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History Colorado's collection includes a wide array of artifacts reflecting more than 12,000 years of human presence in Colorado and the region. Collections include such diverse objects as furniture, gold coins, mining equipment, paintings, horse-drawn buggies, firearms, prints, toys, textiles, clothing, and the 10th Mountain Division, New Deal, and Mesa Verde collections.

History Colorado holds thousands of items in trust for the people of Colorado as a means of documenting and interpreting the state's history. Curators assume responsibility for the review and selection of materials, research, care, and interpretation of the nearly 200,000 artifacts in the History Colorado Collection.

Are you curious about an artifact from the History Colorado Collection, or do you have a question for a curator? Contact the curatorial staff at