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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Prior to gaining statehood in 1876, southern Colorado was home to a number of important trading outposts. These forts played a crucial role in the development of the Southwest before the annexation of the region by the United States. Throughout the early nineteenth century, the Southwest was a meeting ground of diverse nations and cultures, including a variety of American Indian tribes, as well as Spanish and French traders.
While many people associate this era of the American West with rugged mountain men, women were also critical to the development of the region. In many cases, women took on a diplomatic role, ensuring peaceful and prosperous trading relationships between Europeans and Indian tribes.
A neighborhood is more than just a location or a group of houses. It is a collection of people, each with their own unique experiences and recollections, who together form something greater. The collective memory of a community can be a powerful thing and it can tell important stories. Family, work, school, sports, church, and community are all recorded together in written, visual, and oral form. That is why El Pueblo History Museum is proud to host a variety of memory projects.
Our Colorado’s Reel History blog series showcases some of the many newspapers in our collection. This month we feature The Chronicle-News, the Trinidad newspaper that once employed Ina Eloise Young, the first American woman sports editor.
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.