Current Exhibition

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The Centennial State in 100 Objects

A hundred objects. A hundred portals to the past.

Presented by Colorado State University

This exhibition has 100 stories to tell. Zoom in on 100 powerful artifacts to see how Colorado became Colorado. Culled from the vast collections of History Colorado, every object on view had a role in shaping our state—from the age of the Paleoindians to Jack Swigert’s Apollo 13 flight suit and beyond.

You could never distill Colorado’s rich history into only 100 objects. But the ones we’ve selected, both ordinary and extraordinary, combine into a telling mosaic of the past—and, just maybe, a glimpse into our future.

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Zoom In John Denver Guitar

John Denver’s Special Edition Yamaha guitar

Zoom In Malted Milk Can

Coors Prohibition-era malted milk can

Zoom In Railroad Spike

Ceremonial silver railroad spike

Zoom In Pistols

Felipe Nerio and José Vincente Espinosa’s pistols

“The objects act as portals that open the doors to the stories of our past. We hope this overview sparks curiosity about our history and a desire to learn more.”

Steve Turner, Executive Director, History Colorado