Press Release

History Colorado Emphasizes Importance of Grandparents in Children's Lives

Grandparents Day will be celebrated on September 7

DENVER, Aug. 25 -- Scientists have long held that grandparents play an enormous role in children's cognitive, behavioral, and social development. On September 7, History Colorado will hold a special celebration for Grandparents and their grandkids at the History Colorado Center.

“Grandparents are a very important audience for us at History Colorado,” says Alison Salutz, Visitor Experience Coordinator for History Colorado.  “Grandparents can be great sources of parenting tips – and affordable childcare – to their grandchildren’s parents.”  Salutz also adds that those whose grandchildren who are in high risk situations, such as poverty and stressful family events can really make a difference in helping to shape a child’s sense of normalcy in relationships.

Research shows that a healthy grandparent-grandchild bond can be crucial to a child feeling a sense of emotional closeness to a grandparent; having regular contact with his/her grandparent; and viewing the grandparent as a source of social support.  According to Roma Hanks, PhD, in her article “Connecting the Generations: The New Role of Grandparents,” she believes that grand parenting is the most important family role of the new century.  “Today there is a growing alliance of grandparents who will positively influence the lives of their grandchildren and the younger generations in their society,” she writes.  “Some by providing urgently needed daily care, others by building deep emotional connections with their grandchildren.

“We think it is only fitting that we celebrate these very special people in the lives of many children today,” says Salutz. 

Join us for a special Grandparents' Day Celebration on Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.   The cost is FREE with museum admission. 

Bring your grandchildren to the History Colorado Center and enjoy an ice cream social and the play Snow Whiteperformed by the Town Hall Arts Center. Ages: Best for children ages 4-12, and his or her grandparents, but open to everyone. 

See more in our online calendar.


History Colorado's mission is to inspire generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado. We serve as the state's memory, preserving the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through our museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections, and outreach to Colorado communities. Find History Colorado on all major social media platforms. Visit or call (303) HISTORY for more information.

Deborah Radman
303-866-3670 (direct)