Touring Colorado’s Collections: Shadows on the Plains

Today, Kit Carson County is probably best known as one of Colorado’s most productive agricultural counties, and as the home of the Kit Carson County Carousel – the oldest working carousel in the state and the only antique carousel in the country with original paint, but the history of the county and the region contains […]

Transcribing Women’s Suffrage in Colorado

Many libraries, archives and museums are supported by a volunteer workforce.  During this time of social distancing many of these volunteers are looking for ways to continue to support the institutions they love.  Digital volunteering is one way to do this while social distancing. History Colorado is excited to share a project that people can […]

Pedestrianism – A 19th Century Quirk for 21st Century Life?

Today – the first Wednesday in April – just so happens to be National Walking Day. It’s a timely marker of an activity that many are turning to in these days of social distancing. Walking, that most basic of transports, is not only good for you physically – lowering the risk of heart attack and […]

Help CHNC while Social Distancing and Win a Prize!

Do you find yourself suddenly looking for something to do to pass the time?  Maybe you’re looking for a momentary mental break. Or maybe you would like to learn a new skill while brushing up on your knowledge of Colorado history.  Consider becoming a Journeyman Editor and correcting text in the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection […]

Stories of Colorado: Social Distancing Diaries

Looking for an activity to keep you busy, and connect with friends and family? Consider creating an oral history via smartphone for the Stories of Colorado: Social Distancing Diaries collection. Stories of Colorado is an online collection of Colorado- related content, from individuals or institutions that do not have an online presence themselves, but have […]

How Gunnison Dealt with the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

The year was 1918 and the Spanish Flu pandemic was in full swing. The disease would, all told, claim many millions of lives, with an estimated half-billion cases. But, one small Colorado mountain county – namely Gunnison – had very few cases, at least for the first two waves of the Flu. According to the […]

Lucky Us! Temporary Newspaper Digitization Discount is Back

As part of a promotional effort, one of the digitization partners working with the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC)  is offering a limited time price reduction on the processing of TIF images to create the  OCR and METS/ALTO output needed for inclusion in the CHNC database, and we are passing […]

Colorado Libraries in the 2010s: Online Presence is Library’s E-Branch

Throughout January 2020, we will be taking a look back at the 10s and Teens in Colorado libraries. Our series continues today with Online Presense. Online Presence is Library’s E-Branch With societal increases in mobile technology and social media, more libraries were online in new ways. The Library Research Service report Trends in Colorado Public Library […]

CHNC and the Online Historic Newspaper Landscape

With over 1.7 million digitized pages representing nearly 400 newspaper titles stretching back to Colorado’s beginnings as a territory, the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is undoubtedly one of the best ways to research Colorado history, as well as broader history with a distinctly Coloradan flavor. There are other historical newspaper resources available online whose […]

Support is Here for Newspaper Digitization

CHNC New Content Support Program The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) is excited to announce that the 2020 program to support the addition of new historic news in the CHNC is now open for applications.  The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection New Content Support Program for newspaper digitization is designed to help cultural heritage organizations across […]

Impeachment: The View from Colorado’s Historic Newspapers

Whether it concerns moments in Colorado’s local history or happenings in the national arena or on the world stage, the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (CHNC) offers a distinctly Coloradan point of view of America’s rich history. The joy of the CHNC collection lies in the surprising things you are sure to find at every turn, […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: The Art of Eugene George Standingbear

This guest post was written by Bethany Williams, Collections Access Coordinator, History Colorado.  Content from “Between Two Worlds: The Life and Art of Eugene Standingbear”, Colorado Heritage, Sept/Oct 2014, by Alisa DiGiacomo, Director of Curatorial Services History Colorado is pleased to share the incredible artwork of Eugene George Standingbear (1906-1980) via the Plains to Peaks […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Clear Creek County Digital Collection

For a lot of Coloradans, Clear Creek County is a place that you spend a lot of time while you are on your way somewhere else. Tucked into the valley that I-70 weaves through just west of the Denver Metro area, the towns of Clear Creek are familiar because we’ve whooshed (if we’re lucky) by […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Early Denver Dental School Featured in Medical History Collection

This guest post was written by Paul Andrews, Collection Development Technician, The Strauss Health Sciences Library. The Strauss Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus recently shared a collection of medical lecture tickets with the Digital Public Library of America, or DPLA. Of particular interest, is a University of Denver Dental […]

“Let’s Share!” – Digital Creation Kits are Here!

Preservation through digital archive creation, and the ability to access archival materials plays a major role in how we understand the past. However, the selection of what is protected, maintained, and accessible is not always equitable because preservation and access in a digital environment requires equipment that is not financially accessible. In order to ensure […]

Our Historic Story Keeps Growing…..

The Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) recently grew to over 260,000 historic items now available for searching in the national platform – the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).  This growth is due, in large part, to our new partners the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS), the Louisville Historical Museum and the Ignacio […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Voices of Ignacio Digital Collection

If you haven’t spent time exploring the southwestern part of our state, you may not be familiar with Ignacio Colorado. Nestled in the southeast corner of La Plata county, Ignacio is a tri-ethnic community of about 800 people with a rich history and many stories to tell. Ignacio Community Library began the ‘Voices of Ignacio’ […]

Share Your Community’s Story Online with CVL-Collections

The Colorado State Library is pleased to announce the launch of the CVL-Collections program. This program was created to help libraries and cultural heritage organizations that want to share digital collections like yearbooks, photos, and oral history recordings online, but don’t have the resources to support a content management system (CMS) locally, and are not […]

Free Archives and Digital Collections 101 Workshop

The Colorado Historical Records Advisory Board (CHRAB), in partnership with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), invites you to attend a FREE, 2-day, Archives and Digital Collections 101 Workshop on September 10 and 11 at the Durango Public Library. What You Can Expect Day 1: September 10, 2019 9:00-12:00: Morning Session Archives 101:  […]

Free Learning Opportunity: Photogrammetry, a way to build 3D models

The University of Wyoming Libraries is bringing in three experts from Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI) to speak about photogrammetry Monday, May 20. The event, which is free and open to the public, is set for 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Room 506 of Coe Library. A 15-minute break will take place at 11:20 a.m. No registration […]