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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]