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.
Visitors to our museums have the opportunity to see hundreds of historic objects that help tell hundreds of stories about Colorado’s past, present, and future. But how these objects get collected, organized, interpreted, and ultimately shared is a story that often goes untold.
This year, we posed the question to you: If you could ask a curator anything, what would you ask? What they do day-to-day? How they prepare objects for exhibit? Something else?
Now’s your chance to find out! We're excited to give you a peek at what goes on behind the scenes at our museums across the state.
The History Colorado Center’s exhibit Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects highlights the history of Colorado through the stories behind a hundred objects drawn mostly from the History Colorado collection. At the end of the exhibit, visitors are asked to fill out a card telling us what they think the 101st object should be. Through occasional blog posts—starting with this one—we’ll share visitors’ 101st object suggestions and how we’re responding to them.
History Colorado is gathering and sharing memories that celebrate our state’s rich Hispano culture. Here, Anthony Garcia shares the fifth in our monthly series produced exclusively withThe Weekly Issue/El Semanario.
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.