We’re bringing our popular Colorado history field trips right to you! This year, History Colorado will provide virtual field trips that explore the state’s history, people, and environment in fun and educational ways. Aligned with Colorado Academic Standards, the programs are taught by our talented educators in History Colorado museums all over the state. These virtual programs are virtually free—tuition assistance is available, and rates are $2 or less per student—and begin in October 2020.
Why History Colorado?
History education has the power to transform lives and strengthen communities. Our virtual field trips remove distance as a barrier, enabling students and teachers to explore five different museums from across Colorado, each with their own stories and educational experiences.
Each field trip will bring the past to life. Through the power of their own inquiry, students will uncover the legacies of their communities that have shaped—and continue to influence—our Centennial State.
Cost: $2 per student; teaching staff free; Title I schools $1 per student. Tuition assistance is available. Duration: 40 minutes Times: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Below is the weekly schedule for when each museum will have available sessions. Please register ASAP — at least one week prior to your first session. Space is limited.
Nuuche (Ute) Arts & Culture
This tour of the Ute Indian Museum looks at the heritage of the Nuuche (Ute) people and celebrates their continuing legacy. (4th grade and up.)
For more on Ute science, technology, engineering, and math, please check out History Colorado Center’s Written on the Land: Ute Science program.
In this program, students look at the traces left behind by early Colorado people through the lens of an archaeologist and have the opportunity to learn the importance of heritage conservation. (2nd-6th grades.)
For more on archaeology, please check out El Pueblo History Museum’s Dig Site Tour program.
Explore the many uses of a bison in Ute culture with objects and stories. (2nd-4th grades.)
El Pueblo History Museum
Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Trading Post Tour
Students virtually visit the replica of El Pueblo Trading Post, located on the property of the original site. Along with a living history tour guide, students will interact with history and explore daily life in the Colorado frontier of the 1800s. (3rd-6th grades)
Children of Ludlow
Children of Ludlow is an award-winning exhibit that examines the Colorado Coalfield Strike and Ludlow Massacre. Students witness through the eyes of the more than 9,000 children who endured the strike. (4th-8th grades)
For more on Ludlow, please check out Trinidad History Museum’s Ludlow and the Struggle for Autonomy program.
Borderlands of Southern Colorado
The Arkansas River in Colorado (or Rio Nepesta) once carved the border between the United States and Mexico. El Pueblo History Museum marks the site of the original El Pueblo, established in 1842 along the border, and is well situated to tell the stories of the Borderlands of Southern Colorado. Students explore the Borderlands through artifacts, documents, and photos to better understand the everyday convergences of cultural and ethnic borders.
Dig Site Tour
Students develop critical thinking about the past while being introduced to experimental archaeology. This field trip includes a tour of an actual archaeological dig in the El Pueblo Archaeology Pavilion. Together, students will explore different artifacts from various cultures. (3rd-5th grades.)
For more on archaeology, please check out the Ute Indian Museum’s Jr. Archaeologist program.
Trinidad History Museum
Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Baca & Bloom Tour
Learn about Trinidad’s early history through the lens of two prominent Trinidad families: the Baca family and the Bloom family. This is a recorded tour through the Baca House and Bloom Mansion. Students will learn about the families, sheep, and cattle ranching, and household artifacts. A live discussion can follow. (3rd-5th grades)
Borderlands of Southern Colorado: Remedios, Medicine, and Health
Students explore health and wellness in the Borderlands of Southern Colorado. Topics will include herbal remedies, curanderos, midwifery, and introductions to trans health and wellness, and the relationship between access to medicine and mining camps. (3rd–8th grades)
Trans Health and Wellness in Trinidad
Trinidad holds an important spot in Trans/LGBTQ* history. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Stanley Biber and later Dr. Marci Bowers, Trinidad became known for gender confirmation surgeries. In this program, students learn about the transgender experience in America, related terminology, and why this oft-forgotten aspect of Trinidad’s history is so important. (5th-8th grades)
Ludlow and the Struggle for Autonomy
At Ludlow, and other mining camps, the mining company controlled many aspects of workers’ lives. Paid in company script, they had to buy their necessities from company-owned stores. This extended to health as well, as the mining companies employed the doctors that the workers saw. This program delves into the relationship between the struggle for better working conditions and the issues that arise when one’s physician answers to the company one works for. (4th-8th grades)
For more on Ludlow, please check out El Pueblo History Museum’s Children of Ludlow program.
Center for Colorado Women's History
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Take your students back to 1918 Denver when World War I, the Spanish Flu, and women’s suffrage dominated the newspaper headlines. In this virtual field trip students explore these topics and everyday life in 1918-20 Denver within our restored house museum. Students will navigate areas of the house museum with inquiry-based exploration, demonstrations of everyday historic items, and biographies of the historic residents of 1310 Bannock Street. (3rd-4th grades)
History Colorado Center
Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Thursdays at 1 p.m.
Written on the Land: Ute Science
How have Ute people used science, technology, engineering and math to thrive in Colorado? Students explore the Written on the Land: Ute Voices, Ute History exhibit to see Ute structures, beadwork, and baskets, then test materials to see how Ute people solved problems in the past and still do today. (3rd-5th grades)
For more on Ute people, arts, and culture, please check out the Ute Indian Museum’s programs!
Thriving and Striving: Mesa Verde
Where did Ancestral Pueblo people find water in the desert? Students tour the Mesa Verde exhibit to search for natural resources that they used to thrive in the southwestern corner of Colorado. (3rd-5th grades)
Homesteading and the Dust Bowl
Why did people move to places like Keota and Baca County? Students explore the Keota exhibit to discover how life in the 1920s was different from today--and what life was like during the Dust Bowl years for homesteaders on the Eastern Plains. (3rd-5th grades)
Colorado Industries of the Past
What does it take to build a state? Students explore the people and places of Colorado through the history of structures and industries that helped to build and grow our beautiful state. (3rd-5th grades, Thursdays only)
Japanese Internment in Colorado
What was life like for Japanese Americans who were forced to live at Amache? Students tour the barracks replica and examine objects that could have belonged to a family who was interned there to learn about the lived experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II. (3rd-5th grades.)
Refuge from Racism: Lincoln Hills
What did African Americans do at the resort town of Lincoln Hills? Students visit the Lincoln Hills exhibit to learn about why African Americans established this mountain haven in the 1920s as an escape from racism and a place for recreation. (3rd-5th grades)
Art As Activism: El Movimiento and Hecho en Colorado
Students will hear from Chicano/Mexican artists about their work, and explore the connections between art, the Chicano Rights Movement of the 1960s, and the community today. (3rd grade-High School)
Who Gets To Vote?
Students in Fall 2020 explore the Smithsonian’s American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith traveling exhibit to discuss what it means to have the right to vote and to meaningfully participate in a democratic society. Students will also have opportunities to examine what contemporary artists have to say around the Indigenous identity, Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms, and women who have made an impact throughout history by “Behaving Badly.” (Middle and High School.)
For more on women’s suffrage specifically, please check out the 1918 program offered by the Center for Colorado for Women’s History!