Director of Curatorial Services and Senior Curator
Alisa DiGiacomo 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 other writings for Colorado Heritage include “Between Two Worlds: The Life and Art of Eugene Standingbear” (September/October 2014); “The Denargo Market and the Evolution of Produce Distribution in Denver” (July/August 2014); and “Seeing Allen True” (September/October 2009). Her book Italy in Colorado: Family Histories from Denver and Beyond (History Colorado, 2008) is about to be reprinted. Exhibits she has curated include Quiltspeak: Stories in the Stitches, The Italians of Denver, Children of Ludlow: Life in a Battle Zone, 1913–1914, Destination Colorado, and Backstory: Western American Art in Context.
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.
Sportswriter Tommy Holmes once said of Babe Ruth, “I stopped talking about the Babe for the simple reason that I realized that those who had never seen him didn’t believe me.” This sentiment holds true today. Most know the name Babe Ruth, but many don’t fully understand the fascination and awe that he inspired as a player—even after his retirement from the game in June of 1935.