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.
Learn more here about the top ten nominations for the years 2013-2017. Details about submissions for 2018 coming soon!
Oeškeso (pronounced ōsh-kiss), a Cheyenne word for dog, inspired the name for the archaeological site at which the Oeškeso zoomorphic or animal effigy was recovered. The figure is characterized as a canine, although it could represent another animal prized by prehistoric plains inhabitants such as a deer, antelope or rabbit. It measures one and one-half inch in height, and is made of reddish brown fired ceramic. It has not been determined whether the Oeškeso effigy was a ceremonial object perhaps related to hunting, a child’s toy, or was intended for some other purpose.
This eight-by-five foot oil painting dominates the Ouray County Museum's Walsh Room. Judging from photographs, the 1925 painting is a fairly realistic, albeit flattering, likeness of Evalyn at age 39. She stands between her two young sons. Evalyn, in a diaphanous lavender dress and satin slippers, is "dressed down" for the occasion, wearing a single long strand of pearls in lieu of her customary diamonds. The mantel in the background suggests the painting was done at the McLeans' mansion in Washington D.C..
Onlooker is important as it represents a dichotomy in American socio-political logic during the Second World War. While interned, Japanese-Americans were offered many of the trappings and services available to them prior to internment. However, the fact remains that they were prisoners. Onlooker is much like any other high school year book, but its myraid faces are those of persons that fell victim to grim circumstance.
This 2.5’ by 3.5’ poster, “The Plutonium Chemist’s Periodic Table,” is printed on ½” cardboard and was created during Dow Chemical’s contract with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission to run the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Production facility north of Golden Colorado. The content was compiled by J.M. Cleveland, an employee of the U.S. Atomic Commission, and the unique artwork was done by T.G. Gray.
Protest flier by the organization American Disabled for Accessible Public Transit (ADAPT), 1983. This flier invited “wheelchair users from every state whose dream is a totally accessible bus system” to take a stand against the American Public Transit Association during their national convention held in Denver during October 1983. The flier described the protests as a “chance to demand our right to board every public bus in the nation” and encouraged picketing, rallies, demonstrations, and “wild parties” to disrupt the conference, which was attended by Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole, Vice President George Bush and Presidential Candidate Gary Hart.
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.
The Circle Route Stagecoach was called a celerity ‘Mud Wagon” which was a type of Concord stagecoach designed for mountainous or difficult terrain. The name “mud wagon” comes from the fact that the roads it was used on were often muddy. Abbot-Downing and M.P. Henderson Company of Concord, New Hampshire, manufactured this ‘Mud Wagon’ Stagecoach for the light weight design, along with exterior framing, iron rockers and leather thorough braces. With the featured reinforced undercarriage and lighter body. It weight approximately 2500 pounds, it is 8 ½ feet tall and long, and is a narrow 5 foot width.