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Roam Free! History Colorado’s Free Fourth Grade Family Pass Available June 1; Still Time to Sign Up for Summer Camp

Fun, safe museums throughout Colorado are ready to welcome students and families, who also receive a free ticket to the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad®

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Just in time for summer, History Colorado has a special gift for 4th graders and their families. Registration for History Buff, History Colorado’s free membership program for students entering 4th grade in the fall, opens June 1.

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John Eding, Communications & PR Manager
303-866-3670 | john.eding@state.co.us

Benefits include free admission for students and their families to seven museums throughout Colorado until the end of the school year, one free child ticket to the Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park® (with the purchase of an adult ticket), and discounts on History Colorado programs like our LEGO Building Workshops and Hands-On History Summer Camp. Parents can learn more and sign up in English or Spanish at h-co.org/4thgrade.

History Buff is an initiative designed to support students learning our state’s history through their 4th-grade curriculum. The History Buff program covers admission for fourth graders and up to five additional people (two adults and up to three additional children) at all of History Colorado’s museums: the History Colorado Center and the Center for Colorado Women’s History in Denver, El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo, Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center in the San Luis Valley, Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin in Leadville, Trinidad History Museum in Trinidad, and the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose.

Several attractions await the new class of History Buffs. At the History Colorado Center, Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City is a new time-traveling adventure about the Mile High City’s past, present, and future of architecture and urban planning. A brand new makerspace is also open where guests can create a keepsake to take home or leave a creation to be displayed in museum cases. At El Pueblo History Museum, ¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las grandes ligas is a journey into the heart and history of Latino/a baseball in the United States. On the Western Slope, the Ute Indian Museum has just completed its new ethnobotany garden of native plants and has new additions to its core exhibition created with tribal partners. The 2021 season at the Georgetown Loop Railroad® is underway with safe, refreshing open-air cars. A full slate of History Colorado events and programs statewide is available at h-co.org/events.

Hands-On History Summer Camp
June 14–August 6, 2021
El Pueblo History Museum, Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center, History Colorado Center, Trinidad History Museum, and Ute Indian Museum host eight weeks of fun, affordable summer camp at beautiful locations for young people ages six through 12. Campers learn and create together through activities that bring history to life and connect to our larger world. Hands-On History Summer Camp offers automatic tuition assistance up to 70%. History Buffs receive a 10 percent savings on summer camps. Details and registration are available here.

PUBLIC SAFETY
The well-being of our staff and visitors is History Colorado’s highest priority. Enhanced cleaning procedures are in place, and some high-touch and high-traffic areas may be adjusted in accordance with public-health guidelines. Visitors to the History Colorado Center must purchase a timed ticket in advance or make a member reservation prior to their visit. Up-to-date policies and guidelines are provided during ticketing at historycolorado.org/welcome.

About History Colorado
History Colorado is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a 501(c)3 non-profit that has served more than 75,000 students and 500,000 people in Colorado each year. It is a 142-year-old institution that operates Colorado’s oldest museum, nine additional museums and historic sites, a free public research center, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF), which is the nation’s largest preservation program of its kind. The SHF currently administers more than 280 grants across Colorado, of which more than 70% are allocated in rural areas. The History Colorado Center is the nation’s first state history museum to display a monument toppled last summer with new, inclusive interpretation.

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.