Working on New Exhibits at The Ute Indian Museum in Montrose

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Beaded Moccasins

While the construction to expand the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose is moving along nicely, the exhibit team at History Colorado is busy planning the new exhibits to be installed there. One of the most exciting parts of exhibit development is selection of the artifacts to support the stories of the Ute people that we will tell. Continue reading “Working on New Exhibits at The Ute Indian Museum in Montrose”

Behind the Scenes: Ute Collections Review

Z0020436Ute Coll RevHistory Colorado has extensive holdings of Ute artifacts—clothing, headdresses, baskets, beadwork, cradleboards, bows and arrows, ceramics and photographs—the bulk of the materials made in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In the collection are items that once belonged to Ute leaders, artifacts that show the expert workmanship of Ute craftspeople, and objects used in everyday life. Together, these remarkable materials help us interpret the history of Colorado’s remaining resident tribes: the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, along with their sister tribe, the Ute Indian Tribe on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah. Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: Ute Collections Review”

The Role of Toys in the Archaeology of Self

In early 2008 I visited my childhood home in North Carolina with my wife Laurie and oldest son Andrew. Laurie was pregnant with our younger son James. Having children was already making me feel nostalgic about my own childhood, but something else emphasized it on that visit.

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Partially buried scale model plane (Avro Vulcan)

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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”