Starting Monday, July 27, History Colorado lets the good times roll all the way to its big day on Saturday, August 1. Everyone in Colorado is invited to celebrate their state with a birthday bundle of festive occasions, both online and in person. Our annual day of free admission at all eight of our museums throughout the state, including the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver, makes its triumphant return. And this year it has a sidekick:
For the first time ever, Colorado Day festivities will also include a full week of digital delights. A combination of live virtual events, carefully crafted videos, an online Birthday Bash bursting with fun and games, and a Spirit Week of playful prompts on social media ensure this year's celebration will be one for all and one for the record books. Special guest Governor Jared Polis will pop into our social media channels, and our five members of the State Historian’s Council will describe their favorite things about the state on our blog. New videos will showcase the great outdoors, while perfect recipes and downloadable crafts are also available.
Summer living is easy. All online elements await at h-co.org/coloradoday, including registration for the virtual birthday party at 9 a.m. on Saturday, August 1. Free admission to museums can be booked via h-co.org/welcome. All visitors who select tickets for Saturday, August 1 in the online reservation system will be able to book at no charge.
Amid all the fun, History Colorado also gets down to business: on Colorado Day it will pass the role of official State Historian from Dr. William Wei to Dr. Duane Vandenbusche.
Denver7 and History Colorado are partners once again for this year’s Colorado Day festivities. Many thanks to Denver7, our Media Sponsor, for their continued support of the work we do together to bring the past and present to our communities while looking toward the future.
History Colorado’s virtual birthday bash is presented in partnership with Betterish.
About History Colorado
History Colorado’s eight museums around the state are open to visitors. Inclusive, values-driven, and intentional, History Colorado has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with an agile reorganization. Its blitz has created new educational channels for adults and youth (including at-homesummer-camp kits now available), full-length episodes of its podcasts, a series of Archaeology & Preservation webinars, aweekly digest with over 28,000 subscribers, and one of the nation’s most comprehensive collecting initiatives: a partnership with dozens of schools, communities, and more than 40 newsrooms called History in the Making. While working from home, its State Historical Fund staff distributed more than $1 million in grant dollars to community projects across the state this spring. It continues its grant funding on schedule.
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. History Colorado is one of only six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado. Visit HistoryColorado.org, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.