History Colorado staff and other writers chronicle the latest preservation success stories, share new perspectives on the past, and peer behind the scenes into the care and documentation of our collections. Read on to learn about how rare collections of historic artifacts and photographs are stored, cared for, and put on view. Find out what Colorado communities are doing to preserve their past for future generations. And, read in-depth histories of Colorado people and events of the past that still matter to us today.
In our Do you know this place? blog series, we quiz you on what you might know about these places and then tell you what makes them unique. The place we’re featuring this month represents an important piece of history.
In 1915, my great grandmother Bettina Trapaglia immigrated to the United States from Italy. On the ship’s manifest, archived in the records at Ellis Island, she listed her destination as: Elm Street, Pueblo, Colorado. The Elm Street neighborhood was home to many Italian immigrants.
We've had numerous exhibits over the 140 years we've been serving Colorado, but none have been quite like the one that opened last month. Written on the Land: Ute Voices, Ute History tells the stories of Colorado’s longest continuous residents from the perspectives and in the voices of today’s Ute people. Bringing this exhibit to life took years of direct conversations and numerous face to face consultations with thirty members of the three Ute tribes.
Cold or snowy days might keep us inside or in town, but you can still stave off cabin fever with some adventure in your hometown. Enjoy a staycation (or take a vacation to the city) and discover the beauty and history of Denver in winter!
Here are some suggestions for how to spend a fun-filled weekend or a leisurely several days exploring Denver’s past.
Ashley St. Lawrence is the newest artist to participate in the Trinidad History Museum’s new Creatives in Residence program. This program, an initiative we began only last year, provides the opportunity for artists from around the country to come to Trinidad and experience the local southern Colorado culture and share their art with the community. St. Lawrence’s tenure at the museum began in December, and she’ll remain in Trinidad for several months, practicing her craft and sharing her knowledge and experiences. She was kind enough to answer a few questions about herself and her art for us.