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Steamers, Violins And Ghosts, Oh My!

Byron Hall and Dennis Hedley getting ready to install the burner in Emery Whites Steam Car. Photo courtesy Stanley Museum

The Stanley Museum is warming up for summer with several special May programs. The Steam Team has been busy this winter working on a Steam Car that was sent over from the western slope of Colorado for work. Repairs included fixing the plumbing, readjusting valves, and even ordering a specially made boiler from England. The heavy metal boiler arrived after a long trip on a ship across the Atlantic Ocean and is now successfully installed in the steam car, thanks to diligent work by the steam team. The steam team will offer weekly talks, barn tours and firing up demonstrations through September, call for times or to make a special appointment for your club or family reunion.

John Mueller, who has been taking care of the FO Stanley made violin will start a summer series of demonstrations, starting with waltzes on Monday, May 10th  at noon at the Stanley Museum. For those who can’t get away on a weekday to hear the violin, Highland Music in collaboration with the Stanley Museum, will hold a Stanley Violin demonstration in honor of Mother’s Day weekend. The demonstration for the museum will take place at Highland Music in the Old Church Shops at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 8th. Following the demonstration, teachers will be available to talk about making musical instruments like Stanley did, share books and kits on homemade instruments and have a sign up sheet for students who wish to sign up for a summer music lesson series.

The ever popular Ghost Story hour will also be returning for the summer to the Stanley Museum starting daily in June, at 1 p.m. For those wanting a taste of ghosts before June, dedicated Stanley Historian Tom Danton will be giving a Ghost Story hour at the Stanley Museum on May 15th at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 and Tom sprinkles a liberal helping of history throughout the exciting stories.

Reader’s Theatre weekly exercises for students will be offered through collaboration with the Estes Park Library Foundation. Call to get your student on the list of invitees for these lively day time events.

Research and help for the Young Chautauqua Program will be available to students all summer long at the Stanley Museum, free of charge.

Plans for the annual Heritage Festival are underway. The Festival committee is happy to accept applications for help and early historical demonstrations. The Heritage Festival will take place on August 21st and 22nd. Call 970-577-1903 for more information on the Festival.

Sign up for volunteer shifts for the summer months are also underway at the Stanley Museum. Volunteers are always welcome and opportunities abound in many areas of expertise, not the least of which is greeting and chatting with visitors from out of town and often across the seas. The Stanley Museum is a nonprofit organization. It is located in lower Stanley Village, just behind the Chocolate Factory. For more information visit the museum or call 970-577-1903, or email at

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