Native American Heritage Month offers one of the most exciting times of the year to explore our state’s history. Exhibitions, events, publications, podcasts, photos, and more are available on History Colorado’s Native American History and Heritage page at historycolorado.org/native-american-history-heritage.
Día de los Muertos Altars
Four locations statewide | through Nov. 3
Join History Colorado in celebrating Día de los Muertos and honoring our friends, family, and loved ones who have passed. Our community altars are available for anyone, for free. We invite all to add photographs, handwritten messages, or small offerings of food, flowers (real or paper), or trinkets to the altar. Those who would like to participate from home are invited to create submissions at historycolorado.org/exhibit/dia-de-los-muertos-altar, where information is available about each site. El Pueblo History Museum also hosts a free community celebration Tuesday, November 2, 5–7 p.m.
Bold Women. Change History. Speaker Series: Dr. Carlotta Walls LaNier
History Colorado Center | Wednesday, Nov. 10, 7 p.m.
Tickets ($10–15): h-co.org/boldwomen
Bold Women. Change History. is a year-long speaker series featuring trailblazers, visionaries, and history-makers who illuminate what happens when women have a seat at the table—and when they lead. At the age of 14, Dr. Carlotta Walls LaNier was the youngest of the Black students known as the Little Rock Nine who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. She endured constant harassment, intimidation, and threats as she courageously fought for school desegregation and became a Civil Rights icon. Join us as she shares her story of strength and resilience and encourages us all to pay attention to the lessons of history and to stay vigilant in fighting for equality.
Night at the Museums 2021
History Colorado Center | Saturday, Nov. 6, 5–10 p.m. | Press Images
Free Tickets: h-co.org/tickets
Visit the History Colorado Center for Night at the Museums on Saturday, Nov. 6. This after-hours cultural extravaganza offers free admission to our museum and many others in the Mile High City, including several that are only steps away in the Golden Triangle Creative District. Explore 16 different exhibitions at the History Colorado Center, create a keepsake in the museum’s makerspace, and enjoy free samples of scratch-made artisan ice cream while supplies last. Advance registration required via h-co.org/tickets.
The Power of Horses | Press Release
History Colorado Center | November 20, 2021–May 9, 2022
Tickets ($0–14) and info: historycolorado.org/horses
A new exhibit included in general admission at no extra charge, The Power of Horses will delight visitors of all ages through a satisfying mix of captivating artifacts, pop-culture cues, and engaging activities. Drawn from stories shared by community organizations and individuals from across the state, the exhibition fills the museum’s intimate Ballantine Gallery, sun-soaked Anschutz Hamilton Hall, and the Makerspace where all visitors are invited to create a keepsake. A celebration of the horse’s foundational presence in American popular culture provides a backdrop for exhibition content and sets a nostalgic, enthusiastic tone.
November Programs at the Ute Indian Museum | Montrose, CO
Tickets ($0–25) and info: historycolorado.org/ute-indian-museum
Native American Heritage Month presents one of the year’s most exciting times to visit the beautiful Ute Indian Museum on Colorado’s Western Slope. Special events include free family film screenings of “Smoke Signals” and “More Than Fry Bread” (PG-13 / PG, Sundays, Nov. 7 and 21, 1 p.m.), Twilight Shavano Petroglyph Tours on every Sunday of the month (6:30–8:30 p.m.), a free Veterans Day screening of “The Warrior Tradition” (Thursday, Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m.), an evening of campfire stories (Sunday, Nov. 21, 6 p.m.), and classes to create beaded loom bracelets (Sundays, Nov. 7 and 21, 11 a.m.), peyote stitch beaded keychains (Monday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m.), and Porcupine Quill Earrings (Sundays, Nov. 14 and 28, 11 a.m.).
2022 People's Choice Hart Award
Online Voting | Submit your vote by November 5
History Colorado wants your vote! The Stephen H. Hart Awards recognize projects that exemplify outstanding historic preservation and archaeology across our state. Discover the projects that are in the running for the 2022 People's Choice Hart Award and choose your favorite at historycolorado.org/stephen-h-hart-awards-historic-preservation.
Building Denver Exhibit Tours
History Colorado Center | Every Saturday in November, 10 a.m.
Tickets ($12–14) and info: historycolorado.org/buildingdenver
Tour this time-traveling exhibition with a captivating expert and see your city in a whole new light. Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City explores the growth, urban development, and architecture of Denver from 1860 to today. Throughout 3,000 interactive square-feet, it reveals how civic leaders, designers, and residents have steadily worked to bring their own visions for Denver to life.
Building Denver Speaker Series: Class Struggle in the City
Live online | Tuesday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
Tickets ($10–15) and info: historycolorado.org/building-denver
In the final event of the Building Denver Speaker Series, hear directly from Jobs with Justice Executive Director Erica Smiley. Stories of American metropolises are intertwined with the life of their working classes. As our city has changed, particularly in the last 50 years, how has work in it changed? Who does the work? Who owns the work that happens? Are they rooted in the community or far away, via an app? And how are workers organizing themselves today?
Explore the Map Collections of the Denver Public Library & History Colorado
History Colorado Center | Wednesday, Nov. 17, noon
Tickets ($3–5) and info: historycolorado.org/events
Join History Colorado's Curator of Archives Shaun Boyd and Denver Public Library's Senior Special Collections Librarian Craig Haggit in History Colorado’s Stephen H. Hart Research Center for a lively, fun exploration of their institutions' map collections. Both collections feature thousands of maps covering very similar areas, from the explorer's trails documented before Colorado became a state, through water and geographical features of the West, to ski runs of the 20th century. This event is part of History Colorado’s inSights & inPerson speaker series.
Family Volunteer Day and Youth Programs
History Colorado Center | Saturday, Nov. 20
Tickets ($0–35) and more information: historycolorado.org/events
Please join Kramerica Gives and the History Colorado Center for Family Volunteer Day, a day of giving on Saturday, November 20. This global day of service is a great way to start off the holidays while benefiting your community and having fun! All participants receive FREE access to the entire museum, which also offers a free construction demonstration in its makerspace (11 a.m.) and a LEGO Building Workshop ($30–35, 9 a.m.).
Explore The 5280
History Colorado Center | year-round
12th Avenue outside of the History Colorado Center is part of The 5280, a five-mile urban trail that weaves through vibrant communities and key landmarks. Discover the route on the Downtown Denver Partnership’s website and enjoy a new bicycle-focused art installation for the project at the northwest corner of 12th and Lincoln outside of the museum.
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. More than 70% of SHF grants are allocated in rural areas of the state.
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.