Mickey Mantle card showing

History Colorado Happenings - July 2018

Find out what’s happening at History Colorado Center as well as at our community museums in the coming months.


“Holy Grail” of Baseball Cards on View in Denver - July 16-18 (open until 9 p.m.)

Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the “Holy Grail” of baseball cards, a gem mint PSA 10 ‘52 Topps Mickey Mantle card. It is one of only three ‘52 Topps Mantle cards in the world with this rating, making it one of the rarest and most desirable baseball cards in existence! Tickets to see the 1952 Mickey Mantle card are included when you purchase a ticket for admission during July 16 - 18. The museum will stay open with extended hours until 9 p.m. these days to allow additional viewing. The card is part of the Marshall Fogel Collection of classic baseball artifacts currently being highlighted in the Play Ball! A Celebration of America’s Game exhibition.

Colorado Day - August 1 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

On August 1, 1876, President Grant made Colorado the “Centennial State” and every year we celebrate with free admission to all of our museums! At the History Colorado Center you can make adobe bricks, do make-and-take crafts, see actors and reenactors and watch dog tricks and performing pigs. At the Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House, we’ll have free guided tours once an hour on the half-hour from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.

History Hounds at Red Rocks Park - Sat July 7 -  9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Walk your dog and learn about history! History Colorado invites you and your friendly canine companion to join us for our walking tour series History Hounds: Walking Tours and Treks. We will take a dog-walking tour of the legendary Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre. We'll meet at the Trading Post and take the Trading Post Trail loop around the park, catching views of the amphitheatre, red rock formations, and the Front Range. Enjoy a fun hike with your canine friend while learning about the history of the best musical venue in the world.

Bikes and Big Wheels - Sat July 21 - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us for Bikes and Big Wheels where kids (and adults!) can speed through our Big Wheel racetrack, and saddle up for a Bicycle Rodeo to learn the skills to ride a bike safely! Vintage bikes, video games, and exhibit scavenger hunts will highlight the history and evolution of bicycle travel. Visitors are encouraged to bike to History Colorado Center, and children 17 and under will get free admission by showing their bike helmet at the front desk.

LEGO Building Workshops - Sat July 28 and/or August 18 - 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Build (and keep!) your own Colorado-style LEGO set, then take a special guided museum tour based on your creation! On July 28, we'll build the Lego Creator Blue Express Train Kit together, then tour the Railroad Depot in our Destination Colorado exhibit and take a look at our LEGOrado exhibit before it opens to the public. On August 18th we'll build the LEGO City Hot Dog Cart and Vendor Kit together, then tour our Play Ball! Exhibit before taking a look at our LEGOrado exhibit.


Check out this blog to find out more fun things for families to do at History Colorado this summer!



The Burroful Bonanza of 285: South Park and Fairplay - Sat July 28 8 a.m. - Sun July 29 6 p.m.

Connecting the metro area with the breathtaking scenery and rich history of Fairplay is Highway 285. It’s a corridor of change as the region draws more people. The highlight of our exploration will be the annual Burro Days, celebrating its 70th year. They race most everything they can think of—from burros and llamas to outhouses—while serving up food, crafts and fun. Between Fairplay and the Front Range, we’ll hunt up the history of the past and the developing stories of today, with stops in Conifer, Alma and Como. Includes bus transportation, one night’s lodging in Fairplay, guides, entrance fees and two meals, including a welcome dinner.

On Michener's Trail: Northeastern Colorado Trek - Fri Aug 3 8 a.m. - Sun Aug 5 7 p.m.

Join us for a unique celebration of author James Michener’s time in Colorado. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the TV miniseries Centennial, we’ll retrace Michener’s footsteps through Weld and Morgan Counties, visiting the places that inspired him to write the novel of the same name. An instructor at the forerunner of today’s University of Northern Colorado in the 1930s, Michener was compelled to return to Colorado in 1970 to write his seminal work on the history of our state. Join expert guides including Dr. Michael Welsh of UNC as we visit Keota, the Pawnee Buttes, Dearfield, Greeley and Fort Morgan.

Southern Colorado’s Scenic Byways: The Highway of Legends and Gold Belt - Thurs Aug 23 8 a.m. - Sat Aug 25 6 p.m.

We continue our journey along scenic and historic byways with two offerings: the Highway of Legends and the Gold Belt Scenic Byway. Around the Spanish Peaks, we’ll learn how Mother Nature’s violent past has created a memorable landscape. Near Cañon City, we’ll explore how gold transformed this quiet enclave. With visits to Walsenburg, Florence and Trinidad, ancient forest remnants in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and views to enrapture the eye, it’s a tour not to miss. Only 23 more byways to go!

City Farm to Table: A Denver Food Journey - Thurs Sept 6 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us for an examination of the history behind the locally grown food that’s reached our tables, both past and present. With us will be Blake Angelo, the City and County of Denver’s Manager of Food System Development. We’ll tour a modern city farm and have a presentation on how Denver is managing our food future. Before seeing some of the historic sites that fed us in the past, there’ll be lunch at one of the city’s dynamic new interpretations of “eating together.” It’s a day for the practicalities and joys of food. Bon appétit!


Collecting America’s Pastime: A Passion for Baseball - Mon July 16 - 1 – 2 p.m. & 7 – 8 p.m.

History Colorado’s new Play Ball! exhibition showcases one of the greatest sets of baseball artifacts ever assembled. Why are Americans so fascinated by this sport, and why do we call it our national pastime? Marshall Fogel, owner of the collection, explores the history and legacy of baseball and shares the stories behind some of the artifacts on view. Gain insight into how to turn a passion into a collection—and maybe even sending that collection to a museum someday!

Baseball's Long & Winding Road to the Rockies - Mon July 23 - 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

A panel of Denver's top baseball experts share stories of how Major League Baseball came to our state—in the form of the Colorado Rockies and Coors Field. Panelists include Roger Kinney, former director of the Colorado Baseball Commission and former executive director of the Rockies Baseball Club Foundation and Charity Fund; Greg Petty, University of Denver instructor and board member of the Rocky Mountain Society of American Baseball Research; and Irv Moss, longtime sportswriter for The Denver Post. They'll describe how, after thirty years, Denver finally convinced MLB that the Mile High City would have enough good weather, fan support, acceptable ownership, and the necessary funds to build a baseball-only stadium to support a team.

The Light Shines from the West: A Western Perspective on the Growth of America - Mon Aug 13 1-2 p.m.

What's special about the West? And how does the imaginary West of John Wayne and Zane Grey differ from the real world of the land, business, writers, artists, and conservationists? Longtime Colorado publisher Bob Baron addresses the innovations that shaped Colorado and the West from Jefferson’s election in 1800 to today. His groundbreaking book shines a light on stories and places integral to the development of America. For the last century and especially after World War II, Colorado and the West have been areas of growth in job creation, technology innovation, political ideas, medicine, public lands, the arts, and quality of life.

25 Years of Colorado Rockies - Sat Aug 25 8-10 a.m.

This season, Colorado celebrates 25 years of Rockies baseball. Join us for breakfast and an intimate discussion of what it took to bring Major League Baseball to our state—from the creation of the Colorado Baseball Commission and the Metropolitan Stadium Authority to the development of a major league operation. Program host and former Rockies Club Historian Paul Parker will share stories of his 25 years in the organization as he’s joined by Colorado baseball’s key players, including Kathi Williams and Roger Kinney, who’ll share their own remembrances of the team that calls LoDo home.

Putting a Five-Story Building Through a Mountain: How a Tunnel Transformed Colorado - Mon Aug 27 1-2 p.m.

Located near the geographic center of Colorado, the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnels extend 1.7 miles beneath the Continental Divide. Cars disappear into one portal and emerge in less than five minutes—and their drivers are more likely to notice vastly different weather conditions on the other side than to think about the political, financial, engineering, and muscle power that made the tunnels happen. Planning and construction spanned four decades starting in the 1930s, when the State Highway Department was barely into its second decade and the country was in the midst of a Great Depression. When the first of the tunnels—originally called Straight Creek—opened in 1973, it marked a turning point for the highway department and helped shape Colorado’s identity as a western state. See historic images from the CDOT photo collection as you take a trip through the growth of Colorado’s early road system, the state highway department, and our interstate highways.


Family History Resources - Sat July 14 - 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Use our Hart Research Library to research your family's history. History Colorado's research collections have a wealth of materials for visitors interested in their Colorado roots. Join our reference librarians to explore our family history resources in a program designed for genealogists of all experience levels.


Historical Craft Society: Bike Repair & Bicycling Women at Center for Colorado Women's History at Byers-Evans House - Sat July 14 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

For women at the turn of the twentieth century, bicycling meant self-reliant travel and changes in clothing styles. And, as Susan B. Anthony famously said, “It has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” Join Bikes Together at the Center for Colorado Women’s History for the hands-on “craft” of bike repair while learning how bikes transformed women's lives.

Women’s History Lecture: Women in Baseball at Center for Colorado Women's History at Byers-Evans House - Sat July 28 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

From umpires to owners, women have influenced our national pastime. Dr. Meg Frisbee explores women's participation in baseball both on and off the field from the 1800s through today. The author of Counterpunch: The Cultural Battles over Heavyweight Prizefighting in the American West, Frisbee is an associate professor of history at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Opening Reception: How We Play Ball! at Trinidad History Museum - Sat July 7 5-8 p.m.

The Bloom Mansion's first-ever temporary exhibit opens to honor the baseball heritage of Trinidad! The exhibit looks at baseball in the coal camps and the trolley leagues, then moves forward in time to celebrate the Trinidad State Junior College Trojans, the Trinidad Miners and the Triggers. Come have fun and learn a little during the Pecos League All-Star Game!


Looking for more? Check out our online events calendar and Explore program pamphlet


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