Searching for Home: An Exhibit at the History Colorado Museum

IMG_7631Two years ago James Peterson initiated a conversation with a man holding a sign on a Denver street corner. The sign read: “Homeless. Anything helps. God bless.” Over several weeks James noticed and visited with others holding signs. He bought some of the signs. At one point James asked himself, “what in that person’s life led them to this street corner to depend on the generosity of passersby simply to survive.” Continue reading “Searching for Home: An Exhibit at the History Colorado Museum”

Baby Doe Tabor: the Matchless Girl’s Wedding Dress

Kathryn Klein, Curator of Culture and Community at History Colorado

Growing up in Denver, I knew Leadville as a destination for our family to take out-of-town relatives who came to visit Colorado. I still have fond memories of eating ice cream cones on summer days while walking with my cousin through the streets of the Old West. The rocky mountains of Colorado instilled a deep sense of wildness, strength and independence in my 12-year-old mind in the early 1970s. My cousin Mark, from Illinois, was exactly the same age as me, and if I’d looked him in the eye while we ate our ice cream in the middle of Leadville, I’d have considered us equal in every way. How little did I know how hard-fought my attitude came from a history of so many women before me. And in the West were a number of women whose stories tell us the truth about privilege, hardship and endurance. Continue reading “Baby Doe Tabor: the Matchless Girl’s Wedding Dress”

Tabor Bed and Dresser

In search of gold, Horace Tabor and his first wife, Augusta, settled in Denver in 1859. After a number of years in Oro City (an early mining town near Leadville, now abandoned), the couple moved to Leadville in 1877. A year later, Horace struck it rich—in silver, not gold. With his new wealth, he established newspapers, a bank and the Tabor Opera House in Leadville and the Tabor Grand Opera House and Tabor Block in Denver. He also bought the Matchless mine in Leadville (1879), earning for a time $2,000 a day from its high-quality silver. Continue reading “Tabor Bed and Dresser”