. <br /><br />Presenter Dr. Derek R. Everett is a Colorado native who grew up in Arvada and teaches in the History Departments at Metro State in Denver and Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He has published books on western state boundaries and the Colorado State Capitol, and researches and writes on various subjects of Colorado and western American history.</p> <p>Location and Pricing: Golden History Museum, 6:00 p.m. &#8211; 7:30 p.m. Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members. Membership pays for itself with just a few programs for your family. https://www.goldenhistory.org/get-involved/membership/ Facility Rental - learn how a Golden Museum Rental offers unique experiences that range from rustic to ritzy. https://www.goldenhistory.org/visit/golden-museum-rental/</p> 1020 11th Street Golden, CO America/North_Dakota/Center

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