Press Release

New Gallery for Community Partnerships Opens at History Colorado Center

"A Legacy of Healing: Jewish Leadership in Colorado’s Health Care" is the opening exhibit in a new space for collaboration at Colorado’s innovative history museum.

DENVER, Colo. (OCTOBER 22, 2019)—A trusted leader in helping people understand what it means to be a Coloradan, History Colorado strives to be a place of belonging for all and to serve as a platform for community connection and co-creation. This aspiration has a prominent new home at the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver, where new voices, perspectives, and experiences will multiply and thrive.

The Ballantine Gallery opens to the public with a brand new exhibit on Sunday, November 17.

A Legacy of Healing: Jewish Leadership in Colorado’s Health Care
November 17, 2019–April 19, 2020
History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway
Tickets ($8–14; free for History Colorado Members and children under 5):

A Legacy of Healing outlines the Colorado Jewish community’s history of care to all Coloradans regardless of faith, race, or social standing. It is guest curated by Dr. Jeanne Abrams of the University of Denver Libraries’ Beck Archives, which lends more than 75 historical objects and photos from its collections to the exhibit. Rare film footage and medical tools are included among the items from the first decade of the 20th century up to the present. The Jewish commitment to providing care to tuberculosis patients, orphans, and elders is at the center of this inspiring account of one community's effort to serve the needs of others.

A state-of-the-art 1,100 square-foot gallery located just inside the main entrance of the History Colorado Center, the Ballantine Gallery welcomes visitors alongside the museum’s iconic light-filled atrium, the Anschutz Hamilton Hall. The Ballantine Gallery is the second new gallery to open at the History Colorado Center in as many months. The Owens Hickenlooper Leadership Gallery, featuring the interactive and motivational What’s Your Story? exhibit, opened to the public on October 19. 

A Legacy of Healing is made possible through Rose Medical Center, the Chai (LIFE) Presenting Sponsor—celebrating its rich history and deep community ties in honor of its 70th anniversary—with additional support from Mitzvah (ACT OF KINDNESS) Sponsor National Jewish Health and Osher (WELL-BEING) Sponsor Dick and Eddie Robinson. The Education Sponsor is Rose Community Foundation.

As an effort built around co-creation and co-authorship, the creation of the Ballantine Gallery mirrors several ongoing public engagement initiatives at History Colorado. They include the Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado, a grassroots effort to examine the power of voting and explore the largest voting-rights expansion in US history through contemporary voices and topics; the Year of La Chicana, a community partnership that connects the core issues of the Chicano movement with issues of social justice, identity, and inclusion; and the Museum of Memory project, a public-history initiative to help communities reframe challenges and struggles into histories of resilience and pride.

About History Colorado
History Colorado has become a force for finding new and inclusive ways to serve Coloradans. In 2018 History Colorado provided programs to more than 18,000 students in their own schools, and assisted more than 40 schools with bus funds, to expand efforts that now serve more than 85,000 students annually. Its all-day Hands-On History program at El Pueblo History Museum responds to the four-day school week that is now administered by 61% of Colorado school districts. 

History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving the places, stories and material culture of Colorado through the History Colorado Center and statewide Community Museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections and outreach to Colorado communities. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.