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
Series Announcement: InSights & InPerson
The Curatorial Services and Collections Access team invite you to the first InSights & InPerson series event. Hear in person from people making history matter. Every month, historians present insights into their work, with audience participation and dialogue encouraged. This month, meet Italian historian and filmmaker Paolo Battaglia, who in 2014 traveled to fifteen American cities—including Denver—to interview residents of active Italian American communities. Watch Battaglia's documentary, featuring clips of his interviews, and stay for conversation.
Free, RSVP online, see the Event page for dates and times, or call 303-866-2306.
Items on view for a limited time:
Powder Horn (Object ID: WR.1860.1)
(Member’s Lounge, 4th Floor, History Colorado Center)
Photo of the Month
Wildflowers of Colorado, Print of Autochrome by Clark Blickensderfer (Object ID: 87.558.729)
(Hall by Stephen H. Hart Research Center, 2nd Floor, History Colorado Center)
Pop-Up Artifact Exhibit
Amendment 2 in Colorado
(11-3 pm, Wed. through Sat., Stephen H. Hart Research Center, 2nd Floor, History Colorado Center)
Items related to NASA’s Apollo Missions
(Window in Zoom In exhibit, 3rd Floor, History Colorado Center)
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)
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.
Baseball is timeless in its ability to unify players, fans, and communities. Stepping onto the field transforms ballplayers into comrades, united by the desire to win. In the same way, fans leave their day-to-day concerns at the admissions gate, finding commonality with others in the stands. Baseball stirs nostalgia. It offers participants—on and off the field—a feeling of home, of being a part of something greater. Baseball is springtime, peanuts and Cracker Jack, and good times. As America’s national pastime, baseball transforms people through opportunity and reminds them of the American Dream, of what it is to be an American.
History Colorado endeavors to share its collections with all audiences, young and old, distant and near, in person and digitally. As the Exhibits and Loan Registrar, I help facilitate object lending to other institutions throughout the state and the nation. Recently, we made an exciting loan of objects to the San Juan Historical Society in Silverton with the help of fourth and fifth graders from Silverton Elementary. The items on loan are on view through October 2018.
You may have seen them, with their distinctive blue and white images, but did you ever want to know more about cyanotypes? Come with me on a brief journey to learn more about this unique photographic process!
Have you ever been driving through Colorado, or even looking at a map, and hit upon a location that made you think, "Huh, I wonder how that place got its name"? Colorado has a rich array of place names drawn from several languages, cultures, and aspects of history, and there are some great resources out there for learning what put the cripple in Cripple Creek or who came up with a name like Mount Sneffels.