Press Release

Women’s History in the Spotlight at History Colorado Sites Across Colorado in March

DENVER (February 29, 2024) — Throughout the year, History Colorado recognizes and celebrates the inspirational stories and outstanding contributions of the women who have helped form the Centennial State. This Women’s History Month History Colorado offers opportunities to explore the multifaceted and intersectional histories of women through unique programming and one-of-a-kind exhibitions that highlight their indispensable roles within the diverse communities of Colorado.

Luke Perkins, Manager of Communications and Public Relations
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Women’s History Events in March
International Women's Day Free Day | Denver, CO
Center for Colorado Women’s History | March 8, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Celebrate Women’s History Month during the Center for Colorado Women’s History free day! At the historic home museum, take a free guided tour – hosted every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – don some vintage props at the photo station, and view the featured stories of international women in the History Lab! 

Rosenberry Lecture: Excess to Extremism: How Colorado’s National Guard Spoiled Denver’s Kitchens | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | March 20, 1 –  2 p.m. & 7 – 8 p.m.
Tickets ($10-$15) and additional information available here.
Join History Colorado and award-winning author, Jane (Janie) Little Botkin, on a journey back to Colorado during the early 1900s at the height of labor activism. The lecture centers the voices of national labor activist, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and local union leader, Jane Street, while contextualizing their crusades to change the status quo towards benefitting workers. The lectures will be held at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., so be sure to purchase tickets in advance before they sell out! 

Year-Round Opportunities to Celebrate and Explore Women’s History at History Colorado:
The Center for Colorado Women’s History | Denver, CO

The first state museum focused on the past, present, and future achievements of Colorado women, the Center for Colorado Women’s History highlights women’s history through its focus on scholarship, research, lectures, tours, and exhibitions that expand our understanding of women in Colorado. Most importantly, the Center connects local stories to the broader history of women worldwide and spearheads ongoing efforts by History Colorado to better understand the ways women continue to change the world.

The museum is located at 1310 Bannock Street, Denver and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 303-620-4933.

Bold Women. Change History. Series
Bold Women. Change History. is inspired by the ambitious, innovative spirit of Colorado, where voters were the first in the nation to eliminate gender discrimination at the ballot box. The Bold Women. Change History. series features authors, scholars and history makers who illustrate the innovations that happen when women have a seat at the table. Lead by the Center for Colorado Women’s History, Bold Women. Change History. generates new knowledge and understandings of women’s role in history by sharing their stories and sparking adventurous dialogue that builds pathways to new understandings.

Essential Listening
Eager to learn about Women’s History from the comforts of home? Look no further than the Colorado Women’s History lectures from History Colorado’s YouTube channel! Featuring 11 recorded video lectures spanning Colorado womens’ roles in women’s suffrage to specific histories on individuals like Agnes Wright Spring and Carrie Clyde Holly

Additionally, History Colorado’s critically acclaimed podcast, Lost Highways: Dispatches from the Shadows of the Rocky Mountains, has several episodes centering the intersectional lives women lead. Episodes such as Cathay Williams/William Cathay: Buffalo Soldier, Snake, Rattle & Roll, and Six Gay Weddings and a Horse are just some of the remarkable stories explored by the Lost Highways and they can all be accessed wherever you get your podcasts! 

Ongoing Exhibitions

  • The Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibitions at the History Colorado Center, Trinidad History Museum, and El Pueblo History Museum highlight the power and agency of women prior to the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, and how they continued to be community leaders despite having many of their rights revoked following the Treaty’s signing 
  • What's Your Story? at the History Colorado Center includes the stories of Colorado women like Amache Ochinee Prowers, Dana Crawford, Hattie McDaniel, and Rachel Noel, who found their superpowers and made an impact on the community, state, and nation
  • Zoom In at the History Colorado Center has 100 stories to tell–  including those which demonstrate women’s significant and ongoing contributions to Colorado’s history
  • El Movimiento in Colorado Stories at the History Colorado Center highlights Chicano/a/x activism including the struggle for labor rights, the Vietnam War, and more that took place in Colorado during the 60’s and 70’s 
  • The Dry: Black Women’s Legacy in a Farming Community at the History Colorado Center chronicles how, despite challenging conditions, the families of The Dry persevered on and transformed the landscape of southeast Colorado. On display until April 14, 2024, view the family photos and home videos from some of the families– and in particular the women– who forged a legacy of freedom, family and resilience
  • Winter Warriors: The 10th Mountain Division in World War II at the History Colorado Center introduces a new generation of Coloradans to this incredible story of ingenuity, perseverance, heroism, and sacrifice in a deeply personal way. Included in this exhibition are the amazing WWII contributions made by Deborah Bankhart Eddy, the “Donut Dollies” from the Red Cross, the Women’s Army Corps, and much more. Be sure to visit this massive feat of co-creation and community support before it leaves on October 12, 2024.

Additional information about History Colorado’s resources related to Women’s History can be found here.

New Exhibitions
“The Prayer Closet” Exhibit Opening by Artist Chloé Duplessis | Denver, CO

Center for Colorado Women’s History  | March 4 - 30
The Center for Colorado Women’s History invites visitors to experience and explore the collective story of sacred spaces through "The Prayer Closet." An original fiber art installation, created by Chloé Duplessis, "The Prayer Closet" honors and elevates the importance of sacred spaces and the power of prayer and will be an exclusive attraction included in the Center for Colorado Women’s History’s historic House Tours from March 4 - 30. 

Interested in learning more about the exhibition and Duplessis? Join the Center for Colorado Women’s History on March 6 for The Prayer Closet Artist Talk with Duplessis (Tickets $5-15) on her process and the significance of these sacred spaces. 

Rumors of Bloomers | Denver, CO
Center for Colorado Women’s History | Opens March 29
The Center for Colorado Women’s History newest exhibition, Rumors of Bloomers, explores women’s experiences as expressed through undergarments. Using rarely displayed objects – such as corsets, bloomers, swimming costumes, petticoats, and Mother Hubbard gowns – Rumors of Bloomers highlights the ways “unmentionables” have given form and shape to bodies, while also expressing identity, autonomy, agency, and protest. This unique display of artifacts intends for visitors to consider how women’s undergarments have liberated or controlled, enhanced or concealed, supported or restricted women while also uncovering mysteries, myths, and facts that have been historically kept under covers.

Danielle SeeWalker: But We Have Something to Say | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | Now On Display!
Danielle SeeWalker: But We Have Something to Say is a vivid exhibition that pairs the contemporary Native American art of Danielle SeeWalker (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe) with historic objects to explore issues important to Native American peoples and communities while also making visitors reconsider their preconceptions of Indigenous art. Featuring SeeWalker’s vibrant color palettes, expressionistic art strategies, and Lakota traditions, But We Have Something to Say creates a dynamic conversation between striking nineteenth-century hair ornaments, beaded spoons, historic documents and images, and moccasins in ways that illuminate censored and erased histories – creating on-ramps into complicated historical topics like assimilation, displacement, and erasure.

March Events
Trinidad History Museum Coffee & Conversation | Trinidad, CO

Trinidad History Museum | March 1, 8 – 10 a.m.
Start the first Friday of March with free coffee and tea! Held in Trinidad’s own Bloom Mansion, Coffee & Conversation provides space for necessary community gatherings. Join us, mingle with your community members, and meet the museum team to share your ideas, questions, and memories! We look forward to seeing you!

History Colorado Museum of Memory - Whittier Neighborhood | Denver, CO
Ford-Warren Branch Library | March 2, 1 – 4 p.m.
History Colorado’s latest Museum of Memory project highlights the Whittier Neighborhood. This 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. Participants are encouraged to bring up to 10 photos to share with the community and to scan into History Colorado’s Collection.

OLLI Class Series: The Wonders of Colorado’s Glacial Landscape | Fort Garland, CO
Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center | March 7, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join the staff at Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center for this interactive Zoom class inspired by the manuscript of a new book on the fascinating features and landforms found in Colorado's glacial landscape. The culmination of a three-and-a-half-year journey, this class includes a potpourri of some of the more interesting glacial, periglacial, proglacial, and paraglacial features you can explore on jaunts around Colorado. 

Participants of this free class will meet on site at the Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center to participate in this interactive Zoom Class.

WINTER WARRIORS A Film & Reflection on the 10th Mountain Division in World War II | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | March 7, 6 – 8 p.m.
Witness the 10th Mountain Division like never before! Join History Colorado and PBS12 for a screening and panel discussion – presented by Bank of America – of the film The Last Ridge: The Uphill Battles of the 10th Mountain Division. The Last Ridge documents the remarkable achievements of the group of soldiers whose work in the mountains of Italy not only helped the Allied forces during the Second World War, but also inadvertently changed the history of winter sports.

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion led by Dr. Chris Jurgens, Head of Curatorial Services and Anschutz Curator of Military History at History Colorado, on the significance of the 10th Mountain Division not only within Colorado’s history, but also the nation’s. 

For additional information and to register for this free event, please visit the event listing here. 

Irish Denver Bus Tour | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | March 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tickets ($100-$110) and additional information available here.
Get ready to shamrock and roll with a comprehensive tour of the profound and lasting impacts the Irish community has had on Denver. While you may know Margaret Brown and J.K. Mullen, this tour will undoubtedly help you discover more individuals whose stories add a layer of complexity to the dynamic tapestry of Denver’s history. For the bus tour, participants will be picked up and dropped off at the History Colorado Center. For tickets and additional information, please visit the event listing here

History Buff Day | Pueblo, CO
El Pueblo History Museum | March 9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
History Colorado’s iconic mascot, Billy the Bison, invites you and your family to a day full of exciting games, crafts, and exploration! Using your free History Buff membership, you’ll have access to the El Pueblo History Museum’s interactive exhibitions as well as kid-centered activities to celebrate History Buff Day. This event is free with general admission (and members like History Buffs are free), but plan on RSVPing in advance.

Have a Colorado fourth grader who isn’t a History Buff member yet? Sign up here for your free membership– granting you (and five other people) access to all History Colorado locations around the state! 

March Tea Party | Denver, CO
Trinidad History Museum | March 9, 2 – 4 p.m.
Tickets ($10-$15) and additional information available here.
It’s tea time! Join us for a tea party at Trinidad’s very own Bloom Mansion. Teas from the Trinidad Tea Company, accompanied with finger sandwiches and sweet treats, make for the perfect leisurely afternoon. Reservations are required in advance and will sell out quickly, so be sure to purchase your tickets online or by contacting Millie at or (719) 846-7217. 

Meditation to Start Your Week with Urban Sanctuary | Denver, CO
Center for Colorado Women’s History | March 10 & March 24, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tickets ($1-$15) and additional information are available here.
The Center for Colorado Women’s History invites you to an enriching meditation offered in partnership with Urban Sanctuary, Denver’s first Black women-run wellness studio located in the historic Five Points neighborhood. Happening on March 10 & 24, these events include an empowering guided 30-minute meditation in the historic house by practiced Urban Sanctuary facilitators to help you start your week with intention. Afterwards, guests are encouraged to enjoy cups of our museum’s revitalizing,signature Lady Lavender tea with notes of citrus, vanilla, and bergamot.

How-To: Caring for Family Photographs | Online
Online | March 12, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Tickets ($3-$5) and additional information available here.
Do you have a collection of family photographs that you want to last a lifetime? Join Amanda Vestal, associate collections manager at History Colorado, to learn more about caring for your family photos. Vestal will discuss topics such as storage environment, materials to use and avoid, and how to store different types of photographic mediums such as glass plate negatives, film negatives, and printed photographs. This workshop will be held online via Zoom, and advance registration is required, so please purchase your tickets in advance

Museum Basics: Working with Military Collections | Online
Online | March 13, 5 – 7 p.m.
Tickets ($25-$325) and additional information available here.
Join History Colorado’s museum professionals for a course covering the basics of working with military collections. From understanding veteran relations to working with uniforms and firearms, this comprehensive workshop is essential for anyone interested in curation. Ticketing options for the 2024 Museum Basics Series include discounted annual passes for students, tribal citizens, individuals, and institutions. For any questions or additional information, please contact Mark Nelson at or visit the event listing here

Vecinos Community Coffee | Fort Garland, CO
Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center | March 14, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center invites you to join them for warm beverages, good platica, and a conversation with neighbors. This is a free event to provide space for community sharing and gathering. This event is located in the Mess Hall at Fort Garland Museum with parking and an entrance available at the rear of the building.

Hands On History Family Day | Trinidad, CO
Trinidad History Museum | March 16, 12 – 3 p.m.
"Spring" into sports and their history during this fun-filled Saturday! Learn about baseball’s connection to Trinidad history, build a mini-version of your favorite sport, discover historic games and toys, and more! This event is free with activities for the whole family. No registration is required, but to learn more contact Millie at or 719-846-7217. 

Celtic Luck Charm Crafting Workshop | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | March 16, 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Tickets ($28-$35) and additional information available here. 
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, join the History Colorado Center to craft your very own Celtic luck charm! Whether you're drawn to history, seeking to honor your Celtic heritage, or simply looking to add a touch of magic to your life, this workshop offers a one-of-a-kind experience to learn history hands on. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit the event listing here. 

Paint Night at Fort Garland | Fort Garland, CO
Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center | March 16, 2 – 4 p.m.
Tickets ($25) and additional information available here
Explore some of the Centennial State’s historic places and iconic landmarks through art! Led by local artist and educator Taylor Hubbard, this relaxing painting experience brings the ‘Sun Over the Sangres’ right to your canvas. Perfect for date night or a catch-up with friends, Paint Night at Fort Garland is a great way to immerse yourself in Colorado's breathtaking and historic landscape. Tickets for this after-hours event will go quickly, so make sure to purchase yours today

Somos Agua (We are Water) Book Signing with Manuko G. Garcia | Pueblo, CO
El Pueblo History Museum | March 20, 5:30 p.m.
Join the El Pueblo History Museum for a signing of Manuko G. Garcia’s newest book, Somos Agua (We Are Water). At the signing, Garcia will read excerpts from her book, discuss the mural project of the same name that inspired the book, and how people of all ages can resonate with its messaging. Copies of Somos Agua (We Are Water) will be available in the bookstore.

14th Street: Living the High Life | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | March 22, 1 – 3 p.m.
Tickets ($30-$40) and additional information available here.
Before the affluent neighborhood of Capitol Hill– also known as Millionaire’s Row– came to be, Denver’s 14th Street was the first place to witness the rise of mansions, barouches, and lorgnettes. Though these feats of opulence no longer exist, the history remains as rich as ever. So, come along for this walking tour covering the whos, the whys, and the how much-es of Denver’s great 14th Street. To purchase your spot on the tour, or for additional information, please visit the event listing here

Askkanwii: Diasporic Community of Colorado Series #2 - Documentary and Community Workshop | Aurora, CO
Aurora History Museum | March 23, 5 – 7 p.m.
The Blaxplanation team invites you to a special screening of the coming-of-age documentary: Evalo. The second in a series of events created in close partnership with Askkanwii Film Hub and the Aurora History Museum, this screening is designed to inspire community, curiosity, and connection within the African diaspora present in Colorado. After the documentary screening, a community-centered workshop will be facilitated by the producer of the film. Space is limited, so please register for your free ticket at the event listing here

Is this North America? | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | March 26, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
History Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Map Society (RMMS), and founding member of RMMS, Don McGuirk, present a new perspective on “the most baffling [cartographic] problem” of its time: the early depictions of North America’s East Coast on maps dating from the early 1500s. Throughout McGuirk's discussion, he will examine the earliest World maps, present contemporary information, and argue that the geography presented is not North America but rather the earliest expression of an overestimated Cuba. To join McGuirk’s captivating discussion, please register for your free ticket in advance

Get Ready for Spring Wildflowers — a Photographic Journey | Montrose, CO
Ute Indian Museum | March 30, 10 – 11:15 a.m.
An opportunity to see wildflowers on the big screen? Unbe-leaf-able! Join Mary Menz and Jim Pisarowicz, a Colorado native plantmaster and an award-winning photographer respectively, as they share fun facts about local flora, how they have been used by the Ute people, and where you might find some yourself! After the presentation, Menz and Pisarowicz will be signing their books, Wildflowers of Colorado’s Western Slope and Common Wildflowers of the San Juan Mountains, both of which are available in the museum’s gift shop. 

Ostara to Easter: Natural Pigment Egg Dying | Denver, CO
History Colorado Center | March 30, 2 – 4 p.m.
Tickets ($20-$25) and additional information available here.
Embrace the incoming spring season through this workshop uncovering the historical roots of Ostara and Easter! During the workshop, participants will dye eggs utilizing natural pigments sourced from plants and fruits while using techniques reminiscent of those practiced for centuries. At the same time, our excellent and knowledgeable workshop guide will share intriguing tales and insights into the cultural significance of Ostara and Easter and how it has changed over time. Whether you're drawn to history, nature, or simply seeking a creative outlet, this workshop offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the timeless art of egg dyeing while gaining a deeper understanding of the cultural heritage behind this artistic practice.

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, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information. #HistoryColorado