Grand Valley Historical Society
The Grand Valley Historical Society, a group of individuals interested in compiling, preserving and presenting the area's history, meets quarterly on the second Monday of the months of January, April, July and October at 7:00 PM at the Battlement Mesa Historical School House.
Like much of the west, Battlement Mesa, Parachute, the Grand Valley and Colorado's Western Slope are rich in history.
The society's recent projects include the restoration of the Battlement Mesa School House, the relocation of the Glover Cabin and the acquisition and display of the Last Great Train Robbery art work.
Throughout the year, the Society presents special performances or lectures on matters of historical significance. Recent presentations include Doug Misher as former President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, Mary Jane Bradbury, as Margaret "Molly" Brown and Kathy Jordan, a Grand Junction historian who discussed the old settlement of Tunnel, in Debeque Canyon.
In June 2011, the official unveiling of the "Last Great Train Robbery" paintings was held at the Parachute Town Hall when Gary Miller, the son of the late Western artist Jack Roberts, related his memories of the paintings. The three paintings, which depict the 1904 train robbery west of Battlement Mesa and Parachute, are now on display at the Parachute Town Hall.