Donated by Irl G. Whitchurch on behalf of Dorothy E Whitchurch in 1960. Mr. Whitchurch was an artist and Mrs. Whitchurch was a housekeeper. Mrs. Whitchurch purchased objects from Charles Eagle Plume in Allenspark, east of Estes Park. According to the Boulder Daily Camera (4/12/15), Eagle Plume collected and sold Indian artifacts, championed the rights of Native Americans and became a legend in his own time. Eagle Plume was a shop keeper of German and Irish descent who claimed to be Blackfoot. His birth name was Charles F. Burkhardt. No one knows just when Eagle Plume arrived in Estes Park, but shortly afterward, he frequented a curio shop between Estes Park and Allenspark called the Perkins Trading Post. At first, the shop mostly sold antiques, but with Eagle Plume's help, the owner shifted the focus to the arts and crafts of the American Indian. In addition to minding the store, Eagle Plume, in full Indian headdress and attire -- including a wig -- quickly became a public speaker specializing in Indian art and culture. When the owner of the Perkins Trading Post died, she left her shop to Eagle Plume. Charlie Eagle Plume never married or had children and died in Estes Park in 1992. Like his predecessor, he left his business to his employees. The store is still open and is still called Eagle Plume's.