History Colorado has debuted an online archive of 1,300 pages of original Ku Klux Klan membership records from 1924 through 1926, previously on public display at the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver. History Colorado digitized the hate group’s ledgers, which include about 30,000 entries, to highlight the widespread racism built into the city’s political […]
Reimagining Denver’s Livestock Exchange Building means respecting its distinctive past
Back when Denver was a true cowtown and well over half a million cattle, sheep, hogs and horses moved through the city’s bustling livestock center each year, the Livestock Exchange Building was the grand red-brick heart of the city’s agricultural industry. With an $8.5 million sale that was finalized Monday, that ornate, turn-of-the-20th-century building is […]
History Colorado unveils the toppled Union soldier statue with an exhibit that seeks to tell its story. Its whole story.
The conversation started almost immediately. Three women, visitors to History Colorado’s downtown museum, happened by the statue of a Union soldier that had been defaced and pulled off its pedestal during a stretch of racial equality protests months ago in Denver. They quickly read several very different interpretations — representing historians, veterans, indigenous tribes and […]
Opinion: When it comes to COVID and the economy, history need not repeat itself
This is a unique moment in American history, for the nation is grappling simultaneously with a pandemic and an economic catastrophe. The study of past pandemics and economic collapses offers valuable lessons on how to deal with the current crises. As the cliché goes, to be forewarned is to be forearmed. In the case of […]
When the Union soldier fell at the Colorado Capitol, it may have started a chain reaction
When the statue of a Union soldier that stood on the west side of the state Capitol was toppled and defaced by protesters in June, it did more than reignite a long-running conversation about public monuments and their meaning. It also started a chain reaction that could add new dimension and additional context to the […]
In 1963, America didn’t listen to the “language of the unheard.” We can’t afford to fail this time.
Colorado’s Living History is a regular feature in The Colorado Sun, in collaboration with History Colorado, showcasing opinion pieces by members of the State Historian’s Council that connect history with current events. On the evening of July 12, 1967, in Newark, New Jersey, two white police officers badly beat a black cab driver named John […]
“Our” beloved Colorado: Race, privilege, and landscape in the state’s history
As we look forward to Colorado Day on Aug. 1, History Colorado asked each member of its State Historian’s Council to reflect on what “our beloved Colorado” means to them. Here, Jared Orsi reflects on who we mean — and who we exclude — when we say “our.” One-hundred-twenty-seven years ago last week, Katharine Lee […]
Polar Express rings in the holiday season, but wide-ranging themes power Colorado tourist trains year round
Nostalgia for trains years ago launched a scenic railroad industry across North America and savvy train owners now are adding themed excursions to extend the business season and bring in new customers Nowhere is that more apparent than in Colorado, where specialty trains have boosted revenues to maintain the rail lines that once served miners […]
Colorado’s plan to embed arts space into historic districts may be slow to take shape. But towns are fine with that.
TRINIDAD — When Colorado launched its ambitious Space to Create program, it wanted to have nine live-work projects flourishing within eight years. Four years in, just one is under construction and it will be next summer before anyone moves in. Yet those involved couldn’t be more excited about the prospects for the four rural communities […]
In contentious times, CU prof William Wei brings new perspective to the revamped role of Colorado’s state historian
As William Wei stands amid the museum exhibit he helped conceive, a collection of 100 Colorado historical artifacts at the History Colorado Center dubbed “Zoom In,” someone asks him to pick out his favorite. He doesn’t consider the question long. He walks directly to where two sturdy wooden containers sit side by side. Assembled one […]