New Look For 10th Annual Historic Tour
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Historic Tour presented by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc., a new concept including two parts for the tour will be featured this year in: “Old Time Touring: Then and Now, Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.” Friends’ President, Pat Washburn, and the entire Friends’ Board express their deep appreciation to our sponsors Judy Nystrom and Julia Daley of First Colorado Realty for their continuing support.
Harking back to the time when “circle tours” through Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding towns were all the rage, the Friends will be offering a shortened replication of the famous tours that encouraged people to sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. The guided tour even included a box lunch to be eaten along the way!
The Friends’ tour this year starts with a free program on June 29th at the Museum at 2:00 pm. Dr. Jim Pickering, Estes Park’s Historian Laureate, and author Bobbie Heisterkamp will present the “THEN” part of the tour. 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 exciting places 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.”
The “NOW” part of the tour is a “circle” bus trip on Saturday, September 14th and will be limited to 120 people. 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 ($65.00 for museum members). $35.00 of the ticket price is 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. However, it is expected most of the limited number of tickets for the September 14th bus tour will be sold at the June 29th program at the Museum. Heisterkamp adds, “Please put these two important dates on your calendar and be prepared to enjoy history from an entirely different perspective.”
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. For more information, visit the Friends’ website at www.estesparkmuseumfriends.org; call 577-3766, or visit the Museum at 200 Fourth Street. Now is the perfect time to renew your membership or become a member of 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.”