Friends of Golden History Museums

FoGHM provides funding and volunteer support for exhibits, programs and historic collections at the Golden History Museum and Park. FoGHM also provides a channel for grant-making and receiving, as well as planning and conducting social events at the Museum.

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Golden History Museum

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Children (4-12 years)
Teachers

Description

The FoGHM and the Golden History Museum host approximately 20 events for members and the public, and has exhibits each year that draw from the museum's collection of over 15,000 artifacts pertaining to Golden's heritage. The museum works closely with local historians and members of the community to tell their unique stories about Golden's past. Ambitious plans to update the exhibit spaces at the Golden History Museum have been completed for the celebration of the Golden History Museum's 80th anniversary in 2018.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The museum's programming and collections include popular virtual programs such as 'Religion, Race, and Constitutional Conflict in American Education', 'What are we really arguing about? Environmentalism in the 21st Century', 'The Bad Old Days of Colorado:
Untold Stories of the Wild West', 'Place and Identity in Contemporary Indigenous Literature' and 'Votes for Women: How Colorado Led the Way'. In-person programs will resume as the COVID restrictions permit. A project has been started to inventory items in storage and add them to the collection; a new collection item includes company artifacts donated by the grandson of the Jolly Rancher Candy Company founders Harmsen family.

Golden History Park

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children ages 5 to 21
Families
General Public
Children (4-12 years)

Description

History comes to life with historic cabins, one-room schoolhouse, blacksmithing, wood stove cooking demonstrations, heirloom chicken coop, animal corral, garden, gold panning sluice and historic games of the late 1800's in the Golden area. School groups tour the park year-round. Hands On History camp is held each summer for children ages 6-10 where they experience pioneer life. Friends of Golden History Museums' support enables scholarships to the HOH summer camp.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Park serves as a venue for special events, both public and private and is the site of the Hands-on-History summer camp for youth. The Museum staff has received written thanks for the dynamic programs and positive experiences realized at the Camp.

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