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.
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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.
Sitting deep in southern Colorado, the former mining town of Starkville—like so many other mining communities—has seen its share of booms and busts. Although the town is far smaller than it was during its once-lively and industrious mining period, the people of Starkville see their past as something worth preserving. They recently formed a CLG—a Certified Local Government—to help them preserve the town’s remaining historic buildings.
In honor of African American History Month, we are excited to share some original photographs of Colorado’s influential black pioneers. Culling from the museum’s extensive photography collection, each week we’ll post a photograph on social media, accompanied by a blog post about that pioneer’s life and achievements.
We’ll highlight four African American pioneers who, like so many settlers who made the journey westward, overcame significant obstacles in creating a life in Colorado. Hailing from different eras and a range of professions, each left indelible impressions on history and their environs. Despite their differences, they share a core set of characteristics: fearless vision, unbreakable resolve, and a tenacious determination to achieve one’s goals. As a result, their contributions have shaped the course of Colorado history.
In May 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago opened to the public. The exposition was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World in 1492. One of the objects on view—the Colorado Mineral Palace model—is currently on exhibit at the History Colorado Center.
So, did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2017? “Take up a new hobby or activity” is a popular one, and with genealogy and family history consistently near the top of the list of most popular hobbies in America, it’s no surprise that our librarians see a surge of aspiring genealogists come looking for their Colorado roots each January.