On The Scene: at the reception for ‘Western Slope 
Heritage Rendezvous: Treasures of the Commu

Sarah Catlin and Deb Kovalik

Claire Kempa, Catherine Meloranga and Chris Huisjen

Robynn Kinnick, Orville Petersen, Cary Baird and Jessica Peterson

Charlene Weidner and John Lindstrom

Michael Menard, Wanda Allen and Frank Nemanich

Judy Knight and C.J. BraFford

Sonny and Gene Shelton

Jim Wetzel


I knew that this was going to be a great exhibit, as I’d been sneaking peeks all month long while going in and out of the Loyd Files Research Library doing research.

Before attending a Feb. 13 opening reception for a new exhibit titled “Western Slope Heritage Rendezvous: Treasures of the Community,” and for an exhibition area at the Museum of the West, I didn’t realize the impact the exhibition area will have on the future. I say “the future” because history reflects our past and learning from it is our future.

Let me explain the importance of the exhibition area, which was made possible by the Grand Junction Lions Club, The Bacon Foundation, Major Mortgage and the Palisade Historical Society.

The space will allow the museum to “change things up more often, creating dynamic and exciting exhibits. It is a real milestone for the Museum of Western Colorado,” said Peter Booth, the museum’s executive director.

When my fellow Mesa County Historical Society Board member and founder, Emma McCreanor, and I arrived at the reception, the Museum of the West ready was packed with museum members and contributors to the exhibit from across western Colorado.

First, I needed fortification. A little bit of cheese and meat and I was good, then I spotted some youngsters, always a good sighting when you are dealing with history.

Claire Kempa, Catherine Meloranga and Chris Huisjen were very much part of the “Treasures of the Community” exhibit and all are history majors at Colorado Mesa University.

Claire, who is originally from Rock Springs, Wyo., was the proud curator of the CMU contribution to the exhibit. Catherine is the president of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society. Chris is from Montrose and the vice-president of Phi Alpha Theta.

Jim Dildine and Lynn Albers, of the Special Collections and Archives at CMU’s John Tomlinson Library, also were there.

Charlene Weidner, a Palisade Historical Society board member, always is pleasant to run into. She was with husband, John Lindstrom.

Also represented at in the exhibit are items from the Ute Indian Museum, and C.J. Brafford, a Lakota Sioux and museum director, was at the reception with Judy Knight from Towaoc on the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Reservation. Judy created one of the beaded cradle boards on display in the exhibit.

I gathered some Museum of Western Colorado board members for a photo. Board President Cary Baird had just thanked the donors, and I wanted to thank her. Cary is Chevron’s community engagement specialist. Chevron gives back to this community in many ways.

Robynn Kinnick is a new board member and a stay-at-home mom who wanted to get involved with something that supports children and families. Nice choice, Robynn!

Orville Petersen, with Chadwick, Steinkirchner and Davis, and new board member Jessica Peterson, editor of The Maverick and a mass communications teacher at CMU, also jumped into the photo.

Wanda Allen and Frank Nemanich were hanging out with Michael Menard, the Loyd Files Research Library archivist. Wanda, Frank and Frank’s dog, Max, are regular, valuable volunteers with the library.

Sonny and Gene Shelton were two people I had never seen before and wanted to meet, so I sidled on up. Sonny is with the Dominguez Archeological Group and Gene is formerly with the Colorado Historical Society and volunteers his blacksmithing skills at Cross Orchards Living History Farm.

Jim Wetzel, author and 16-year curator of the Delta County Museum, dressed for the occasion to show off the museum’s treasures.

It’s not a social event until Sarah Catlin, Hilltop’s fundraising coordinator, and Deb Kovalik, Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau executive director, show up. They were viewing Teddy Roosevelt’s saddle in the part of the exhibit from Glenwood Springs’ Frontier Historical Society.

Western Colorado shares a geographical history but each community has a unique story to tell about why it exists.

Lake City, Pioneer Town in Cedaredge, Craig and Mesa County Libraries also were part of the exhibit, showing off some of their treasures.

The exhibit will be up through May 3, so please go see it. No excuses.

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■ Grand Junction High School students will perform the musical “Peter Pan” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday at Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St. Tickets cost $13 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Info: 254-6900.

■ The Carlos Oscar Comedy Show will begin at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) Saturday at Allen Unique Autos, 2285 River Road. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 the day of the show. Info: monumentalevents.com.

Check Friday’s Out & About for additional entertainment events.


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