Golden History Museum and Park: Ring in 2022 with the art of skiing, old signs and movie projectors!



Updates and changes to the exhibit have been temporarily put on hold during the height of COVID so we can double our Legacy Collection inventory project. Looking ahead to 2022, the inventory of collections will remain a priority for the museum (we have just hired a temporary collection technician to speed up this crucial work). However, in early 2022 we will be hosting several exciting updates to the exhibit.

Legendary people

This permanent gallery dedicated to celebrating the good people of Golden will temporarily showcase an original painted map of Hal Shelton, who is best known for the artwork he created for the ski industry. On loan from the Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame, the nearly eight-foot-wide painting was created circa 1965 for Colorado Ski Country USA and includes a number of lost Colorado ski areas. In order to make room for Shelton’s painting, Eugenia Mitchell’s story will be told with her American Flag quilt, which has been on long-term loan from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

Craft beer & Pizza

This exhibit, which celebrates two long-standing Golden companies and families, is also closing. Stop again if you missed it, and be sure to take the time to watch the fun video shown in the living room on how to make Woody’s Pizza. Craft beer and pizza will be replaced by Sign the time and feature at least three newly acquired historic signs at local places like Big Tree Mobile Home Park and the neon sign that has marked the Golden Independent Order of Oddfellows Lodge on Washington Avenue since 1952.

Movie projectors

Finally, the museum acquired the two original Simplex E-7 cinema projectors from the beloved Gem Theater in Golden. Countless reels of film have spun around these technological marvels, entertaining the Goldenites for nearly 30 years. The former theater at 1301Washington Avenue is now home to Starbucks and Snarfs.

The John Nowlen family of Arvada, who once owned the old theater, generously donated the projectors recently after keeping them in a safe place for almost 50 years. We thought the spotlight was lost on history. We’re excited to see them back at Golden and look forward to seeing at least one public presentation of them. There is more in the works, but I will not give it my all yet!

And as always, I’m always on the lookout for some interesting Golden Stories and Artifacts, so if you have any to share, let me know!

Mark Dodge, Curator

This press release was produced by the Golden History Museum & Park. The opinions expressed are those of the author.


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