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.
Like many of you out there, the Curatorial Services and Collections Access team is at home sharing our workspaces with some new “coworkers.” In honor of National Pet Day, we thought we’d feature some of our newest “recruits”!
On the cold morning of January 13, 1925, Mary Cronin—along with thousands of other Denverites—awoke to a grim headline in the Rocky Mountain News: “Agnes Vaille Freezes on Longs Peak.” Newspapers across the state were reporting the same story. The famed mountaineer had died the day before after being trapped on the east face of Longs Peak during a surprise snowstorm.
It had been the first successful winter ascent of that face of the treacherous mountain, but Vaille never made it back down.
Agnes Vaille had been a popular figure in Denver society and a well-known member of the Colorado Mountain Club. But while all of Colorado mourned the loss of this intrepid adventurer, Mary Cronin set out with a new determination to finish what her friend had begun: to become the first woman to climb all of Colorado’s fourteeners.
This essay is the Best Undergraduate Essay winner in the 2019 Emerging Historians Award. Additional awards went to Jacob Swisher from Colorado State University, Best Overall Essay winner for “Were They Mexicans or Coloradans? Constructing Race and Identity at the Colorado–New Mexico Border,” and Don Unger from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Best Graduate Essay winner for “Historical Perspectives of the World’s Greatest Gold Camp.”
The Emerging Historians Award is a program of History Colorado’s State Historian’s Council. Find all three essays and details of the 2020 award round—with a submission deadline of June 1.
In recent decades, oral history has become an international movement in research- and it shows no sign of stopping. Museum exhibits and online archives highlight these recorded stories of individuals from around the world, telling their stories as they remember them, with little guidance or interruption from an interviewer or historian.
But why? What makes them different from traditional forms of research? What makes them so potent and powerful?
This essay is the Best Overall Essay winner in the 2019 Emerging Historians Award. Additional awards went to Don Unger from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Best Graduate Essay winner for “Historical Perspectives of the World’s Greatest Gold Camp,” and Saya “Ted” Richthofen of Metropolitan State University of Denver, Best Undergraduate Essay winner for “Openly and with Gusto: How Women Moonshiners Led to Denver’s First Female Cop.”
The Emerging Historians Award is a program of History Colorado’s State Historian’s Council. Find all three essays and details of the 2020 award round—with a submission deadline of June 1—at HistoryColorado.org/emerging-historians-award.
There are countless examples of African Americans who left their mark on every stage of history, despite societal and cultural obstacles in the way. However, their stories are often not told or represented either during their lifetime or after. One who defied all constraints of the time and whose name became famous nationwide both during his lifetime and long after his death was James P. Beckwourth.