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10th Annual Historic Tour Starts June 29th


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Make plans now to attend the free program on Saturday, June 29th at the Museum at 2:00pm when the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. presents the first part of the 10th Anniversary Historic Tour, “Old Time Touring: Then and Now, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.” The “THEN” part of the tour is the June 29th program which will feature Estes Park Historian Laureate Dr. Jim Pickering and author Bobbie Heisterkamp. They will present an informative and exciting presentation of the way things used to be in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Using some of her extensive collection of historical post cards, Heisterkamp will give the historical context and timeline, and Pickering will add comments about the outstanding sites featured on the tour along with a power point presentation.

“Over the years many rustic structures have disappeared,” says Heisterkamp, “and the tour will bring them back, at least in your imagination, so you can appreciate history in a new way. We are fortunate to have Jim Pickering to take us on this journey to ‘THEN,’ the first event.” Stay for the delicious refreshments prepared by the Friends from recipes that were used by Estes Park’s first families.

The limited 120 tickets for the “NOW” part of the tour on September 14th will be on sale at the June 29th program at the museum.

The “Then and Now” two-part concept for this year’s Anniversary Tour is one that will appeal to any Estes Park resident, visitor, or history buff. “We want people to realize that this type of fundraiser is an opportunity not only to help the Museum, but to give folks an in-depth and fun ‘circle trip’ that thousands of people enjoyed during the early days of touring Estes and Rocky Mountain National Park,” said Mary Jo Seifert, chair of the committee. “Of course,” she added, “they didn’t have the benefit of Jim Pickering to be on the tour with them! We encourage folks to purchase the ‘NOW’ part of the tour tickets on the 29th.”

The “NOW” part of the tour is a “circle” bus trip. On board the bus, docents will discuss the various points of interest at the “stops.” Getting off the bus at appointed “sites,” passengers will be met by a site docent and be given a tour of the historic area.

This type of fundraiser for the Museum has never been offered before, and as such, several new exciting features have been included in the $75.00 ticket price ($45.00 tax deductible) and $65.00 for museum members ($35.00 tax deductible). The September 14th tour includes: a full visual overview and historic discussion of the tour presented by Dr. Pickering with coffee and pastries served before boarding the buses, transportation for the circle tour, guided tours, entry fee into Rocky Mountain National Park, a box lunch, and a reception back at the museum at the close of the tour where time is available for questions and answers with Pickering. You also will receive a free copy of the book, “This Was Estes Park.”

The “Then & Now” parts of the tour do stand alone, if you are unable to attend both. Heisterkamp said, “Please put these two important dates on your calendar and be prepared to enjoy history from an entirely different perspective.”

Lord Dunraven’s, Estes Park Hotel

Lord Dunraven’s, Estes Park Hotel

Friends’ President Pat Washburn and the entire Friends’ Board express their deep appreciation to sponsors Judy Nystrom and Julia Daley – The Home Team – of First Colorado Realty for their continuing support. “The celebration of the 10th anniversary of the historic tour will be a one of a kind type of tour and we encourage everyone to purchase your tickets early,” added Washburn, a descendant of the historic Mills family.

Don’t miss this exclusive Anniversary Historic Tour. Among the sites visited are The Dunraven Cottage built by Lord Dunraven for the manager of The English Hotel (1877), The Fish Hatchery (1907), and the site of the 1915 official dedication of Rocky Mountain National Park and more! Tickets will be on sale at the Estes Park Museum only on June 29th. Beginning June 30th, tickets will only be available through the website:, not at the museum.

Now is the perfect time to renew your membership or become a member of the Friends. You’ll enjoy many new exhibits and programs throughout the summer with some “members only” programs and a discount for this exciting event: “Old Time Touring: Then and Now, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.” For more information, visit the Friends’ website at; call 577-3766, or visit the Estes Park Museum at 200 Fourth Street.

The postcards are “Courtesy Bobbie Heisterkamp, post card collection”

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