Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Friends of Golden History Museums

  • Golden, CO
  • www.GoldenHistory.org

Mission Statement

Golden History Museums engages and inspires visitors by preserving and sharing Golden's history. The Friends of Golden History Museums supports the museum's educational and capital projects.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Building Colorado
  3. Hands-on History
  4. Golden City Trading Post

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Service Areas

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Colorado

Golden History Museums serves the residents and visitors of the City of Golden and Jefferson County, Colorado.

ruling year

1999

Director since 2010

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Mr. Nathan History Richie

Keywords

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history, historic, museum, pioneer, Colorado, educational, arts and culture, living history, hotel, community, Astor House Museum, Clear Creek History Park, Golden History Center

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EIN

84-1473577

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs

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Program 1

We share regional history with between 18,000 - 20,000 visitors every year. Our major programs include the permanent exhibitions at both the Astor House Museum and Clear Creek History Park, school programs at both sites that serve over 3,000 students a year, very active events including the series Tea Time at the Astor House, Opening Day, regular wood-stove cooking and blacksmithing demonstrations a 7 weeks of the popular Hands On History children's summer program. We enjoy providing a continuum of learning opportunities for students, seniors, singles and families. We see community-building as a priority of ours and we are thankful for the support our community, donors and volunteers share with us.

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Program 2

Building Colorado

Building Colorado engages third and fourth graders in economics and history concepts through a lively, facilitated 90-minute game-based lesson. Students work in teams to weigh the opportunity cost, incentives, and risks to make the same choices that historic Colorado cities faced. It fulfills content standards for all social studies topics and challenges critical thinking skills.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

50,000

Program 3

Hands-on History

Hands-on History summer camp is a fun-filled weeklong day camp at the Clear Creek History Park. Campers use their hands as much as their brains in Dirty Jobs and they’ll time-travel to the 1800s when they learn how to prepare biscuits on the wood stove in Pioneer Kids.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$50,000

Program 4

Golden City Trading Post

Golden City Trading Post is a new immersive field trip experience for K-5 students that offers myriad hands-on activities, demonstrations, and crafts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The special educational experience takes place at Clear Creek History Park and features presentations and activities from more than a dozen cultural partners. Students can watch a blacksmith in action, learn about life on the frontier, and even meet the legendary Buffalo Bill!

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$15,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Colorado

Golden History Museums serves the residents and visitors of the City of Golden and Jefferson County, Colorado.

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Director

Mr. Nathan History Richie

BIO

Nathan Richie is director at Golden History Museums in Golden, Colorado. He holds an MA in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University and a BA in American History from Colorado State University. Previously, Nathan served as Director of Exhibits and Programs at the McCormick Freedom Museum in Chicago and as Curator of Collections and Programs at the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana. Nathan was born in Colorado Springs and lives presently in Arvada, Colorado.

STATEMENT FROM THE Director

"Golden History Museums (GHM) is comprised of three museum sites in downtown Golden, Colorado--Golden History Center, Astor House, and Clear Creek History Park. GHM offers an array of exhibits, programs, and manages the City's collection of more than 15,000 artifacts.

Friends of Golden History Museums was established in 1999 and awarded a contract to operate the City's museums. Through a strategic change in 2010, the City of Golden assumed operations of the museums.

The Friends of Golden History Museums transitioned into a support organization that raises funds to help GHM achieve its educational and capital needs. The Friends have supported such initiatives as providing exhibit underwriting, sponsored summer camp scholarships, and provided funding for artifact conservation.

In 2017, the Friends of Golden History Museums made a significant contribution to the Discovery Awaits campaign--a full renovation and re-installation of the Golden History Center.

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Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Michael Durall

CommonWealth Consulting Group

Term: Dec 2016 - Dec 2018

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