History Colorado’s quarterly magazine brings the drama and variety of Colorado’s past to your door through richly illustrated stories that link history to art, architecture, sports, music, technology, archaeology, and folklore. Our authors are historians, professional writers, and students as well as everyday readers who’ve landed on a story to tell—whether from their family’s own past or simply a passion they’ve pursued.
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In honor of the History Colorado Center exhibition Play Ball! A Celebration of America's Game, enjoy an issue's worth of Colorado baseball's storied past. In the cover story, Senior Curator Alisa DiGiacomo shares rare photos of the state's early amateur and semi-pro teams, many of the images from the collection of preeminent baseball historian Jay Sanford. In other stories, meet the women who barnstormed the state in "Bloomer Girls" teams, and learn how History Colorado is collecting the memories and memorabilia of those who brought major league ball to our state.
The Denver Broncos made their first Super Bowl appearance in 1978 and, as author Keith Valdez writes, it was Head Coach Red Miller who drove the team to legitimacy. Also in this issue, a friendly softball league brings a bit of fun to the prairie during the Dust Bowl. Coors Field opens in Denver, and a photographer captures one of those first games of 1995. And a one-of-a-kind historical document—the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo—makes its way from the National Archives to El Pueblo History Museum as part of an exhibit about Colorado's southern borderlands.
Walt Conley launched his career in the 1950s as one of Colorado's first performers of the folk revival—and saw that revival from the perspective of an African American man in a largely white scene. Another black pioneer, Azalia Smith Hackley temporarily set aside a burgeoning career as a musician and educator to make inroads into the predominantly white male world of journalism. And, get a look inside the thinking behind the latest History Colorado Center exhibition, Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects.
When Denver needed entertainers, Arthur and Hazel Oberfelder brought them to town and treated them right. A historian reflects on his Irish American roots and the mysteries inside a remote mountain cemetery. And, with postwar prosperity in Denver came bungalows and ranch homes, cul-de-sacs and car culture.
Ireland's Great Famine spurred immigration to the United States, including the mining camps of Colorado. In a second feature, the Irish make their mark on Denver's civic and religious life—and face waves of organized intolerance. And, two twentieth-century photographers aim their lenses at less-considered aspects of Colorado.
Hattie McDaniel grew up in Denver and toured as a vocalist with George Morrison's jazz orchestra, then went on to a career as a groundbreaking African American Oscar winner. In 1917, a mine inspector accidentally triggered an explosion in southern Colorado's Hastings mine, resulting in the deaths of 121 men in Colorado's worst mine disaster ever. And, a set of Denver & Rio Grande Railroad dining car china evokes a time of rolling restaurants and elegant meals.