Native American Heritage Month, New World War II Exhibition, and Much More this November at History Colorado
DENVER (October 31, 2023) — In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, History Colorado is highlighting some of the ways it celebrates the history, contributions, and living cultures of the Indigenous people who continue to call what is now Colorado home. These efforts include programs, events and initiatives taking place at History Colorado museums statewide as well as a number of important exhibitions across the state that chronicle everything from one of the darkest days in Colorado’s history, to the vibrant culture of Colorado’s longest continuous residents.
Native American Heritage Month Events
Shavano Petroglyph Tours | Montrose, CO Ute Indian Museum | Multiple dates in November
Tickets (price dependent on age) are currently available
Throughout the month of November History Colorado’s Ute Indian Museum is offering docent-led tours of the Shavano Valley Petroglyph site. Located just outside of Montrose, Colorado, Shavano Valley is one of the most picturesque and important rock art sites in western Colorado which was used from at least 1000 BCE to 1900 CE by both the Archaic and Ute peoples.
Participants of all Shavano Valley Tours should dress appropriately for a moderate hike and seasonal weather with headlamps or flashlights suggested. Anyone interested in reserving a spot should contact the Ute Indian Museum at (970) 249-3098 to book their ticket for these rare tours!
Exhibitions that Highlight Native American Heritage and Indigenous Persistence:
History Colorado sites across the state host exhibitions created in consultation and collaboration with Indigenous peoples. These exhibitions explore the history and living cultures of Tribes that call what is now Colorado home including:
Written on the Land: Ute Voices, Ute History is told from the perspectives and in the voices of today’s Ute people. Featuring more than 200 artifacts from History Colorado’s world-class collection, this exhibition was created in consultation with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation who provided insights on every step of the design process
Mesa Verde in Living West journeys into the culture of the ancestral Puebloans and the deep relationship they had with the environment of the Mesa Verde region in Southwest Colorado
Convergence: Bent’s Fort, 1833–1849 in Colorado Stories explores trade between Plains Indian tribes – of which the Cheyenne, Kiowa, Arapaho, and Comanche were the most prominent – Hispanos, and Euro-Americans along the Santa Fe Trail in the 19th-century
Beyond its exhibitions, History Colorado has several Web pages, projects, publications, and podcast episodes that explore the living culture and history of the Indigenous people of the Centennial State. Here’s an overview of some of those materials:
The Native American History & Heritage Web page documents and shares the living history of Indigenous peoples who originally inhabited what is now Colorado and links to resources and experiences that are created and curated in partnership with Tribal government, and are offered statewide and year round
Created from more than Twenty years of collaboration between the three Ute Indian tribes, scientists and History Colorado museums, the Ute STEM Project explores the integration of Western science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and Ute traditional ecological knowledge
The Federal Indian Boarding School History Web page provides resources that explore various aspects of the more than 250 year history of the United States using education to assimilate Native children and deny them access to their heritage, culture, and families
New Attractions Coming in November: Winter Warriors: The 10th Mountain Division in World War II | Denver, CO History Colorado Center | Opens November 11, 2023
On Veterans Day, November 11, 2023, History Colorado will open Winter Warriors: The 10th Mountain Division in World War II in the newly constructed marquee exhibition gallery at the History Colorado Center. Using photos, video, and first-hand personal accounts from the troops themselves, Winter Warriors: The 10th Mountain Division in World War II explores the history of the US Army's first winter warfare division from its training at Camp Hale in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains through their crucial breakthrough against the Nazi German Army in the mountains of Italy.
To commemorate the opening of Winter Warriors: The 10th Mountain Division in World War II the History Colorado Center is hosting an opening reception on November 11 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This 1940s-themed opening reception will feature a live band playing music from the era, cocktails, cash bar, coffee, food, historic artifacts, members of the 10th Mountain Division Living History Group, tributes to the 10th Mountain Division, and more.
Winter Holiday Trains | Georgetown, CO Georgetown Loop Railroad | Multiple dates and times available in November, December, and January
It’s that time of year again and the Georgetown Loop Railroad is happy to announce its Winter Holiday Trains that run from November 11 – December 24. Located forty-five miles west of Denver, the Georgetown Loop Railroad is one of Colorado’s most authentic living history experiences which offers daily train rides through scenic and snowy vistas on Santa’s Rocky Mountain Adventure, as well as evening journeys in Santa’s Lighted Forest featuring more than 300,000 holiday lights. The holiday season even extends beyond Christmas at the Georgetown Loop Railroad with a Victorian Holiday Celebration train that runs December 26 – January 1. Tickets to all of the Georgetown Loop Railroad’s holiday offerings sell-out quickly so be sure to reserve yours now!
Holiday Teas at the Center for Colorado Women’s History | Denver, CO Center for Colorado Women’s History | November 25 & 30 and December 2, 7, 9, 14 and 16 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets ($30-35) are limited to purchase yours now!
Celebrate the holiday season with your loved ones and a cozy cup of tea at the Center for Colorado Women's History during its beloved Holiday Teas. Featuring a docent-led tour, the signature Lady Evans black tea and a variety of savory and sweet snacks provided by local and woman-led business, Miss Peabody’s Southern Tea Cakes, these Holiday Teas are the perfect opportunity to see the Center for Colorado Women's History in its holiday splendor.
Holiday Teas at the Center for Colorado Women’s History are available on select Thursdays and Saturdays during November and December. Guests can choose either the 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.tea event or the 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. tea event when purchasing tickets. Some dietary restrictions can be accommodated at Holiday Teas with advanced notice. Please email Margaux at email@example.com no later than three days in advance of your tea event to request dietary alternatives.
African American Travel Sites Community Engagement | Colorado Springs, CO Penrose Library | November 1, 5 – 7 p.m.
November 1, 2023, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Penrose Library in Colorado Springs, History Colorado’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is hosting a community meeting to gather input as part of a state-wide survey of African American travel and recreation sites (known as Green Book sites). This effort will nominate multiple Green Book sites to both the State and National Registers of Historic Places and this meeting allows the community to guide the creation of a list of forty important historic resources to be researched. This event is free and open to the public with no RSVP required.
Wonderful Washington Park Walking Tour | Denver, CO History Colorado Center | November 3, 1 - 3 p.m. Tickets ($30 - 40) and additional information are available here.
No park in Denver is as beloved and admired as Washington Park. Named on the centennial of the United States’ first president’s death, the park remains in Denverites’ hearts and affections. On this walking tour, learn how Washington Park has transformed (or stayed the same) throughout the century! Purchase tickets in advance through the event listing here, and join us for an in-depth exploration of Denver’s beloved Washington Park!
Night at the Museums (Free) | Denver, CO History Colorado Center | November 4, 5 - 10 p.m.
Experience some of the Mile High City’s cultural magic during Night at the Museum at the History Colorado Center! Hosted after hours, Night at the Museum is a cultural extravaganza showcasing exhibitions that explore Colorado’s past, present, and future. The late night event is free and open to the public, but reservations in advance are appreciated. For more information about Denver Arts Week, Night at the Museums, or to RSVP, please visit the event listing page here.
How-To Preserve a Military Uniform | Online
Online | November 7, 12 – 1 p.m. Tickets ($0-5) are available here!
Join Anschutz Military Collections Specialist Sydney Mauck for a webinar on the preservation of personal military uniforms and medals. Participants will learn about long-term storage methods used in museums and similar techniques that can be practiced at home to help preserve their beloved uniforms for generations to come.
Election Day | Denver, CO Center for Colorado Women’s History | November 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
November 7 marks the 130th anniversary of suffrage for Colorado women and the Center for Colorado Women's History is celebrating Election Day with free admission to the historic house museum for anyone with an "I voted" sticker or alternative proof of having cast their ballot this year! So make your voice heard at the ballot box and visit the Center for Colorado Women’s History to learn more about the voting rights movement in The Centennial State!
Rocky Mountain Map Society presents "The Ethics of Mapmaking" with Joseph Kerski | Denver, CO History Colorado Center | November 7, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Join Geographer Dr. Joseph Kerski for a free exploration of the ethical implications of the decisions that go into mapmaking, including projections, classification, symbology, analytics, and communication. Dr. Kerski will discuss these issues, why they matter to education and society, as well as related issues such as location privacy, copyright, and information sharing in our AI-enabled, software-as-a-service world where everyone can be a mapmaker. Additional information about this free event, as well as RSVP, is available here!
Museum Basics: Historic Clothing Care of Identification
Online | November 8, 5 – 7 p.m. Tickets ($25 - 325) and additional information are available here.
The Museum Basic series continues with a class covering the essentials of working with historic clothing collections. Discover best practices of clothing care, how to date clothing, and maintaining outstanding clothing collections. For any questions or additional information, please contact Mark Nelson at HC_Museumbasics@state.co.us.
Vecinos Community Coffee | Fort Garland, CO Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center | November 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center staff for some warm beverages and even better platica with your neighbors. This free event, hosted on the second Thursday of each month, provides space for community sharing and gathering. Parking is available at the back entrance. We look forward to sharing our afternoon coffee with you!
Museum of Memory- Whittier Neighborhood | Denver, CO
Ford-Warren Branch Library | November 11, 1 – 4 p.m.
Join History Colorado’s latest Museum of Memory project highlighting the Whittier Neighborhood. This Veteran’s Day event is the next in a series of workshops designed to engage, collect, restore, and commemorate the histories of the Whittier Neighborhood community. Facilitated by History Colorado’s Engagement Manager for Black Communities, Terri Gentry, and the Ford-Warren Library, this event allows former and current Whittier Neighborhood community members to share their experiences and inform this public history project.
Community Table presents: An Evening with Brew-Ability: Advocacy and Good Eats | Englewood, CO Brew-Ability | November 13, 6 – 8 p.m. Tickets ($35-40) and additional information are available here!
History Colorado's Community Table will be joining hands with Brew-Ability, a pioneering restaurant in downtown Englewood, CO, for "An Evening with Brew-Ability: Advocacy and Good Eats." This extraordinary gathering not only celebrates the joy of homemade pizza and brews but also sheds light on the rich history of disability advocacy in the state of Colorado. This event features a sumptuous pizza buffet, access to local craft brews, and an engaging presentation that delves into the historical context of disability advocacy in Colorado and provides profound insights into the evolution of policies, rights, and initiatives aimed at empowering individuals with disabilities.
Rosenberry Lecture: The 10th Mountain Division’s Legendary Breakthrough in World War II | Denver, CO History Colorado Center | November 15, 1 - 2 p.m. & 7 - 8 p.m. Tickets ($5 - 15) and additional information are available here. Dr. Chris Juergens, Head of Curatorial Services and Anschutz Curator of Military History at History Colorado, explores the storied history of the 10th Mountain Division in World War II. This famed military unit was activated and trained in the Colorado Rockies as America's first mountain and winter warfare troops before deploying to combat in northern Italy in 1945. You will learn about their intense wartime preparation, their harrowing combat experience, and the tremendous legacy they left behind for our state and the world.
Tickets for these events can be purchased in advance for either the 1 p.m. or 7 p.m. lecture times. While you’re attending the lecture be sure to visit the new Winter Warriors: The 10th Mountain Division in World War II exhibition, opening November 11, and witness the stories come alive!
Women’s History Symposium | Denver, CO History Colorado Center | November 18, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets ($30 - 35) and additional information are available here.
Season three of Bold Women. Change History. concludes with a day dedicated to sharing, learning, and discovering. Titled "Undergarments: Revealing the Past," this year’s Women’s History Symposium gathers scholars, researchers, and those who wish to explore the theme of Colorado women’s experience as expressed through undergarments. We will consider how undergarments give form and shape to bodies, while they also express identity, autonomy, agency, and protest..
The day will feature multiple panel discussions, presentations, lunch, and an energizing speech from keynote speaker Juana Bordas, a Nicaraguan–American community activist and founder of several Colorado-based organizations promoting Latino/a leadership. This symposium acts as a space for sharing new research, interpretation, representation, and newly collected artifacts and archives, and is designed for educators, museum professionals, researchers, and individuals from all walks of life. Join us in celebrating these outstanding women who are disrupting status-quos, uncovering new knowledge, and changing the world!
Family Volunteer Day | Denver, CO History Colorado Center | November 18, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Get into the giving spirit this holiday season! History Colorado, in partnership with Kramerica Gives, wants to celebrate you and all families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods. At Family Volunteer Day there will be a variety of volunteer opportunities such as:
Decorating bags used to deliver meals to people with life-threatening illnesses
Collecting and putting together a diaper and sock drive
Collecting and putting together a food drive
Making “Adopt Me!” signs and collecting blankets, toys, and pet accessories for animal shelters
Participating in an Acts of Kindness scavenger hunt
Collection Day: Lowriders of Pueblo | Pueblo, CO El Pueblo History Museum | November 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bring photographs, artifacts, trophies, and memorabilia related to your treasured lowriders, viclas, and bikes to El Pueblo History Museum as we come together for a community collection day. Items collected during the free event will serve as the groundwork for an upcoming exhibition highlighting the extraordinary work, artistry, and culture behind our beloved lowriders.
Fall Saturdays | Trinidad, CO Trinidad History Museum | November 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join the Trinidad History Museum for the final Family Friendly Fall Saturday of the season. This event will explore the history of harvest time and features a beaded corn craft that you get to take home with you!
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 144-year-old institution that operates eleven museums and historic sites, a free public research center, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation which provides technical assistance, educational opportunities, and other access to archaeology and historic preservation, and the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF), which is one of the nation’s largest state funded preservation programs 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 10 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. #HistoryColorado