Museum Fundraiser Event


Exclusive Day Tour of the Elkhead Rock School House with Dorothy Wickenden, author of the Ny Times bestseller book: 'Nothing Daunted" which featured the school house!! 

The School house is located on private property- thanks to the generosity of the Green Family for sharing the school with us and the Fulton/ Wattle Family for access thus enabling us to raise funds to help the Museum continue to preserve our local history!! 

For 2020 we have been very fortunate that the author of the book, "Nothing Daunted" and Executive Editor of the New Yorker magazine, Dorothy Wickenden will join us for the tour making the experience even more memorable!!

Saturday-June 27th, 2020


Come and immerse yourself in local history while supporting the museum!!

The day will kick off at the Hayden Heritage Museum where participants will check in at the Museum at 9 am, enjoy coffee and muffins and browse the museum exhibits. Bring your "Nothing Daunted' book to get signed or copies will be available for purchase in the Museum gift shop.  We will  board shuttles promptly at 9:30 am to make the journey as the girls did 100 years ago to the Elk Head Rock Schoolhouse. Shuttles will stop along the way to highlight the teachers experiences traveling to the Elkhead area and some of the places mentioned in the book. Once at the Rock School House, participants can either take a short guided nature walk with a local naturalist, who will discuss the areas flora and fauna and what hardships the Elkhead area homesteaders faced as well as stop at the homestead  cabin site of later school teacher Iva Rench. - or just enjoy the beautiful vistas of the rugged Elkhead area and the schoolhouse . 

Don't forget to bring your camera!

 After the walk enjoy a cafeteria style  lunch in the  school house and talk with the author Dorothy Wickenden (and get your book signed) as well as the owners of the building who purchased and preserved the school house.

The tour will return to Hayden  by aprox. 3:30/ 4 pm.


The Museum will be open so don't miss the Elkhead pictorial display.



The Hayden Heritage Center is a nonprofit 501c3 entity.


Participants should wear comfortable clothes, shoes (sandals not recommended), hat and sunscreen.

Lunch, museum water bottles/ water stations, and transportation are provided. Please be aware bathroom facilities will consist of portojohns.

Event will not be cancelled due to inclemental weather, however it may be moved to the lower Elkhead school house if the road is impassable- sorry no refunds


The  Elkhead Rock Schoolhouse sits in a remote area aprox 40 minutes  north of Hayden- located on private land  it is not accesible to the public except for this  one day event!




Pre registration is required due to the limited space


Tickets are $100 

includes transportation and lunch 

Members get 10% off - please contact the museum for discount purchase!!! Either email the museum at or call Tues-Thurs 9-5pm (970) 276-4380


Click the 'Buy Now' button below , this will take you to a secure paypal site. Make sure you enter your first and last name(s) onto your ticket(s)  before clicking the paypal button, and include your email once at the paypal site. You may purchase multiple tickets under one name and don't forget to print your receipt!



Please be at the Museum at 9 am day of your tour to check in.

Coffee, and bakegoods will be available

Shuttes will leave at 9:30



Have some time in the area and want to immerse a bit more.... visit these local places connected to the book:


Tracks and Trails Museum in Oak Creek where the Perrys had their mines


Carpenter Ranch- Now the Nature Conservancy- Formerly the Dawson Ranch and later where Ferry Carpenter lived




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