Objects of Survivance

A recent addition to our library collection is Objects of Survivance, a new book from University Press of Colorado that discusses the American Indian school experience. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a number of schools were set up on Indian reservations with the aim of assimilating Native American children into white society. […]

The Hope Diamond’s Colorado Connection

One of the world’s most famous diamonds has a Colorado connection. The dazzling blue Hope Diamond, weighing 45.52 carats, is now in the collection of the National Museum of Natural History. A century ago, however, the diamond was owned and worn by a Colorado mining heiress. The Hope Diamond has a long history. It was […]

Time Machine Tuesday: The Santa Fe Trail

During the nineteenth century the Santa Fe Trail played an important role in the westward expansion of the United States. Both a trade route and an emigrant road, the Santa Fe Trail traversed the southwest, originating in Missouri and traveling south to Santa Fe in Neuevo Mexico. Much of it passed through present-day Colorado. The […]

Vote for Colorado’s Most Significant Artifact

Libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies around the state hold amazing treasures in their collections, each contributing to the fabric of Colorado’s story. For the Colorado’s Most Significant Artifacts campaign, collecting institutions were invited to nominate one outstanding artifact from their collection. A panel of experts had the difficult task of narrowing the nominations down […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Lakewood Turns 50

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Lakewood’s incorporation as a city, but its history goes back much further than 1969. Homesteaders first settled the area more than a century before the incorporation. Lakewood’s oldest surviving building in its original location, the Stone House at 2900 S. Estes Street, was built in the early 1860s, […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Archaeology of Southwestern Colorado

In the summer of 1921, one of Colorado’s leading archaeologists, Jean Allard Jeançon, set out with a team of colleagues and students to explore and excavate the area near the San Juan mountains. For thousands of years, a variety of peoples and cultures made their home in the southwestern part of the state, leaving behind […]

State Capitol Tours

Summer is a great time to tour the State Capitol building. Whether you’re looking for a fun educational activity with your kids, or you’re just curious yourself, a tour of the Capitol is a great way to learn about Colorado’s history and government and enjoy the statehouse’s beautiful architecture. Each year, nearly 70,000 people tour […]

Colorado Beer and Breweries

Each year, Colorado produces nearly 1.8 million barrels of craft beer. We’re third in the nation for craft beer sales and production, says the Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, and home to more than 284 craft breweries. In many places around the state, brewing is an important part of the local economy. […]

Planning Your Summer Vacation?

It’s Memorial Day weekend, which many people consider to be the unofficial beginning of summer. Even though the weather has been more like winter than summer, warmer days are sure to come. So if you’re planning a Colorado trip this summer — whether it be for enjoying the outdoors, visiting historic sites, experiencing arts and […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Florissant Fossil Beds

This year, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Since the nineteenth century, scientists have regarded the Florissant beds as some of the richest deposits of fossils in the United States. 35 million years ago, a large lake covered much of the area that is now the monument. Because the area had […]

Time Machine Tuesday: The Colorado State Museum

Have you lived in Colorado long enough to remember when the State Museum was located at 14th and Sherman, in what is now the Legislative Services Building? The State Historical Society was established in 1879 and its earliest museum exhibits were located in the State Capitol. By the early 1900s, however, the Society wanted its […]

Navajo Textiles

One of the newer additions to our library collection is Navajo Textiles: The Crane Collection at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Published in 2017 by University Press of Colorado in conjunction with the museum, the book explores one of the world’s largest collections of Navajo textiles. “Bringing together the work of anthropologists and […]

The Dent Archaeological Site

Near Milliken, Colorado is the Dent Site, one of Colorado’s oldest and most significant archaeological sites.  It was discovered in 1932 by a railroad foreman, who spotted some very large bones sticking out of the mud near the railroad tracks.  Construction of the tracks, combined with heavy spring rains, had exposed a site that had […]

Time Machine Tuesday: Byers-Evans House Museum

Nestled between the looming structures of the Denver Art Museum is a hidden treasure, the Byers-Evans House Museum at 1310 Bannock Street.  Built in 1883 for Rocky Mountain News founder William Byers and owned for over 90 years by the Evans family, this lovely Italianate house is now a museum property owned by History Colorado.  […]

Vote for Colorado’s Most Significant Artifact

Now through November 17, you can vote for your favorite historic Colorado artifact or document as part of the Colorado Collections Connection’s campaign to highlight the importance of our state’s historic and cultural heritage.  Artifacts were nominated by their owning institution and include items from museums and libraries large and small.  The nominees come from […]

Museums and Galleries at Colorado’s Universities

Did you know that several Colorado universities have museums and art galleries open to the public?  Whether presenting student and faculty artworks, traveling shows, or natural history collections, Colorado’s university museums are worth visiting: Adams State University, Alamosa: Luther Bean Museum (history and culture of the San Luis Valley) Edward M. Ryan Geology Museum Cloyde […]

Colorado Artists

Our library collection contains a number of biographies on Colorado fine artists.  Titles of interest in our collection include: “The Art of ‘Nettie’ Bromwell,” by Maria Matthews, Colorado Heritage, Spring 1997. “C. Waldo Love:  Denver Artist,” by Stan Cuba, Colorado Heritage, Jan/Feb 2012. “The Cowboy, the Indian, and the Buckaroo:  Alexander Phimster Proctor in Colorado,” […]

Vote for Colorado's Most Significant Artifacts

Now through November 30, you can vote for Colorado’s Most Significant Artifacts.  This is the second annual campaign by Colorado Collections Connection (formerly Colorado Connecting to Collections, and of which the Colorado State Library is a part) that seeks to bring awareness to the unique treasures held in Colorado’s libraries, museums, and archives.  The artifacts […]