Staff and Volunteers

John  Volunteer Docent / Board Member   My first seven years were spent in Chicago.  But I’ve lived in many places.  My parents were both scientists in high demand, so I got to travel all over the U.S. and was educated both by a variety of school systems as well as by soaking in the knowledge, discussions and books that filled our household. High school was in Los Alamos, NM, and college in Swarthmore, PA.  The majority of my career was spent running an engineering firm in Boulder, CO.  Moving to Montrose to retire, I continued to do engineering consulting for a number of years, primarily for Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, UT.   My first exposure to the Museum Of The Mountain West was just in passing.  I stopped by to see what it was about and was absolutely amazed at the collection of historical artifacts here.  It was like no museum I’d ever seen.  Then I took a tour and saw how well everything was presented . . . not in glass cases behind ropes, but in a guided tour among actual recreations and authentic Old West buildings.  Here, the artifacts, buildings and stores play an important role in helping our Museum visitors understand not only how the Old West developed in terms of “things,” but also how the details and nuances of daily life affected those who lived their lives in this era.  I volunteered to be a Tour Guide to show people all of the wonderful things here as well as tell the stories that bring these things to life.   As I guide...

Closed for Private Event

Please be advised, the Museum will be closed for a private event on Friday 3/8 and Saturday 3/9. We will reopen on Monday 3/11 back to regular business hours 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM.

Thanksgiving Week

Hello Museum fans! We will be observing winter hours starting November 15, 2018.  The new hours will be Tuesday-Saturday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.  Come by and see our incredible collection of artifacts!