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.
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.
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.
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.
History Colorado endeavors to share its collections with all audiences, young and old, distant and near, in person and digitally. As the Exhibits and Loan Registrar, I help facilitate object lending to other institutions throughout the state and the nation. Recently, we made an exciting loan of objects to the San Juan Historical Society in Silverton with the help of fourth and fifth graders from Silverton Elementary. The items on loan are on view through October 2018.
Hispano and Latino Coloradans have long used murals as a way to celebrate and share culture. Murals that have captured this culture and its change over time are currently under threat due to rapid urban development as well as the natural wear and tear that comes with outdoor spaces.