Press Release

Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects opens November

DENVER — History Colorado has announced a new exhibition opening at the History Colorado Center this fall. A brand-new gallery space has been created on the museum’s third floor to house the innovative 3,700-square-foot experience.

The addition of Zoom In, presented by Colorado State University, provides another core exhibit for museum visitors to explore. This exhibition will join the other core exhibits such as Living West, Destination Colorado, and Colorado Stories, giving museum goers a full dose of historically themed exhibits on the state’s past. 

Zoom In offers visitors a chance to step into the story and explore 100 unique objects that have shaped our state. The items provide an overview of Colorado’s history from early Paleoindians, living along the Front Range 13,000 years ago, to the twenty-first century with the innovative story of Crocs shoes from Boulder, Colorado.

This exhibition explores how objects define who we are as Coloradans. It acknowledges the diverse people who have called this rectangular patch of plains, mountains, and mesas home for 13,000 years or more. Colorado’s history is far too rich and complex to be distilled into only 100 objects but the items selected - both ordinary and extraordinary - represent the diversity of Colorado’s places and people. These carefully selected objects illuminate the stories of iconic individuals from our past, such as Margaret “Molly” Brown, as well as those of relatively unknown Coloradans.

“The objects act as portals that open the doors to the stories of our past,” said Steve Turner, History Colorado’s Executive Director. “We hope this overview sparks curiosity about our history and a desire to learn more.”

Preserving our past is a future-oriented endeavor. These objects reflect the ideas, achievements, and challenges that define us as Coloradans today and help us determine who we want to become tomorrow. 

“As CSU prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary as Colorado’s Land Grant institution in 2020, we are proud to support this look back at the stories, people, and inventions that weave the history of our great state,” said Amy Parsons, Executive Vice Chancellor of the Colorado State University System.

History Colorado partnered with Tryba Architects, the firm that designed the History Colorado Center, to create both a gallery space and an exhibit design that will complement and enhance the original building.

Zoom In is presented by Colorado State University.

Zoom In is included in the cost of a general admission ticket: $12 adults, $10 students/seniors 65+, $8 children 6-12; children 5 and under free. For complete information, visit


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.

Brooke Gladstone
Communications Manager
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