With offerings ranging from holiday inspired tea gatherings to true crime presentations, History Colorado is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy this holiday season both in person and from the comfort of their home.
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, this exhibition sets a nostalgic, and enthusiastic, tone as it celebrates horse’s foundational presence in American popular culture. This new exhibit fills the museum’s intimate Ballantine Gallery, sun-soaked Anschutz Hamilton Hall, and extends into the Makerspace where all visitors are invited to engage in a number of different crafts and activities that range from historical to adorable.
Holiday Tea at the Center for Colorado Women’s History
Choose from three occasions | Dec. 11, 16 & 18, 10:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
More information and tickets here
Enjoy a tea gathering and tour the historic space of the Center for Colorado Women's History in its holiday splendor! After the tour, we gather in the tea room to enjoy fresh fruit, scones, tea sandwiches, and our signature Lady Evans Tea. Call 303-620-4933 during business hours to purchase your tickets.
House Museum Book Club
Online | Dec. 5, 12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
More information about this online event available here
Join the Center for Colorado Women's History and the Molly Brown House Museum online for a collaborative book club hosted by these two treasured Denver house museums. This zoom event will feature a discussion of The Bad Old Days of Colorado: Untold Stories of the Wild West by Randi Samuelson-Brown, the final of six titles chosen for discussion in 2021. The book for this discussion can be purchased here and registration is required in advance of this free event.
Espinosa Petaca (trunk) Conservation Open Studio Hours! | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | Dec. 8, 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Free with admission to the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver
Come join Julie Parker, objects conservator of Parker Arts Conservation, on the third floor of the History Colorado Center to discuss her work in conserving the Espinosa Petaca as part of the "Borderlands of Southern Colorado" series. Parker will be available to discuss her work in object conservation as well as any general object care questions visitors may have. Visitors may remember Parker from her role as a panelist in the recent program "The Espinosa Brothers’ Petaca—Borderlands History and Conservation,” on Sept. 2, 2021, where she participated in a dynamic discussion of the Espinosa Brothers, the Borderlands of Southern Colorado, the history surrounding the Petaca and its conservation goals.
Low Sensory Morning | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | Dec. 11, 8:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
RSVP at 303-866-2394 or register here
The History Colorado Center will be opening its doors early on Dec. 11 for families who prefer a low sensory museum experience. The museum will be closed to the general public and sounds in the exhibits will be turned down to ensure a soothing, accessible environment for visitors. Admission during this event is free but spaces are limited and registration is required.
InSights & InPerson Connections: Following the Trail to Justice for Anna Mae Aquash
Online | Dec. 15, 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Tickets ($5) and info available here
Join retired Denver Police Detective Abe Alonzo as he present his story and work on the kidnapping and murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash in 1975. Alonzo, a native Coloradan who grew up in the Denver area, will retell a relentless 10-year, multi-agency, journey that’s sole destination was justice for Anna Mae Aquash.This program contains descriptions of graphic violence which some audience members may find distressing and requires registration in advance.
Tours & Treks Summit
Online | Dec. 15, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
More information available here
History Colorado will be hosting a free online zoom conference to announce the 2022 Tours and Treks lineup! Participants will learn about each tour offering including walking tours, bus tours, food tours, and overnight treks! More information about the Tours & Treks program, which is a series of guided tours designed to inspire wonder in the past of the Centennial State, can be found here.
LEGO Building Workshop: Street Sweeper Kit | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | Dec. 18, 9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
Tickets ($30 for members and $35 for non-members) available here
Brush up on your Denver history while building (and keeping!) your own LEGO City Street Sweeper Kit. Visitors to this family-friendly workshop will build a Colorado-style LEGO set and receive a special guided tour of our Building Denver exhibit based on their creation. Make sure to purchase tickets in advance before they are all swept up.
December features a slew full of events to entice visitors to the beautiful Ute Indian Museum on Colorado’s Western Slope and give them a chance to create, or purchase, some holiday gifts. Special events include the Annual Holiday Art and Crafts Festival (Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4, 4 p.m.), and several screenings of the holiday film Christmas in the Clouds (Dec. 5, 11, 12, 18, 19 and 26, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). For the hands-on crafting inclined there will be a kids cultural craft class, open to all ages, (Saturday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.), a beaded loom bracelet class (Sunday, Dec.12, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. registration required), and a porcupine quill earrings class (Sunday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. registration required).
Member Appreciation Weekend
Multiple locations | Dec. 10 - 12
Allow the History Colorado Center to thank you for being a loyal member and take some stress out of the holidays with a relaxing day at our museums across Colorado. Discover deals and delights for you and everyone on your list with a 20 percent members discount in both our in person and online gift shops. Visitors will be welcomed to view some of our newest exhibits across the state and offered tours at the Center for Women’s History and the Trinidad History Museum, as well as enjoy free gift wrapping in at the History Colorado Center and El Pueblo History Museum. A full rundown of membership benefits, suggestions on how to best experience Member Appreciation Weekend, and access to discounted memberships can be found here
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.