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Through the end of January, History Colorado's museums are offering free general admission to all federal employees impacted by the furlough and their families when they show their government ID in person at any of our museums.
Our Buildings and Exhibits
How We Play Ball: Baseball in Trinidad is the Bloom Mansion’s first-ever temporary exhibit. Meant to honor the baseball heritage of Trinidad, visitors can look at baseball in the coal camps and the trolley leagues, then move forward in time to celebrate the Trinidad State Junior College Trojans, the Trinidad Miners and the Triggers. Exhibit is on view through September 14, 2018.
The Bloom Mansion is an outstanding example of ornate Second Empire architecture constructed in 1882. The friendly and knowledgeable staff relate information about the Bloom family and the rooming house phase of the mid-twentieth century.
The Baca House is temporarily closed for renovation. The museum has closed the two-story adobe Baca House to rebuild the back porch and secure the foundation. The house will reopen when work is complete.
In 1873, Felipe and Dolores Baca traded 22,000 pounds of wool for an unusual adobe house built for Santa Fe Trail entrepreneur John Hough. The Baca House boasts two stories, a widow's walk, and Greek architectural details. Colorful Rio Grande textiles, Victorian furniture, and other period furnishings evoke the lifestyle of this prominent family.
Santa Fe Trail Museum
The Santa Fe Trail Museum displays historic photographs, commercial goods, and family heirlooms from Trail days through Trinidad's heyday at the turn of the century. A fringed buckskin coat that Kit Carson gave to a pioneer mayor is a local treasure.
Four Doric columns and a Greek pediment porch frame the entrance to the Barglow Building, built in 1906 as a medical office and family apartment. Today the building houses the Davenport Gallery, Book and Gift Shop, Ticket Office, Education Center, and Colorado Byways and Tourist Information Center.
Baca-Bloom Heritage Gardens
Colorful Victorian flowers, antique roses and grape vines adorn the Bloom yard where you can relax with a game of croquet. Heirloom herbs and vegetables flourish in the Southwest Kitchen Garden and Annual Ethnic Garden. Native flowers, cacti and grasses thrive throughout the heritage gardens. This oasis in the city is a Plant Select site featuring water-wise plants certified for Colorado’s climate.
Tribal Paths Online Exhibit
This online exhibit looks at major events in the history of American Indians in Colorado over the past five centuries—trade networks; encounters with newcomers; the removal of tribes to reservations; the children’s experience with boarding schools; and the American Indian civil rights movement.
History Take Out
Moving Day: Colorado Culture. Using objects, photos, and a large walk-on map of the state, students will learn about different cultural groups from Colorado history including the Ute, miners, ancestral Puebloans, and mountain men.
Western Work: Colorado Industries of the Past. Students will engage with some objects and become "entrepreneurs" in some of Colorado's most important industries. Western Work meets economic, history and geography standards and encourages students to explore natural, capital, and human resources through a historical lens.
For more information call Abigail Melton at 719-846-7217.
On-street parking is available throughout the area.
The Book and Gift Shop features books about the history of Trinidad and nearby communities, the Santa Fe Trail, Hispanic culture, and gardening as well as a selection of cookbooks, southwestern literary classics, and children’s books (including Spanish-English books). The Museum Shop also carries gift items made in Colorado, including Trinidad, and offers free gift wrapping.
The Baca-Bloom Heritage Gardens offer a beautiful setting for any event. Gardens, lawns, and a quaint apple orchard create an oasis around the Bloom Mansion, an ornate Victorian home built in 1882. Century-old trees and a colorful array of pink hollyhocks, blue columbines, orange trumpet vines, and other seasonal blossoms make this a unique setting.
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