Press Release

History Colorado Celebrates State's Diverse Communities Through Multiple Offerings in 2023.

DENVER (December 29, 2022) — History Colorado is excited to announce a number of ongoing series for the new year. With a new season of our critically acclaimed podcast, discussions of the ways women have changed history, and explorations of the stories and achievements of Black Coloradans, 2023 presents multiple ways for Coloradans to deepen your appreciation for the rich and diverse history of the Centennial State.

Luke Perkins, Manager of Communications and Public Relations 
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Upcoming Series:
Lost Highways: Dispatches from the Shadows of the Rocky Mountains Season 4
Launches January 2023 | Available wherever you get podcasts 
Season 4 of History Colorado’s critically acclaimed podcast, Lost Highways: Dispatches from the Shadows of the Rocky Mountains, unpacks the realities of the West thanks to the team of expert hosts who shine light on the forgotten episodes of Colorado’s past. Through stories of discrimination, activism, and mystery, explore how our state’s history connects to current events and the impact on our lives today. Episodes in Season 4 will range from the misrepresentation of the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864, to the racism encountered by Black entrepreneur Barney Ford, “the Black Baron of Colorado,” as he strived for the American Dream.

Bold Women. Change History. Speaker Series
February-November 2023 | History Colorado Center, El Pueblo History Museum, & online
We didn’t come this far only to go this far.  Bold Women. Change History. is a speaker series, summit, and symposium about what happens when women have a seat at the table—and when they lead. This year’s series features the resonant personal histories of scholars, authors, and history-makers who take risks, innovate in ways worth replicating, and demonstrate a powerful spectrum of leadership. Members get early access to tickets starting January 9, with general access starting on January 16th.

Blaxplanation 2023
History Colorado Center & Five Points Neighborhood | Denver, CO
The Blaxplanation event series will return for 2023 with a slate of events at the History Colorado Center and in the historic Five Points Neighborhood. This series was created to explore the stories and achievements of the Black diaspora outside the context of slavery and features Colorado stories with national or international impact and serves to address racist and discriminatory understandings of Black life by focusing on the contributions the Black community has made, and continues to make, to our society.

Tours & Treks 2023
History Colorado is happy to announce the return of its Tours & Treks adventure series and its schedule of 18 exciting outings for 2023. With events going back over 50 years, Tours & Treks is one of History Colorado’s longest running series and consistently offers an assortment of expeditions to enrich our understanding of the history of Colorado and beyond.

The 2023 series runs from Jan. 24–Dec. 15 and will focus on learning about communities around Colorado as well as some of the diverse neighborhoods and municipalities that make up the Denver metro area. Adventures include walking tours of historic Denver neighborhoods, bus trips to explore some of the furthest reaches of Colorado, and even a six-day odyssey in New Mexico to explore everything from natural wonders to alien encounters. 

Tickets for the full slate of adventures are available now!

New Exhibitions:
The Sand Creek Massacre: The Betrayal that Changed Cheyenne and Arapaho People Forever 
History Colorado Center | Denver, CO
The Sand Creek Massacre: The Betrayal that Changed Cheyenne and Arapaho People Forever, is open at the History Colorado Center in Denver. The exhibit recounts the deadliest day in Colorado history—Nov. 29, 1864—when U.S. troops brutally attacked a peaceful village of Cheyenne and Arapaho people who were promised military protection. More than 230 women, children and elders were murdered that day. 

This exhibition is the only one in the country that centers around the voices of the Cheyenne and Arapaho people.  It spotlights the living culture of the Cheyenne and Arapaho, two separate Tribes with distinct histories that were bound together forever after the tragedy at Sand Creek. Forced to leave Colorado after the Massacre, the Cheyenne and Arapaho people exist today as three sovereign Tribal nations in Montana, Oklahoma and Wyoming. The exhibition is the result of a ten-year partnership process that began in 2012 between History Colorado and the Tribal nations.

The World in Denver: Photography of Robert Weinberg | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | Open January 20, 2023 - January, 2024
Join the History Colorado Center in celebrating the opening of its newest exhibition, The World in Denver: Photography of Robert Weinberg. This exhibition features nine large scale reproductions of photographs taken by Robert Weinberg, Denver’s preeminent photojournalist of the 1980s and 90s and tells the history of how a variety of personal stories intertwined in Denver throughout his career and connected the city to the wider world. 

In celebration of this exhibition's opening, History Colorado will host a reception on January 20, from 6-8 p.m., where visitors can meet Weinberg, view some of his favorite photos, and hear stories about his life and career. Cash bar and light refreshments will be available during the opening reception of The World in Denver: Photography of Robert Weinberg. The reception is free and open to the public, but RSVP is required.

January Events:
First Fridays at El Pueblo History Museum | Pueblo, CO
El Pueblo History Museum | January 6, 4 - 7 p.m.
El Pueblo History Museum will host local musician and former TedX presenter Chela Lujan, during the Pueblo Arts Alliance First Fridays Art Walk. Admission to the museum will be free during the event and staff will provide guided tours through the recreated trading post that gives the El Pueblo History Museum its name.

Writing in the Museum | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | January 12, 1 - 3 p.m.
Tickets ($15) and additional information available here. 
History Colorado, in partnership with Lighthouse Writers, will offer a series of writing workshops to begin the year. A professional writer will lead participants through writing exercises as they explore the four floors of exhibitions at History Colorado Center and draw inspiration from the displays. Cost of this event will cover admission to the museum and tickets can be purchased in advance here.

Rosenberry Lecture Series: The Life and Times of Colorado Barbecue | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center & Online | January 18, 1 - 2 p.m.
Tickets ($10-15) and additional information available here. 
The Rosenberry Lecture Series continues with James Beard Award-winning author Adrian Miller providing an informative and entertaining look at the people and places that shaped Colorado's barbecue traditions. This hybrid event will take place at the History Colorado Center and will be followed by a signing of Miller’s latest book "Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue." History Colorado members can also enjoy one of Miller’s personal recipes the day of the lecture as part of our meal deal in the Rendezvous Cafe located at History Colorado Center.

History Buff Day | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | January 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Join Billy the Bison for a day full of family programs, crafts, scavenger hunts, and museum exploration to celebrate the History Buffs 4th Grade Family Members at the History Colorado Center. This program provides all Colorado fourth graders with a free family membership so they can learn about the history of the Centennial State! Sign up here to become a History Buff member.

Tour & Treks: A German History of Denver by Bus | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | January 24, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Tickets ($115-135) and additional information available here.
Join History Colorado for the first Tours & Treks outing of 2023. This maiden voyage will take a look at the story of German Denver,  and allow participants to experience the buildings, stories, and industries created by German immigrants and their descendants, as well as enjoy a tasty German lunch along the way.

Blaxplanation Presents: A Conversation about Gang Violence in NE Denver | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | January 28, 1 - 5 p.m.
Join History Colorado’s Blaxplanation team for a film screening of The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood, followed by a conversation to discuss current and past efforts to curb gang violence with the producer, subject, and director of the film. This event is free and open to the public but RSVP is required. 

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 143-year-old institution that operates eleven 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 one of the nation’s largest state funded preservation program of its kind. More than 70% of SHF grants are allocated in rural areas of the state. Additionally, the offices of the State Archaeologist and the State Historic Preservation Officer are part of History Colorado.

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 ten other museums and historic attractions statewide. History Colorado is one of only six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.