History Colorado's incomparable collections—from books and manuscripts to artifacts and photographs—encapsulate the rich history of this state and help us understand the present in the context of the past.
Photographs from Our Collection
Curator is in
Have you ever wondered what kind of treasures are behind the scenes at the museum? Do you want to know more about how something goes from your basement to an exhibit at the museum? Want to know what's new with the History Colorado collection? Meet curators and other Curatorial Services and Collections Access staff at the History Colorado Center on the second Monday of each month to chat and answer questions.
(11-2 pm, 2nd Mon. of each month, 2nd Floor, History Colorado Center)
Items on view for a limited time:
Photo of the Month: An Otherworldly View
“Pikes Peak with clouds and railroad tracks” by Harry H. Buckwalter (Object ID: 90.156.1451)
(Hall by Stephen H. Hart Research Center, 2nd Floor, History Colorado Center)
Pop-Up Artifact Exhibit
Strange & Wonderful Finds from the CWA Newspaper Index
(10-4 pm, Tues. through Sat., Stephen H. Hart Research Center, 2nd Floor, History Colorado Center)
Hand Print Pictographs from the San Juan Region, near Monticello, Utah (James Mellinger Estate, Object ID: O.8146.1)
(Window in Zoom In exhibit, 3rd Floor, History Colorado Center)
You can extend the life of your family’s papers, photographs, and heirlooms by following basic guidelines for care and storage. Here are some sources for more information on how to care for your collections.
It’s that time of year again. Time to dust off those favorite holiday recipes—the ones you only make once a year. Maybe it’s Grandma Ferguson’s sticky buns or Great Aunt Ethel’s sugar cookies. But maybe you’re the type to seek out a new recipe every year. I fall somewhere in the middle. I have some personal family favorites passed down through generations but I’m always looking for new recipes. As luck would have it, I recently came across an eggnog recipe in History Colorado’s collection (Photo: Eva Dennis's cookbook, R.25.2009).
Leading up to the November opening of Living West, collections and curatorial staff made sure many of History Colorado’s most treasured artifacts were ready for display. Several pieces from our world-class Mesa Verde collection are now on view, including ceramics and basketry that are more than 500 years old. Artifacts may require repairs, cleaning, or other treatments to be safe and look their best for exhibit, so checking item conditions is a crucial part of the process. We must also compare conditions before and after the exhibit to make sure items are not harmed as a result of being on display.
In 1990, when the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) was passed, the Act required museums to compile and report summaries of unassociated funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony by November 16, 1993 to potentially affiliated tribes and the National Park Service (NPS).
You probably know that exhibitions are a major educational function of History Colorado. You might also be aware that exhibits help to develop community partnerships, but did you know that exhibits also help to build and strengthen History Colorado's collections?