Resolved: Family History in 2017

So, did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2017? “Take up a new hobby or activity” is a popular one, and with genealogy and family history consistently near the top of the list of most popular hobbies in America, it’s no surprise that our librarians see a surge of aspiring genealogists come looking for their Colorado roots each January. Or maybe you’ve decided that 2017 is the year you’re finally going to get all your family papers and heirlooms organized and stored just the way you want them. Either way, the Stephen H. Hart Library & Research Center is ready to help you succeed. Continue reading “Resolved: Family History in 2017”

Decking the Halls at Hotel Colorado

The Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs is a place where holiday tradition and history meet, year after year.

In late November, Caitlin and Megan from History Colorado Preservation Programs took part in a special holiday tradition—decorating the Hotel Colorado for the holiday season. This was Megan’s eighth year as a volunteer, and Caitlin’s first. They joined almost 40 other volunteers to help bring holiday cheer to the historic hotel. The annual decoration of the hotel is a 26-year tradition, and many volunteers have been a part of the effort for 10 years or more. Janet Koelling and Kerry Koepping of Creative Dimensions spearheaded and organized the event. Continue reading “Decking the Halls at Hotel Colorado”

Extra! Extra! 18 Historic Colorado Newspapers Selected for the Library of Congress Chronicling America Database

Newsboys in Trinidad, Las Animas County, showing the headline of the 1914 Ludlow tragedy. Photo by Louis R. Dold. History Colorado Online Collection.

Since History Colorado joined the National Digital Newspaper Project (NDNP) in August 2016, project supervisor Kerry Baldwin and project manager Ann Sneesby-Koch have worked with the project’s advisory board to select titles culled from History Colorado’s collection of more than 1,000 Colorado newspapers on microfilm. Pooling the board’s collective expertise in historic newspaper collections, digitization and Colorado history, we arrived at a working list of 18 titles. By September 2018, 100,000 pages from across these titles will be incorporated into Chronicling America (, the fully searchable online database that provides free access to digitized US newspapers produced by the NDNP (a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress). Continue reading “Extra! Extra! 18 Historic Colorado Newspapers Selected for the Library of Congress Chronicling America Database”

A Little Background in the Warehouse…Literally

A couple weeks ago the Pueblo Move Project crew got to talking about our favorite pieces that we’ve found in the last few months since starting the project. There have been some incredible artifacts, including General William Palmer’s roll-top desk, David Moffat’s music box imported from France in 1936 (inside there are a series of bells that are periodically struck with tiny bee-shaped mallets while the music plays—well, presumably anyway), and a teeny-tiny cannon used for Fourth of July salutes from 1861 to 1876. Continue reading “A Little Background in the Warehouse…Literally”

National American Indian Heritage Month and Veterans’ Day

The National Register of Historic Places and Colorado State Register of Historic Properties are  tools that recognize National American Indian Heritage Month and Veterans’ Day, both celebrated in November. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. The Colorado State Register of Historic Properties is a listing of the state’s significant cultural resources worthy of preservation for the future education and enjoyment of Colorado’s residents and visitors.  Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places are automatically placed in the Colorado State Register.  They may also be nominated separately to the Colorado State Register without inclusion in the National Register.

Ute Memorial Site

Montrose, Montrose County


Listed in the National Register in 1970, the property encompasses part of pasture land once homesteaded by Chief Ouray and his wife Chipeta beginning in 1875.  While at times controversial, Chief Ouray played a significant role in attempts to peacefully navigate the adversity facing the Ute people.  The Daughters of the American Revolution first established a memorial at the site in 1924, building a concrete tipi over Chipeta Spring. Chipeta’s body was relocated from Utah to the site in 1925 with a procession reported to have been a mile long. Her brother, Chief John McCook, is buried next to her. In 1947, the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado) commissioned landscape architect Saco Rienk DeBoer and Smith and Hegner Architects to design a museum and grounds. The Museum opened to the public in 1956 and is currently being expanded in consultation with all three Ute tribes. For more information, visit: Continue reading “National American Indian Heritage Month and Veterans’ Day”