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.
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The 1960s and ’70s were a period of widespread activism, from the African American Civil Rights movement to the antiwar movement. The Chicano movement, or El Movimiento, was born out of this nationwide desire for change, and Chicano/a activists in Colorado were at the cutting edge of the movement.
Community collaboration holds the power to make history engaging and relevant. It also can bring diverse people together to ensure the long-term care and preservation of our collective history and heritage.
The history of the impact women have made in the state of Colorado is extensive. Too often, their accomplishments incited little fanfare at the time. By revisiting these overlooked triumphs, we take an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Colorado women as well as the communities they helped shape.
We can discover inspirational stories in the places that showcase how Colorado is special. In our Do you know this place? blog series, we quiz you on what you might know about these places and then reveal what makes them unique. This month we quiz you on a place that women played a prominent role in creating and maintaining for generations of Coloradans.
Starting in 1883, the Byers-Evans House was home to several inspiring Colorado women whose lasting impact is still felt today. Explore this timeline to hear the stories of the many women who lived and worked in the home and how they influenced Denver's early history.
We’re starting a new blog series called Colorado's Reel History to showcase some of the many newspapers in our collection. This month we feature the Statesman/Denver Star, a weekly paper founded in 1888 that served African American communities in the Rocky Mountain West. Check out some of the headlines in the slideshow below, then read on for more information about the influence this paper had on the community it served.
In light of Black History Month and the ongoing struggle for racial equality, it seems fitting to explore Denver’s rich history of African American activism. Although Denver is not commonly associated with civil rights activism, black Coloradans have long been active participants in the struggle against racial oppression. This was no less true during the first half of the twentieth century.
It’s hard to believe that seventeen years have passed since History Colorado launched its Italian community documentation project. Guided by the History Colorado Collection Plan, the leaders of this initiative collaborated with the Italian American community statewide, aiming to better represent that community in History Colorado’s permanent collection. As an early immigrant group in Colorado, Italians brought their culture, traditions, and skills to our state—playing a major role in the businesses that supported a growing population while providing labor needed for the development of the railroad, mining, and agriculture in the place we call home.
Since our nation’s bicentennial in 1976, Americans have recalled and honored the often-overlooked stories and experiences of black Americans during African American History Month. Those looking to discover and celebrate these stories need only explore Colorado’s special places.