For over a century, the ruins of his dream home have watched over Estes Park, only a short walk from the nearby cabin he built almost entirely with his own hands. While Albert Birch’s dwelling place is a famous local landmark, less is known about the man. Come enjoy a summer evening and a chance encounter with Mr. Birch, one of the most colorful and illustrious promoters of early Estes Park. Learn about his local ties, his time as a Denver newspaperman, and his connections to Colorado history. Mr. Birch will be conjured by historic portrayalist Kurtis Kelly for this special “evening on the knoll.”
The program will take place outdoors from 6-7 p.m. The performance will be on the grass in front of the ruins at the top of the Knoll-Willows Open Space located behind Town Hall and the Estes Valley Public Library. A dirt trail is the only way to access the cabin from the small (seven car) parking lot parallel to Wonderview Avenue or for those that are able to hike a short distance, please park at the Library or along MacGregor Avenue and access the trail from behind Town Hall. Comfortable shoes, a hat, sunglasses, blankets or folding chairs are encouraged. Free program; no reservations are necessary.
Located at 200 Fourth Street, the Estes Park Museum galleries are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The mission of the Estes Park Museum is to conduct activities that preserve, share and respect the unique history of Estes Park. For more information, call the Estes Park Museum at 970-586-6256 or visit the Museum’s website at http://www.estes.org/museum. Museum admission is free.
Due to a rain and hail storm that took place on Aug. 2, the “Beyond the Ruins: At Home with Al Birch” program was rescheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. If inclement weather moves in that evening, the back-up location is the Estes Park Museum, located at 200 Fourth Street.