Oliver Aultman’s Colorado River Adventure

Undine boat on the Colorado River
The Undine on the Colorado River, Utah, 1901. Accession number: 2001.41

Oliver Aultman, head of Colorado’s longest running photography studio, was not known for his sense of adventure. In the various biographical profiles I’ve read about Aultman while processing the Aultman Studio collection at History Colorado, he is described as a mild-mannered man who stayed out of politics, rarely took a drink, and preferred shooting photographs in the controlled atmosphere of his studio to the raucous streets of turn-of-the-century Trinidad, Colorado.1 Even Aultman’s son, Glenn, stated that his father’s penchant for photography rarely extended beyond the studio.2 Yet to call Aultman strictly a studio photographer would be an oversimplification of Aultman’s life and work. A huge case in point is Aultman’s little-documented adventure on the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1901. Continue reading “Oliver Aultman’s Colorado River Adventure”

An Explosive Start to the New Year

Military shells in storage.
Military shells in storage.

Since September 2016, I’ve been a part of the team working on an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to move items from our Pueblo warehouse to Denver. Each week we’ve been able to discover so many new objects and properly pack them on pallets and ship them. The first week of the new year started as it always does: we were moving objects off the shelves and onto pallets to start securing them for a safe commute. On January 4, we decided to start working on military shells. In plain sight for the entire project were ten military projectile shells of varying sizes sitting on wooden pallets that we’d held off on packing due to their large sizes and weight. Continue reading “An Explosive Start to the New Year”

Colorado Goes to the Fair with the Colorado Mineral Palace!

Colorado Mineral Palace model

In May 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago opened to the public. The exposition was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World in 1492. One of the objects on view—the Colorado Mineral Palace model—is currently on exhibit at the History Colorado Center. Continue reading “Colorado Goes to the Fair with the Colorado Mineral Palace!”

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”

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 (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov), 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”