Building History Colorado’s Collection

IMG_8120In February 1879, enabling legislation was signed by the Governor of Colorado creating the State Historical Society, the objective of which was to collect and preserve items relating to the history of the state. Since that time, the collection has grown to encompass approximately 15 million individual items including archival documents, artifacts and visual images. Continue reading “Building History Colorado’s Collection”

Chryso-Ceramics in Colorado

HealyChrysoCeramicsSoon to be on exhibit, this beautiful coffee service set has a unique history—not only because of who owned it, but also who made it. From the estate of Townsend Sherman McAllister, the set was donated to History Colorado in 1970. The donor’s father, Henry McAllister Jr. was raised in Colorado Springs and in 1896 married his college sweetheart Phebe Ketcham of Jericho, Long Island. In 1898, son Townsend Sherman was born in Colorado Springs, followed by Henry III in 1904. In 1906, the family moved to Denver where Henry Jr. established his general law practice. Phebe was active in St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, as well as in the Colonial Dames and Monday Literary Club. A prominent family in Denver, the McAllisters often entertained in their home at 1880 Gaylord Street. Guests not only enjoyed good food and company, they sat on antique furniture from Phebe’s family who settled Jericho, Long Island, during Colonial times and enjoyed beautiful art. Continue reading “Chryso-Ceramics in Colorado”

Read Colorado’s Historic Newspapers Online

In this digital age, the way we read newspapers may have changed, but the characteristics and qualities of newspapers have remained largely the same. A newspaper is a first-hand creation with information relevant to the life and culture of the community it serves. A newspaper is, metaphorically, the eyes, voice and spirit of a community. History Colorado preserves those voices and stories on the best newspaper preservation format available: microfilm. Continue reading “Read Colorado’s Historic Newspapers Online”

A Colorado Veteran’s Tale: Ahrend “Ben” Turban’s Pacific Diary

008**Disclaimer: While, of course, the use of the pejorative term “Jap” is no longer tolerated today, writers at the time of World War II used the term liberally. We have left the term intact to preserve the full accuracy of these historical records. Reader discretion is advised.**

There’s often a vast disconnect between those who fight wars and those who remain at home. A manuscript collection recently added to History Colorado’s Archives collection highlights a personal attempt to reconcile this gap. Mr. Ahrend “Ben” H. Turban was born in Denver in 1911 and grew up in various homes for orphans. After attending South High School and the Colorado School of Mines, Ben, as he liked to be called, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1938. He worked as civil engineer and surveyor in major points of military conflict throughout the Pacific, including Guadalcanal, Saipan, and Okinawa.   Continue reading “A Colorado Veteran’s Tale: Ahrend “Ben” Turban’s Pacific Diary”

Beyond the Stacks: A Library Redefined

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Exterior view on Opening Night. Photo by Anderson Hallas Architects.

Adaptive Reuse at Altitude: Innovative Partnerships Transform a Schoolhouse

Up at 9,600 feet above sea level in Breckenridge, Colorado, a stately schoolhouse has weathered more than a century of high altitude winters.  After Colorado Mountain College moved out of the school, the town leaders of Breckenridge knew they needed to get their hands on this gem. One of only two brick civic buildings in town, this Mission Revival school was unique in this former mining vernacular Victorian town. The question was: What to do with it?

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