History and Fashion

blog_fashionStudents are weaving fashion and history together in a unique project involving the Fashion Merchandising and Retail Marketing program at Johnson & Wales University’s Denver campus and the History Colorado education department’s fashion collection. Working with historic garments from the 1860s to the 1950s—including menswear, children’s clothes, and Colorado First Ladies’ dresses—students will write two-part blogs about a select garment, recording its time period, elements specific to its era, its wearers, when it would be worn, and other interesting information. Students will write research papers about how their garment influenced styles of the last fifty years and how it translates to the twenty-first century.  They’ll also include the silhouette, fiber and color, fabrication details, and the garment’s symbolism. The project’s goal is to have the students identify and analyze the psychological, social, aesthetic, economic, technological, religious, and geographic factors that influence dress. Continue reading “History and Fashion”

Spring Break Workshops Offer Out-of-the-Ordinary Fun

Looking for something out of the ordinary to do with your childreninterior_workshops when they’re out of school for spring break? The History Colorado Center has cooked up a number of great parent/child workshops to help stave off cabin fever. Each program is repeated the following week, so that all Denver-area school district’s spring breaks are accommodated. Continue reading “Spring Break Workshops Offer Out-of-the-Ordinary Fun”

Straight from the Curator’s Kitchen

It’s that time of year again. Time to dust off those favorite holidayeggnog recipes—the ones you only make once a year.  Maybe it’s Grandma Ferguson’s sticky buns or Great Aunt Ethel’s sugar cookies.  But maybe you’re the type to seek out a new recipe every year.  I fall somewhere in the middle.  I have some personal family favorites passed down through generations but I’m always looking for new recipes.  As luck would have it, I recently came across an eggnog recipe in History Colorado’s collection (Photo: Eva Dennis’s cookbook, R.25.2009). Continue reading “Straight from the Curator’s Kitchen”

Artifact Conservation for Living West

Leading up to the November opening of Living West, collections and curatorial staff made sure manyIMG_1631_greenfield of History Colorado’s most treasured artifacts were ready for display. Several pieces from our world-class Mesa Verde collection are now on view, including ceramics and basketry that are more than 500 years old. Artifacts may require repairs, cleaning, or other treatments to be safe and look their best for exhibit, so checking item conditions is a crucial part of the process. We must also compare conditions before and after the exhibit to make sure items are not harmed as a result of being on display. Continue reading “Artifact Conservation for Living West”

Your Own Cabinet of Curiosities

Museums originated as cabinets of curiosities—rooms packed floorMesa-Verde-artifacts-for-Living-West_0 to ceiling with all manner of exotic, rare, and old objects. Their stewards arranged, categorized, tagged, and displayed these collections for a single purpose: to inspire wonder. While museums have evolved dramatically from their avocational beginnings in parlors of the elite, their mission remains constant. They inspire visitors to find wonder and meaning in their world, to ask questions, to make connections. History Colorado shares that commitment. Continue reading “Your Own Cabinet of Curiosities”