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.
Shaped by the country they left behind, Italian immigrants made their way to Colorado in the late 1850s, spurred by the mining boom. They faced discrimination, challenges and often lived in segregated communities. Still, they persevered and prospered, making an impact on the communities they were becoming a part of.
Today Colorado’s Italian American community is experiencing a revival, with members committed to preserving their history.
From its beginnings as an unruly mining town, Denver was described as “most lively...in any and all kinds of wickedness.” The writer, prospector William Hedges, went on to doubt that there was ever “a place on this continent where a greater amount of evil to the square acre was so spontaneously and openly developed” (quoted in Clark Secrest’s Hell’s Belles). Wickedness ran rampant no more openly than on Market Street, nee Holladay Street, nee McGaa Street. Denver’s notorious vice district, known as The Row, teemed with opulent parlor houses, maisons de joie, common brothels, dancehalls, hurdy gurdy houses, and lowly cribs.
Here we offer a tour of “Hell’s Swift Alley" that you can take by way of reading or by walking to the designated (or approximate) locations.
Starting this year, the Trinidad History Museum is hosting a Creatives in Residence program for artists from around the country to have the opportunity to create and share their talent with the southern Colorado community. The first Creative in Residence was painter Leigh Ann Elliott, selected earlier this year. The latest is Amanda Palmer, whose residency was announced in August and began in September.
As anyone who’s visited Colorado Springs can tell you, Pikes Peak is an amazing sight to behold. The 14,115-foot summit rises over the plains with a sort of ancient majesty. It predates humanity by millions of years, and was here long before anyone first settled the region. For centuries and even millennia, it’s been recognized by people of all cultures as one of the most striking landmarks in Colorado. Everyone has had their own name for it, each trying to capture the beauty and splendor of the peak.
Colorado teachers tell us all the time that they want more opportunities to teach Colorado students about American Indian history. We love that we can tell them that we have plenty of ideas about how they can do that!
Here are twelve of them, one for each month of the year—because Native American heritage deserves to be recognized all year long.
There are over 10,500 artifacts in History Colorado’s historical archaeology collection, representing a variety of artifact types that provide insight into life during the state’s early settlement. The artifacts are from more than twenty significant sites—such as historic houses, stage stations, and fortified strongholds. Funding from the Statewide Internet Portal Authority recently made records for the historical artifacts available digitally via the online portal here.
History Colorado is gathering and sharing memories that celebrate our state’s rich Hispano culture. Here, Lily Griego shares the seventh in our monthly series produced exclusively withThe Weekly Issue/El Semanario.