Entrance to Colorado Stories Exhibit

Core Exhibition

Colorado Stories

From the mountains to the plains to the plateaus, Colorado’s people are as diverse as the places they call home. 

Colorado Stories is a community-based suite of exhibits with media- and artifact-rich galleries exploring the many ways Coloradans have created community. 

Be sure to check out our related online exhibits too!

El Movimiento

In the 1960s and ’70s, Chicano activists fought to end discrimination, secure rights, and gain political and social power through education, culture, and the arts. El Movimiento uses artifacts, photos, archival video footage, and the activists’ own voices to tell about the struggle for labor rights, student activism, the Vietnam War, and more. Community advisers from across the state created El Movimiento with our staff.

Mountain Haven: Lincoln Hills, 1925–1965

Coloradans love the outdoors. But African Americans were once barred from leisure opportunities most whites took for granted. Explore a Rocky Mountain haven where African Americans could hike, fish, and camp—and leave discrimination behind.

Flip through our Lincoln Hills photo album.

Jumping for Joy: Steamboat Springs, 1915

Mountain men, mail carriers, and miners ranged the Rockies on skis. Pretty soon, people figured out skiing was fun! Norwegian ski champion Carl Howelsen taught Steamboat’s children to fly. Now it’s your turn to make the leap!

Convergence: Bent’s Fort, 1833–1849

Weary Santa Fe Trail travelers cheered when they saw the adobe “Castle on the Plains”—a marketplace like no other. Explore this outpost of trade on Colorado’s Plains through a touch table and archaeological artifacts.

Top of the World: A Silverton Silver Mine, around 1880

Hard-rock mining is hard! In Silverton, miners were mountaineers, gouging ore out of deep snow and steep granite slopes. Do you have what it takes? The shift boss is hiring!

Confined Citizens: The Amache-Granada Relocation Center, 1942–1945

After Pearl Harbor, 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans were forced into internment camps—including one in Colorado called “Amache.” Half of Colorado’s newly imprisoned population were children. Two-thirds were American citizens. None was accused of a crime.

Boomtown: Denver, 1860

Our Denver Diorama broke new ground in the 1930s, making History Colorado the first organization in the nation to deploy federal relief funds for projects that employed historians, artists, architects, and craftspeople. Today it continues to depict in detail the emerging town of Denver as it looked in 1860. It features 350 miniature structures: cabins, frame and brick buildings, tents, bridges, outhouses, saloons, hotels, theaters, and an encampment of Arapaho people.

Click here to learn more about We Are Colorado, our initiative celebrating the diverse communities of Colorado's history and future.

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As I weave I remember: Each strand and color contributes to make the whole pattern, the whole pouch. Each unique person contributes to make the whole community, the whole family.