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Historian Laureate Jim Pickering To Offer Downtown History Tour

Historian Laureate Jim Pickering to offer downtown history tour

Discover the hidden past with Estes Park Historian Laureate Jim Pickering on a Walking Tour of historic downtown Estes Park. The tour, sponsored by the Estes Park Museum, will be offered on Thursday, August 20 and repeated on Thursday, August 27. Both tours run from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., meeting in Bond Park, downtown Estes Park. Space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made beginning July 1 by calling the Museum at 970-577-3762. The cost is $5 for members of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. and $10 for non-members.

The village of Estes Park was platted by Abner Sprague in April of 1905. Within weeks, lots along the street he named “Elkhorn” were taken up and new businesses were planted. Within a decade the basic footprint of the town we know today had put down roots. Walk along historic Elkhorn Avenue with Estes Park Historian Laureate Jim Pickering and see the present through the eyes of the past.

Now through October, the Museum, located at 200 Fourth Street, is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Closed July 3 and 4. Current exhibits at the Museum include Patchwork Storytellers, an exploration of quilting in Estes Park, located in the National Park Service Headquarters building and Altered Landscapes in the main gallery. The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to collect, interpret and preserve local history, as well as to present exhibits, programs and events for the education and benefit of residents and visitors of all ages. For more information call the Estes Park Museum at 586-6256 or visit the Museum’s website at www.estes.org/museum. Admission is always free.

Individuals interested in supporting the Museum can join the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. for as little as $30 annually. Benefits include invitations to special events, receptions and tours such as the Cheley

Camp tour and other historic tours. Members also receive discounts on retail purchases at the Museum Shop, a complementary Friends publication and a subscription to the quarterly newsletters Museum Pieces and Friends to Friends.

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