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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I’m about to look in the window that Dad pointed out when my sister jumps back, screaming. There in the window, inside the replica of a trading post by the side of the road in the middle of nowhere at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, is a large black bear poised to attack! I’m immediately reminded of surprise snakebites delivered to pioneers while traveling through The Oregon Trail: Classic Edition computer game. My sister, age 5, was so scared she ran back to Dad, still screaming, the tail of her real raccoon-skin hat flying behind her. She’d picked up the hat from a reenactor playing Jim Bridger, the original host of the trading post and purveyor of items for people headed to Oregon City by way of the Oregon Trail. Sadly, she couldn’t keep the hat, but she still remembers the feeling of playing trader Jim; something that wasn’t conveyed while playing The Oregon Trail.
Colorado wouldn’t be the state it is today without the remarkable contributions of women. And, across the United States, women have benefitted from the pioneering spirit of their counterparts here in the Centennial State.
In honor of Women’s Equality Day on August 26, here are some fun facts about how Colorado has helped shape gender equality in the U.S. and the women who’ve blazed the trail for so many others.
Agriculture plays a central role in the history of Colorado. The families who've farmed and ranched in our state for over a century remind us that the story of our connection to this land continues to today. Through our Centennial Farms & Ranches program we recognize families like the Neallys, Karns, and Masons.
History Colorado is gathering and sharing memories that celebrate our state’s rich Hispano culture. Here, Larry Apodaca shares the fourth in our monthly series produced exclusively withThe Weekly Issue/El Semanario.
History Colorado está reuniendo y compartiendo recuerdos que celebran la rica cultura hispana de nuestro estado. Por favor, ¡envíenos su historia! Aquí, Larry Apodaca, comparte la cuarta historia de nuestra nueva serie mensual producida exclusivamente con "The Weekly Issue/El Semanario".
Every other year, History Colorado gives the Barbara Sudler Award for the best work of nonfiction on a western subject by a female author. Since we’ve begun reading the nominees for this year’s award, we took the opportunity to chat with the winner of the last round, Rachel McLean Sailor, an assistant professor of art history at the University of Wyoming and the author of Meaningful Places: Landscape Photographers in the Nineteenth-Century American West, published by the University of New Mexico Press. A shorter version of this interview appears in Colorado Heritage.
Baseball is timeless in its ability to unify players, fans, and communities. Stepping onto the field transforms ballplayers into comrades, united by the desire to win. In the same way, fans leave their day-to-day concerns at the admissions gate, finding commonality with others in the stands. Baseball stirs nostalgia. It offers participants—on and off the field—a feeling of home, of being a part of something greater. Baseball is springtime, peanuts and Cracker Jack, and good times. As America’s national pastime, baseball transforms people through opportunity and reminds them of the American Dream, of what it is to be an American.