On our blog, Forward, 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.
Lunch most days is an assault on the senses. Crumpled hamburger wrappers, your vehicle creeping toward the squawk of a broken speaker box in the drive through, and when it is all over the uncomfortable sense of “Did I just eat that?” Not that long ago, lunch was pleasant, the conversation was polite, and well-manicured ladies who went downtown to shop made time to have a little something during the middle of the day. For most of the last century, the first step toward a few moments of civilized serenity began with an elevator ride to the top floor of the Denver Dry Goods department store at the corner of 16th and California.
Judith Stalnaker grew tired of listening to unsubstantiated rumors that famous, wealthy people used to live in her condo building fifty years ago. So she decided to see if there was any evidence to back up the claims. Come along as this five-part series reveals the exciting, incredible information she found.
This summer two new buildings were added to the State Register of Historic Properties that tell the stories of two notable Coloradans with very different, but equally fascinating, backgrounds that led them to esteem designing buildings in Greeley and Denver, respectively. In addition, the Downtown Loveland Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places. This exciting new listing honors the agricultural and economic heritage of a small railroad community that grew into a commercial center.
This beautiful miniature Ute cradleboard (E.1894.178) was undoubtedly made for use as a toy, but most likely it had a second purpose -- so that a young girl could learn about child care. It is one of many in the History Colorado collection. This one was made by Chipeta around 1915. She gave it to a friend, who ultimately donated it to History Colorado. Chipeta was the wife of Chief Ouray, one important Ute leader in the 1800s, and a leader herself.
Everyone who has been to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, can probably agree with me when I say I feel a mixture of love, fascination, tranquility, and exhilaration when I’m there. Perhaps it is because of the music, the view, the vibe, and of course, the red rocks themselves that surround the amphitheater, which both Red Rocks Park and Colorado are named after. If you haven't been to Red Rocks, you must go! It is a fun adventure, guaranteed, as well as a remarkable symbol of not just Colorado's history, but of U.S. history, too.