Press Release

Light Reading from History Heavyweights: "Colorado Day by Day" on Sale March 25

History Colorado’s first major publication since 2015

DENVER, Colo. (February 26, 2020) — The official keeper of the state’s history has collaborated with the University Press of Colorado to publish Colorado Day by Day by influential historian Derek R. Everett.

John Eding, Manager of Communications and PR
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A member of the history faculty at Metropolitan State University of Denver and Colorado State University, Everett has compiled 366 historical moments that inform and entertain. This 430-page volume includes more than 50 historical images as well as a comprehensive index. It is available both as an eBook ($21.95) and in paperback ($26.95) everywhere good books are sold beginning Wednesday, March 25, when History Colorado members will hear from the author at a presentation and book signing at downtown Denver’s only Smithsonian Affiliate museum, the History Colorado Center.

Colorado Day by Day offers an engaging, this-day-in-history approach to the key figures and forces that have shaped Colorado. Sharing pivotal moments from ancient times to the present, Everett presents a vignette for each day of the calendar year, exploring Colorado’s many facets through distilled tales of people, places, events, and trends. Entries incorporate tales from each of the state’s sixty-four counties and feature both well-known and obscure cultural moments, including events in Native American, African American, Asian American, Hispano, and women’s history. Allowing the reader to explore the state’s heritage as individual threads or as part of the greater tapestry, Colorado Day by Day recovers much lost history and will be an entertaining and useful source of lore for anyone who enjoys—or is curious about—Colorado history.

This is History Colorado’s first major publication since 2015, and the first book in a new co-publishing partnership with the University Press of Colorado. The next volume will dive deep into the history of the Centennial State via 100 fascinating, quirky, and sometimes poignant artifacts from the History Colorado collection. Written by State Historian William Wei, this title will be the companion volume to the critically acclaimed History Colorado Center exhibit Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects.

History Colorado is poised to publish more such books in the coming years, some in partnership with the university press, others under its own imprint. The move is part of the organization's efforts to tell more of the diverse stories of Colorado to audiences across the state and well beyond its borders. These stories are not just geared to the student and historian but to anyone with a healthy curiosity about the people, places, key events, and cultural zeitgeists of Colorado—and their implications for today and tomorrow. Future volumes published by History Colorado will include anthologies of essays for both the general reader and college curriculum, as well as illustrated volumes drawing from the organization's rich collections of historical photography and artifacts with the more casual devotee of Colorado history in mind.

About Derek R. Everett
Derek R. Everett is a faculty member in the history departments at Metropolitan State University of Denver and Colorado State University, specializing in Colorado and Western history with an emphasis on geography and politics. He guides and conducts research at the Colorado statehouse and is the author of The Colorado State Capitol: History, Politics, Preservation and Creating the American West: Boundaries and Borderlands.

History Colorado Member Event
Harvesting Yesterdays: The Making of Colorado Day by Day
Wednesday, March 25, 6 pm
History Colorado Center | 1200 Broadway, Denver
Come share in celebrating the interwoven, rich stories that make the Centennial State such a beloved place to be. Author Derek R. Everett presents his new book at the History Colorado Center member open house. Everett gives a lighthearted look at the challenges of whittling thousands of years of history into vignettes for every day of the calendar year. Grab a copy with your 20% member double discount at this free event and stay to meet Everett at a book-signing.

About History Colorado
Inclusive, values-driven, and intentional, History Colorado has become a force for finding new ways to serve people in Colorado. 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 and sharing the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through educational programs, historic preservation grants, collecting, outreach to Colorado communities, the History Colorado Center and Stephen H. Hart Research Center in Denver, and nine other museums and historic attractions statewide. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.