The Colorado's Most Significant Artifacts program highlights the importance of historic and cultural heritage and honors and recognizes all the organizations in Colorado that care for and preserve photographs, documents, rare books and manuscripts, audio recordings, film, digital materials, art, and historic, archaeological and natural science specimens.
Stay tuned for 2020's call for nominations in late spring 2020.
A burlap flour sack, 24 inches by 40 inches, used to ship flour to Europe during World War I. Printed on the sack is: “Colorado’s Flour, Donation to Belgian Non-Combatants, Funds Secured by Denver News and Times, War Relief Donation, American Consul, Flour Manufactured by the Longmont Farmers M&E [Milling and Elevator] Company, Longmont Colorado U.S.A.” Longmont Museum object ID A.009.020. This object will be on exhibit from February 2 to May 13, 2018, as part of “WWI: Longmont & the Great War” at the Longmont Museum.
This denim “hippie” skirt is made from a pair of jeans and adorned with patchwork of various fabrics. Elainya Rainbow (born Eleyn Jones) created the skirt around the same time she moved from Detroit to Boulder in 1967. Elainya was an accomplished seamstress and clothing designer, and was involved in the early outdoor gear and clothing industry - working for companies such as Lowe Alpine and Boulder-based Hine Snowbridge. She was also an early Greenpeace activist.
Dr. Justina L. Warren Ford’s medical bag is made of heavy black leather with two sturdy handles, a zippered top, and four small feet. The handles are held to the bag with four bullet-shaped tabs and heavy D-rings. Tabs and other parts are stitched in white.
Niwot's 1910 Fire Cart is made of galvanized steel with cast-iron yokes clamped around the top and middle of the tank. The two cast iron wheels measure 50-inches in diameter. This cart is a factory floor model, not intended to be used outdoors and designed to be pulled by hand, not by draft animals. The front panel on the tank reads that it is a "Buffalo No.21 Soda and Acid Chemical Fire Engine" made in Buffalo, NY, USA. Instructions to charge the mixture and maintenance are stamped on a 13"x11" brass plaque on the cart.
The artifact is a sheet of letterhead stationery illustration a dam at Wagon Wheel Gap, near Creede, in the San Luis Valley. The sponsoring agency is the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District, headquartered in Alamosa, Colorado.
Miss Yokohama is Colorado's Japanese Friendship Doll. This artisan doll arrived in San Francisco in 1927 with 57 of her sisters. Following their reception in San Francisco, the dolls toured the US and then found homes in appropriate institutions in each state. She is one of only 7 dolls created by the Ohki Heizo (Maruhei) Doll Company in Kyoto. She is 81cm tall and is constructed of wood, gofun (a mixture of powdered oyster shells and glue coating the wood to creates a skin-like sheen and texture), human hair, glass eyes. She wears a yuzen dyed kimono with furosode sleeves.
Originally used by the Littleton Volunteer Fire Department, this red-painted wooden hose cart is the first piece of firefighting equipment purchased by the town of Littleton. The cart is comprised of two spoked wheels, a T-shaped handle, and a spool to wind hose around. This cart aided the volunteers, who acted as the city’s main fire defense. Teams of volunteers dragged these carts holding hoses and leather buckets to each fire. Related items in the Littleton Museum’s collection include the cart’s original bill of sale to the department, the original nozzle, and a wooden hose clamp.