Director of Curatorial Services and Senior Curator
Alisa DiGiacomo is the director of curatorial services and the senior curator at History Colorado. In 2007, she curated the Italians of Denver exhibit at the Colorado History Museum. A fifth-generation Italian American in Colorado, she holds a B.A. in art history and photography from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.A. in art history and museum studies from the University of Denver.
Her writings include“Left on the Field: Colorado’s Semi-Pro and Amateur Baseball Teams” (Colorado Heritage, Summer 2018); “Between Two Worlds: The Life and Art of Eugene Standingbear” (Colorado Heritage, September/October 2014); “The Denargo Market and the Evolution of Produce Distribution in Denver” (Colorado Heritage, July/August 2014); and “Seeing Allen True” (Colorado Heritage, September/October 2009). Her book Italy in Colorado: Family Histories from Denver and Beyond (History Colorado, 2008) is in its third printing. Other exhibits she has curated include Quiltspeak: Stories in the Stitches, Children of Ludlow: Life in a Battle Zone, 1913–1914, Destination Colorado, and Backstory: Western American Art in Context.
Despite the continuing pandemic, celebrations remain significant, even if remotely. They help us feel connected to our community, friends, and extended family. With the arrival of the inaugural Colorado Cabrini Day, we need to celebrate for a variety of reasons.
Community collaboration holds the power to make history engaging and relevant. It also can bring diverse people together to ensure the long-term care and preservation of our collective history and heritage.
It’s hard to believe that seventeen years have passed since History Colorado launched its Italian community documentation project. Guided by the History Colorado Collection Plan, the leaders of this initiative collaborated with the Italian American community statewide, aiming to better represent that community in History Colorado’s permanent collection. As an early immigrant group in Colorado, Italians brought their culture, traditions, and skills to our state—playing a major role in the businesses that supported a growing population while providing labor needed for the development of the railroad, mining, and agriculture in the place we call home.