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Colorado Day

Today is the 131st anniversary of our state. President Ulysses S. Grant signed the proclamation admitting Colorado into the United States on August 1, 1876. To celebrate, the Colorado History Museum will have free admission today, and there will be a celebration at the Capitol from 10am – 6pm. While many people celebrate Colorado Day […]

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University Press of Colorado

The most-often requested title in our entire collection, by far, is the 2005 edition of Colorado: A History of the Centennial State. This is a book published by the University Press of Colorado. Because University Press is part of CU, the State Publications Library has titles pertaining to Colorado information published by UP of C. […]

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The Colorado Governor's Mansion

Colorado’s executive mansion at 8th and Logan streets on Capitol Hill is a beautiful home with a long history. It was built in 1907 and designed by the well-known architectural firm Marean and Norton. Walter Cheesman, one of Denver’s wealthiest businessmen who had made a fortune in real estate and utilities, commissioned the home, but […]

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Three Governors in One Day

The election is over and the state has chosen a new governor. Despite all the mudslinging, this year’s election was rather tame when compared to Colorado’s most controversial gubernatorial election, more than one hundred years ago. The 1904 election between Democrat Alva Adams and the incumbent, Republican James H. Peabody, was full of corruption on […]

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History of the State Penitentiary

I just finished reading Dick Kreck’s newest book, Anton Woode: The Boy Murderer, which tells the true story of an 11-year-old boy convicted of murder in 1892 and sentenced as an adult to the Colorado State Penitentiary in Canon City. While we don’t have the book in our library, we have many materials here on […]

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National Political Conventions

Lately there has been buzz about Colorado hosting the 2008 Democratic National Convention (see Denver Post, 6/22/06). Interestingly, the last time Colorado hosted the DNC was in 1908 – exactly 100 years before. That year, the Democrats nominated William Jennings Bryan, who had many friends and political allies in Denver. The convention was held at […]

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50th Anniversary of Interstate Highways 1956-2006

In the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1944, Congress acted on recommendations from Interregional Highways . The legislation called for designation of a National System of Interstate Highways, up to 40,000 miles in length, to connect principal metropolitan areas, cities, and industrial centers, to serve the National Defense, and to connect with routes of continental importance […]

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Colorado’s Constitution

CoSPL has many resources for researching the Colorado Constitution, including text of the Constitution itself (updated most years; current edition also available online) as well as some historical publications such as Proceedings of the Constitutional Convention Held in Denver, December 20, 1875, to Frame a Constitution for the State of Colorado (1907). Other Colorado Constitution […]

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Biographies…In State Documents?

Believe it or not, CoSPL’s collection contains a variety of biographies. We have many “real” published books, including those published by the University Press of Colorado and the Colorado Historical Society, and many of these are biographies. Do a keyword search in our catalog for biographies on important Colorado historical figures such as Hiram Bennet, […]

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Mining for Facts

Mining was one of the industries most important to shaping our state’s history and growth, and many Colorado mountain towns had their roots as mining towns. Precious metals, such as gold and silver, as well as other mineral resources, such as coal and molybdenum, were mined in Colorado, and, although on a smaller scale, are […]

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March: Women’s History Month

By Presidential Proclamation, March is designated Women’s History Month to honor the contributions that women have made in our society. Related titles in our collection offer some interesting reading on Colorado women. Here is a sampling, but search our catalog for many more titles! Colorado Women’s History: A Multicultural Treasury, 1985Long Vistas: Women and Families […]

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History of Education in Colorado

The State Publications Library, part of the Colorado Department of Education, has a wide variety of information pertaining to the history of education in Colorado. Resources include: –Reports of the Superintendent of Public Instruction back to territorial days –“Education in Colorado”, a chapter out of James Baker & Leroy Hafen’s 1927 History of Colorado, can […]