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 […]

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 […]

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’ […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Historical Publications from the State of Colorado

You may not realize that one of the State Library’s own divisions is a treasure trove of historical information on Colorado. The State Publications Library was founded in 1980 to ensure the accessibility of all state government publications in perpetuity. The library’s collection includes publications from every state agency, dating from Territorial days to the […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Greetings from Southwest Colorado!

Today quick messages and family updates are sent by text message, Facebook, Instagram or other social media posts.  But before social media and cell phones, postcards were the most popular way for friends and family to quickly and easily communicate with each other.  Even though postcards are not as widely used as they were during […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Pine River Library and the Stories of Bayfield, CO

A small town with a long history is a community with stories to tell; stories of hard times and harsh winters, but also of optimism and opportunity. Families who have lived for generations in Bayfield, Colorado are the keepers of their community’s stories and tell the tales of homesteaders, ranchers, farmers, and the railroad, to […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Cattlemen’s Days

Today Cattlemen’s Days, held in Gunnison, Colorado, is a celebration of Gunnison County’s rich ranching heritage.  Cattlemen’s Days is said to be Colorado’s oldest rodeo and the longest continuous running rodeo in the United States.  In the early 1880s, horsemen in the Gunnison area began to compete in riding and roping events.  These were usually […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Students Capture Routt County History

Recently the Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Tread of Pioneers Museum, both located in Steamboat Springs, partnered together to make an important local history collection, Three Wire Winter, available online to anyone anywhere.  Three Wire Winter was a magazine that captured and published oral histories of Routt County citizens. The publication was the team […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: A Partnership in Eagle County

Providing online access to a community’s history can be a difficult process.  Local history can be represented by artifacts, documents and photographs that can be scattered across different institution types. However, collaborations across institutions can make the process of bringing community history together easier.   The Eagle Valley Library District and the Eagle County Historical […]

Heroes Remember

In honor of Veterans Day, Touring Colorado’s Collections is highlighting Mesa County libraries collection, The Veterans Remember Project, that recently went online.  The Veterans Remember Project is part of the Mesa County Libraries 970West Digital Collection that “visually captures the unique aspects of life in western Colorado.”  The collection includes photographs, videos and artwork.  The […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Local History Told Through a Quilt

Typically historical collections made available online for research often come in the form of letters and photographs.  But history can be told through many different types of collection items, including three dimensional artifacts.  The Vail Public Library’s Vintage Vail Quilt is a perfect example of this.   The Vail Public Library recently put the Vintage Vail […]

Touring Colorado’s Collections: Remembering Salida

Colorado has a long and rich history. That history is often told through the unique collections held at libraries, archives and museums found throughout the state.  While the state is vast, fortunately many of these special collections can be found online.  In this new blog post series we’ll be highlighting some unique Colorado collections that […]