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.
The processing of the Aultman Studio Collection at History Colorado is still underway! However, I had to pause this week, as I had a bit of a mystery on my hands. It all started with an Aultman Studio portrait that depicts a steely-eyed man wearing an embroidered buckskin coat. According to the Aultman Studio Register, this formidable looking man is none other than Christopher “Kit” Carson II, son of the famous frontiersman Kit Carson.
It’s that time of year when first-day-of-school posts are everywhere and fall is in the air. Halloween books are already on display at the library. In celebration of the start of school, it’s also time to celebrate Colorado’s many beautiful, historic schools listed in the National Register of Historic Places and State Register of Historic Properties.
The Friends of Crossan’s M&A Market in Yampa held its third annual Call of the Wild Auction on Saturday, July 30, raising an amazing $31,000 for the rehabilitation of the historic market. Anne McCleave of the State Historical Fund attended to show History Colorado’s support for historic preservation in Yampa.
History Colorado intern, University of Colorado-Denver student, and Koch Fellow Kirby Page-Schmit sat down with Chris Johnston, the new Assistant State Archaeologist, to ask him about his life, work, and plans for his new job.
History Colorado has actively pursued the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, or NAGPRA, since the passage of the law in 1990. By developing strong relationships with tribes, museums and government agencies across and beyond Colorado, we’ve been able to repatriate—or rebury on tribal lands—854 individuals and 2,108 associated funerary objects. (Note that "individual" can refer to part or all of a human's remains.)
How can you get involved with historic preservation? You don't need a degree in historic preservation or be an architect to get involved. In fact, much of the work of preservation is often done by passionate volunteers who advocate for the historic resources in their own communities.
We’re all familiar with the cliché, “It’s in the bag.” We interpret it to mean that something is sure to happen. But a new take on it appears in Your Future is in the Bag, the autobiography of Denver-area entrepreneur Trisha Flueger Hood, who created and operated Tree Saver, Inc.
What does preservation mean, exactly? Many people might associate the term with environmental preservation or conservation. For others however, the word is primarily used in the context of historic preservation, which is the act of physically preserving and protecting historic buildings, landscapes, and other sites, for the purposes of education and interpretation, cultural enrichment, and public benefit.