About Us

The Palisade Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and communicating the unique history of this small, Western Colorado town which was settled in the 1890s.  We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and depend on donations and volunteers for our efforts to preserve Palisade’s history before it disappears. Please contact us if you are interested volunteering on a committee, serving as a History Museum host, or donating historic photos or other items. We can scan and return original photos to donors. Your donations are tax deductible. Our non-profit tax ID is 27-246812.

Annual memberships start at $25 for individuals, $50 for families, $100 for businesses, and $500 for patrons. A ten-year membership is $200, and lifetime membership is $400.

Palisade History Museum 3740 G Road – near Elberta Ave. on Highway 6 North Frontage Road

We have renovated a pre-1939 log building into Palisade’s first history museum as the permanent home for our collection of historic photos, documents, and memorabilia. The History Museum is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Check back for updates on days and hours it is open, as we continue to recruit volunteer hosts.  Admission is free, and donations are appreciated.

Another important project is getting additional issues of The Palisade Tribune, our newspaper of record from June 6, 1903 until it ceased publishing in March 2014, preserved, digitized and added to the Historic Colorado Newspaper Collection website.  3,753 issues – including all issues in our archives from 1903 to December 1978 – are now visible for searching or browsing at Colorado Historic Newspapers. We continue fundraising to get as many of the remaining issues on the data base as possible.

2024 – 2025 Board of Directors:

  • Ralph Branch
  • Joe Burtard
  • Jaime Cox, Treasurer
  • Nancy Eighmy
  • Gary Hines, Secretary
  • Nancy K. Morrison
  • JoAnn Rasmussen, Vice Chair
  • Priscilla Walker, Chair

Useful links:

Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways-Grand Mesa
Sunrise Rotary Club
Museum of Western Colorado
Palisade Irrigation District
Mesa County Libraries