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History Colorado Center

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The History Colorado Center's hands-on and high-tech exhibits take you back in time, connecting what was to what's next. They're unexpected, thought-provoking and relevant. And most of all, fun!

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  • Hours: Open daily: 10am-5pm
  • Miles to airport: 24
  • Blocks to CCC: 5
  • Miles to CCC: 1.2
  • Indoor Fire Code: 4000
  • Total Capacity (if applicable): 2094
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Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Total Sq. Ft. 17000
  • Catering In-house or preferred list
  • Type of Venue Gallery/Museum
  • Type of Event Reception, Banquet, Meeting Theatre , Tradeshow/Expo, Meeting Classroom
  • Number of Rooms 7
Lobby
  • Reception Capacity: 300
Classroom A
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 582
  • Theater Capacity: 48
  • Classroom Capacity: 35
  • Banquet Capacity: 35
  • Reception Capacity: 48
Classroom B
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 582
  • Theater Capacity: 48
  • Classroom Capacity: 35
  • Banquet Capacity: 35
  • Reception Capacity: 48
Classroom C
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 582
  • Theater Capacity: 48
  • Classroom Capacity: 35
  • Banquet Capacity: 35
  • Reception Capacity: 48
Classroom A & B (combo)
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1084
  • Theater Capacity: 72
  • Classroom Capacity: 48
  • Banquet Capacity: 48
  • Reception Capacity: 72
The Lanny and Sharon Martin Foundation Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1980
  • Theater Capacity: 120
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Banquet Capacity: 120
  • Reception Capacity: 134
Main Floor Auditorium
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 4353
  • Theater Capacity: 384
  • Classroom Capacity: 200
  • Banquet Capacity: 250
  • Reception Capacity: 384
Anschutz Hamilton Hall
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 7289
  • Theater Capacity: 400
  • Classroom Capacity: 200
  • Banquet Capacity: 400
  • Reception Capacity: 532
MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation Terrace Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 4846
  • Theater Capacity: 200
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Banquet Capacity: 244
  • Reception Capacity: 400
Terrace
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1713
  • Banquet Capacity: 128
  • Reception Capacity: 128

Events

Backstory: Western American Art in Context
Mar 18, 2017 - Feb 11, 2018

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The exhibition is a masterful pairing of world class art and unique artifacts. Visitors will be captivated by the beauty, wonder and rich stories waiting to be uncovered.

Backstory: Western American Art in Context <p>The exhibition is a masterful pairing of world class art and unique artifacts. Visitors will be captivated by the beauty, wonder and rich stories waiting to be uncovered.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Join birder Norm Lewis as we head east to the little city of Karval for the Mountain Plover Festival. This fascinating bird is just one of the beauties you’ll get to enjoy as migrations bring many wings into the state. With presentations, walks,...

Birders Unite! Mountain Plover Festival and the Eastern Plains <p>Join birder Norm Lewis as we head east to the little city of Karval for the Mountain Plover Festival. This fascinating bird is just one of the beauties you’ll get to enjoy as migrations bring many wings into the state. With presentations, walks, beautiful views and meals to keep us nourished, the festival is a real treat for anyone who loves the natural world. While we’re heading east, we’ll take the opportunity to visit some of the smaller history museums in the area. The mornings will be early, but Nature keeps her own clock. Lincoln County awaits!</p> <p><span>Space is limited. Includes bus transportation, two nights’ lodging in Limon, five meals, expert birding guide and all museum and festival entries.</span></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Cherry Creek Dance Performing Company will be at the museum showcasing some of their best dances. They'll perform first, and then teach a few dance essentials to anyone who wants to dance.

Cherry Creek Dance Performance <p>Cherry Creek Dance Performing Company will be at the museum showcasing some of their best dances. They'll perform first, and then teach a few dance essentials to anyone who wants to dance.</p> <p> </p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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For many, 'environmentalism' is a bad word, threatening people's jobs while creating inconvenience and guilt. In honor of Earth Day, we hope to address these perceptions. Join award-winning artist and musician Laurie Dameron for her multimedia...

Earth Day in Colorado: What Can I Do? <p>For many, 'environmentalism' is a bad word, threatening people's jobs while creating inconvenience and guilt. In honor of Earth Day, we hope to address these perceptions. Join award-winning artist and musician Laurie Dameron for her multimedia production of simple ideas that will help you see how to better the world while still working within the possibilities available to us today. Winner of numerous awards for her artistic work on behalf of the world we all call home, Dameron's words will inspire you to find what changes are within your reach and comfort zone, allowing you to make a difference by taking simple actions. Through a unique lecture that also includes some live music, this program will illustrate how we can bring about a new springtime together.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

Sydney Sayles
Apr 23, 2017 - Apr 30, 2017

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Wandering the Destination Colorado exhibit? Look out for Sydney Sayles. Be wary of Sydney Sayles; he’s a slick traveling tonic salesman who visits railroad towns on the high plains selling his own brand of healing elixirs. In the re-created town of...

Sydney Sayles <p>Wandering the Destination Colorado exhibit? Look out for Sydney Sayles.</p> <p>Be wary of Sydney Sayles; he’s a slick traveling tonic salesman who visits railroad towns on the high plains selling his own brand of healing elixirs. In the re-created town of Keota in the 1920s, Sayles makes a compelling pitch: By restoring people’s ability to walk, he begins to convince the crowd of the power of his healing tonics. However, it’s not long before the recently passed Food and Drug Act is brought up, and he quickly dashes out of town. Actor Hugo Sayles always draws a crowd in the Destination Colorado gallery, and light-heartedly explains the complexity of enforcing new legislation to protect customers and control product ingredients.</p> <p> </p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Join us as we celebrate Día del Niño at the History Colorado Center and the Byers Evans House Museum. We'll celebrate children with performances, hands-on activities and more!

Día del Niño - History Colorado <p>Join us as we celebrate Día del Niño at the History Colorado Center and the Byers Evans House Museum. We'll celebrate children with performances, hands-on activities and more!</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
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After its founding, Denver’s growth was meteoric. Countless historic places were lost, the idea of historic preservation not arriving until the 1960s. Despite all that was lost, the city has moved forward to save what’s left with typical bravado....

Saving Place: Denver’s Historic Districts by Bus <p><span>After its founding, Denver’s growth was meteoric. Countless historic places were lost, the idea of historic preservation not arriving until the 1960s. Despite all that was lost, the city has moved forward to save what’s left with typical bravado. We’ll explore the history of historic preservation itself, seeing big districts with many sites and a few of the smallest of all. From urban to rural, Denver’s preserving what it can, and many sites are right next door. Come tip your hat to what’s been saved and learn about the fights still in store. You’ll be a historic district aficionado.</span></p> America/North_Dakota/Center

HISTORY COLORADO STORY TIME
Feb 1, 2017 - Dec 6, 2017

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Looking for activities for your toddler? Bring your 2– 5 year olds for morning story time in our Destination Colorado exhibit and learn about farms, cowboys, and animals. We’ll read a story, then have playtime in the exhibit before the museum...

HISTORY COLORADO STORY TIME <p>Looking for activities for your toddler? Bring your 2&#8211; 5 year olds for morning story time in our Destination Colorado exhibit and learn about farms, cowboys, and animals. We’ll read a story, then have playtime in the exhibit before the museum opens.</p> <p>Story Time takes place the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30am.</p> <p>2017 dates are :</p> <p>January 4, 2017<br />February 1, 2017<br />March 1, 2017<br />April 5, 2017<br />May 3, 2017<br />June 7, 2017<br />July 5, 2017<br />August 2nd, 2017<br />September 6, 2017<br />October 4th, 2017<br />November 1, 2017<br />December 6, 2017</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
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Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for a slide show and walking tour of Baron Walter von Richthofen’s Montclair Town, a model suburban escape from the big city. Richthofen’s 35-room castle stands as the centerpiece of this eclectic and popular...

Strolling Historic Montclair <p>Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for a slide show and walking tour of Baron Walter von Richthofen’s Montclair Town, a model suburban escape from the big city. Richthofen’s 35-room castle stands as the centerpiece of this eclectic and popular neighborhood—once dominating the open prairie skyline. Tom is a Montclair resident himself and author of two books about the area. He’ll treat us to a walking tour of this health spa that became one of Denver’s first historic districts.</p> <p> <em>Provide your own transportation to starting location.</em></p> <div><em><br /></em></div> America/North_Dakota/Center

Ignite Nite: Bison2
May 9, 2017

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Bison2: From Colorado’s historic bison drives to bison stew, explore our national mammal, and unpack the icon of Bison. Ignite!Nite pairs interesting ideas with interesting people in a new after-hours experience. Bring a friend and join us for a...

Ignite Nite: Bison2 <p>Bison2: From Colorado’s historic bison drives to bison stew, explore our national mammal, and unpack the icon of Bison.</p> <p>Ignite!Nite pairs interesting ideas with interesting people in a new after-hours experience. Bring a friend and join us for a unique exploration of History Colorado’s stories including our newest exhibition, Backstory. Unlock your inner history geek with a blend of live music, theater performances, conversation, artist and cooking demonstrations, DIY crafts and exhibition tours. Toss in a cash bar, tasty grub and a whole lot of Colorado spirit and you’ve got a history museum adventure!</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Once at the very heart of the “richest square mile on earth,” Central City has had a diverse and memorable connection to our state’s history. Join us for a walking tour of the stories and structures of Central City, some of them predating the Great...

Shining Bright: Historical Treasures of Central City <p>Once at the very heart of the “richest square mile on earth,” Central City has had a diverse and memorable connection to our state’s history. Join us for a walking tour of the stories and structures of Central City, some of them predating the Great Fire of 1874. Along the way, we’ll see where History Colorado’s preservation dollars have made an impact on keeping Central City shining for another century. From the famous Face on the Barroom Floor to the beautiful things brought forth from gold, it’s a winning bet for all.</p> <p>Provide your own transportation to starting location.</p> <p> </p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Hands on History/Art brings art making demonstrations to the History Colorado Center the second Saturday of each month. This month will feature a cowboy themed still life. Artist Raj Chaudhuri will start with a set up the still life and begin the...

Hands on History/Art: Cowboy Still Life <p>Hands on History/Art brings art making demonstrations to the History Colorado Center the second Saturday of each month. This month will feature a cowboy themed still life. Artist Raj Chaudhuri will start with a set up the still life and begin the painting process, explaining the choices artists make while painting.</p> <p> </p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Join a knowledgeable guide for an hour long tour of the historic Byers-Evans House, then enjoy a three course tea with fresh fruit, scones, tea sandwiches and desserts. All food is prepared off-site by a caterer. Limited food restrictions can be...

Spring Tea at the Byers-Evans House <p>Join a knowledgeable guide for an hour long tour of the historic Byers-Evans House, then enjoy a three course tea with fresh fruit, scones, tea sandwiches and desserts. All food is prepared off-site by a caterer. Limited food restrictions can be accommodated and special requests must be made at the time reservations are made.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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We’re finishing our circle around Colorado’s borders and we’ve saved the best neighbor for last. For Kansas, the secret lies in getting off the interstate and exploring the byways—where history, beauty, architecture and surprises lie in wait for the...

Incredible Land of Ahhhs! Western Kansas Highlights <p>We’re finishing our circle around Colorado’s borders and we’ve saved the best neighbor for last. For Kansas, the secret lies in getting off the interstate and exploring the byways—where history, beauty, architecture and surprises lie in wait for the savvy traveler. From the fascination of the “They Also Ran” Gallery, highlighting all the people who ran for president and lost, to the study of Tornado Alley and everything in between, we’ll see a little of everything. Where in the world was Dorothy so eager to return to? Why, Kansas! Don’t let the interstate fool you into missing it!</p> <p><em>Includes four nights’ lodging, bus transportation, guides, entrance fees and five meals including a welcome dinner.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center

Meet a Buffalo Soldier
May 20, 2017 - Jul 20, 2017

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The first peacetime all African American units formed after the Civil War became known as Buffalo Soldiers. Tim Johnson portrays Sgt. Jack Hackett, a Buffalo Soldier. Come ask him your questions about the life of a soldier in the late 1800s.

Meet a Buffalo Soldier <p>The first peacetime all African American units formed after the Civil War became known as Buffalo Soldiers. Tim Johnson portrays Sgt. Jack Hackett, a Buffalo Soldier. Come ask him your questions about the life of a soldier in the late 1800s.</p> <p> </p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Using Broadway and Colfax to divide the city into quadrants, the area that makes up northeast Denver contains some of the oldest neighborhoods that emanated out from a growing central business district. Northeast Denver was once the suburbs of a much...

Northeast Denver: Meadows to Mansions <p>Using Broadway and Colfax to divide the city into quadrants, the area that makes up northeast Denver contains some of the oldest neighborhoods that emanated out from a growing central business district. Northeast Denver was once the suburbs of a much smaller Denver.</p> <p>Today, this part of the city contains vast stretches of original 19thcentury Victorian homes and much newer subdivisions that came to full bloom in the 20th century such as Park Hill. Join historian Amy Zimmer, author of Denver’s Historic Homes and Lost Denver, for a look at the fancy homes, movers and shakers and the built environment of northeast Denver. Making a strong case for the importance of historic preservation, Amy will focus part of her lecture on what managed to survive for posterity in this part of town.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Join experts from History Colorado’s Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for a guided hike through important archaeological sites in Jefferson County’s South Valley Park open space. The Hogbacks along the Front Range provide...

Dig It! Hike with the State Archaeologist <p>Join experts from History Colorado’s Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for a guided hike through important archaeological sites in Jefferson County’s South Valley Park open space. The Hogbacks along the Front Range provide archaeologists many opportunities to learn about prehistoric lifeways in Colorado. This hike will visit some of these sites and explore the rich cultural history of early inhabitants before American settlement. You’ll learn how different types of artifacts help inform us about our shared past. The beautiful Ken Caryl Valley has many surprises in store, so grab your hiking boots and let’s go!</p> <p>Space is limited. Provide your own transportation to starting point and pack a picnic lunch.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

Memorial Day Living History Encampment
May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017

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Throughout the weekend the Fort Garland Memorial Regiment will present activities and displays depicting 19th century garrison life at Fort Garland.

Memorial Day Living History Encampment <p><span>Throughout the weekend the Fort Garland Memorial Regiment will present activities and displays depicting 19th century garrison life at Fort Garland.</span></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Eleven of Colorado’s 26 byways carry the title of “America’s Byways,” as designated by the US Department of Transportation—giving Colorado more nationally designated scenic drives than any other state. Join us for an exploration of the Frontier...

Southern Colorado’s Frontier Pathways Trek <p>Eleven of Colorado’s 26 byways carry the title of “America’s Byways,” as designated by the US Department of Transportation—giving Colorado more nationally designated scenic drives than any other state. Join us for an exploration of the Frontier Pathways Scenic Byway, where countless generations of travelers, from the Ute to Spanish and American explorers, left their marks. Historic buildings line the route, signs of forgotten cattle empires and the days of mining. From our starting point in Pueblo we’ll see Westcliffe, Rye and more, all under the shining glory of the Wet Mountains.</p> <p>Includes two nights’ lodging, bus transportation, guides, entrance fees and two meals including a welcome dinner.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

Hands on History/Art: Cowboy Still Life
Jun 10, 2017 - Aug 12, 2017

  • Image 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
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Hands on History/Art brings art making demonstrations to the History Colorado Center the second Saturday of each month. This month will feature a cowboy themed still life. Artist Raj Chaudhuri will start with a set up the still life and begin the...

Hands on History/Art: Cowboy Still Life <p>Hands on History/Art brings art making demonstrations to the History Colorado Center the second Saturday of each month. This month will feature a cowboy themed still life. Artist Raj Chaudhuri will start with a set up the still life and begin the painting process, explaining the choices artists make while painting.</p> <p> </p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Join us for the reopening of History Colorado's Community Museum, Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, Colorado on June 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The expanded facility will include new exhibits will help make connections between past and contemporary Ute...

Ute Indian Museum Grand Opening <p>Join us for the reopening of History Colorado's Community Museum, Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, Colorado on June 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The expanded facility will include new exhibits will help make connections between past and contemporary Ute life and culture and the Ute peoples’ history of adaptation and persistence.</p> <p>The expanded Museum will also include a Colorado White Pine timber structure, a patio with stunning views of the San Juan Mountains, beautiful curved walls and vibrant colors that represent Ute tribal identity and expanded rental spaces and will continue to be available to the community as a regional gathering place.</p> <p> </p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Cherry Creek’s quiet path through southeast Denver belies its early status as a primary wagon road into downtown Denver. The Four Mile House stands as a remnant of this long ago past. As the city has grown and absorbed much of the former towns and...

Southeast Denver: Pioneers to Parks <p>Cherry Creek’s quiet path through southeast Denver belies its early status as a primary wagon road into downtown Denver. The Four Mile House stands as a remnant of this long ago past. As the city has grown and absorbed much of the former towns and lands on either side of the creek, new vibrancy has appeared in places nearby such as the Cherry Creek Shopping Center and neighborhood. To the west, the popular Washington Park area remains one of the most energetic neighborhoods in southeast Denver. Join Stephen H. Hart Library Director Laura Ruttum Senturia for an exploration of early southeast Denver. Laura is also excited to welcome folks from Denver’s Knotty Tie Company to showcase their collection of original neighborhood-themed accessories, such as the Cherry Creek Herringbone Tie and the Wash Park Toile Scarf.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center

Ignite Nite: Duel
Jun 13, 2017

  • Image 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
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From Colorado’s historic bison drives to bison stew, explore our national mammal, and unpack the icon of Bison. Ignite!Nite pairs interesting ideas with interesting people in a new after-hours experience. Bring a friend and join us for a unique...

Ignite Nite: Duel <p>From Colorado’s historic bison drives to bison stew, explore our national mammal, and unpack the icon of Bison.</p> <p>Ignite!Nite pairs interesting ideas with interesting people in a new after-hours experience. Bring a friend and join us for a unique exploration of History Colorado’s stories including our newest exhibition, Backstory. Unlock your inner history geek with a blend of live music, theater performances, conversation, artist and cooking demonstrations, DIY crafts and exhibition tours. Toss in a cash bar, tasty grub and a whole lot of Colorado spirit and you’ve got a history museum adventure!</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
  • Image 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
  • Image $42 - $54

The vision of those who platted Denver called for magnificent ribbons of green connecting every corner of the city. While those grand visions didn’t come to full fruition, there are islands and byways of green all around the city that aren’t as well...

The Green Gems Among Us: Denver’s Unknown Parks <p>The vision of those who platted Denver called for magnificent ribbons of green connecting every corner of the city. While those grand visions didn’t come to full fruition, there are islands and byways of green all around the city that aren’t as well known as the popular jewels of City and Washington Parks. What about Pferdestellar, Garfield and Ben Bezoff? We’ll explore some of the lesser-known oases within Denver, from tiny neighborhood pocket parks to much-beloved acreages bringing respite to everyone. Get out into Denver’s green spaces, and breathe in the parks’ wonderful surprises.</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation. Pack your own meal to enjoy in the park!</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center

Low Sensory Morning
Jun 17, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017

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The History Colorado Center is happy to open its doors exclusively for families that prefer a lower sensory environment. The museum will be closed to the general public, attendance limited, and the sound in exhibits turned down. Come and enjoy!...

Low Sensory Morning <p>The History Colorado Center is happy to open its doors exclusively for families that prefer a lower sensory environment. The museum will be closed to the general public, attendance limited, and the sound in exhibits turned down. Come and enjoy!</p> <p>Admission is free and space limited.</p> <p>*RSVP required.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Feel the excitment as a team of talent jump ropers dazzle with their tricks and twirls of the rope.

Jumping Eagles Jump Rope Performance <p>Feel the excitment as a team of talent jump ropers dazzle with their tricks and twirls of the rope.</p> <p> </p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Join us to explore the riches of the Four Corners. Dr. Andrew Gulliford of Fort Lewis College will share rare insights from his many years of working with the people and places of the region. We’ll showcase the area’s past inhabitants and those who...

Four Corners Focus: A Regional Exploration <p>Join us to explore the riches of the Four Corners. Dr. Andrew Gulliford of Fort Lewis College will share rare insights from his many years of working with the people and places of the region. We’ll showcase the area’s past inhabitants and those who now proudly call it home. Highlights include visits to Aztec Ruins National Monument, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Lake Powell, the Code Talker Memorial, trading posts, fantastic views and much more. Four states’ worth of fun!</p> <p> <em>Includes five nights’ lodging, bus transportation, guides, all entrance fees and four meals including a welcome dinner.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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History Colorado is proud to team up with Centennial Canoe Outfitters on an exciting canoe trip to a wild and remote area with fascinating history. Join our host, historian Dr. Andrew Gulliford of Fort Lewis College, as he leads you through the...

Paddles Up! Colorado River Canoe Trek <p>History Colorado is proud to team up with Centennial Canoe Outfitters on an exciting canoe trip to a wild and remote area with fascinating history. Join our host, historian Dr. Andrew Gulliford of Fort Lewis College, as he leads you through the spectacular canyon country of the Colorado Plateau, including Ruby and Horsethief Canyons. Our route features majestic walls of red sandstone and offers some of the best canoeing in Colorado. The river is gentle, with occasional small Class 1+ rapids to add spice to the journey. Camping along the river’s banks by the campfire will surely inspire awe!</p> <p>Space is limited. Information and reservations: Centennial Canoe Outfitters, 1-877-353-1850.</p> <p>Register by June 29</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Before Denver removed itself from Arapahoe County, it had a separate city hall and county courthouse. Once those two functions were joined politically, it made sense to join the buildings structurally. Come and explore the iconic City and County...

The Heart of Denver: Exploring the City and County Building <p>Before Denver removed itself from Arapahoe County, it had a separate city hall and county courthouse. Once those two functions were joined politically, it made sense to join the buildings structurally. Come and explore the iconic City and County Building—with art, history and even grandiose hyperbole within its elegant walls. From the Hall of Mayors to the gifts of Sister Cities across the world, this edifice offers far more than a place to pay fines and argue in court. Don’t object! Let’s walk the hallowed halls of the heart of Denver together.</p> <p><em>Provide your own transportation to starting location.</em></p> <div><em><br /></em></div> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Nestled in the arms of the Front Range, the town of Palmer Lake is reflected in the gemlike waters of the lake that gave the town its name. And we’ll tour two more of the city’s gems: the Glen neighborhood and the iconic Estemere Mansion. We’ll start...

Head for the Hills: Estemere Mansion and a Glen Neighborhood Hike <p>Nestled in the arms of the Front Range, the town of Palmer Lake is reflected in the gemlike waters of the lake that gave the town its name. And we’ll tour two more of the city’s gems: the Glen neighborhood and the iconic Estemere Mansion. We’ll start with a hike through the hills of the Glen neighborhood, whose small hills and nearby scenery will help us work up an appetite for lunch. Our day includes an exploration of the long-admired Estemere Mansion, rising with a grandeur equal to its surroundings.</p> <p><em>Provide your own transportation to starting location. There will be a break for lunch on your own dime.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Explore the Springs to learn its stories, and drop by for visits to two of its finest offerings in the realms of beauty, architecture and history: the McAllister House Museum and the Trianon, now the Colorado Springs School. Though we could never see...

Newport of the Rockies: A Colorado Springs Driving Tour <p>Explore the Springs to learn its stories, and drop by for visits to two of its finest offerings in the realms of beauty, architecture and history: the McAllister House Museum and the Trianon, now the Colorado Springs School. Though we could never see everything the city has to offer, we know you’ll come away with a greater appreciation for this gem along the Front Range. It’s no small wonder that the iconic “America, the Beautiful” describes the view of this area. A day for the finer things, no parasol or ascot needed.</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation, guides, admission fees and a break for lunch on your own dime.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Join us to see the wildflowers of Crested Butte after the town’s famous festival is finished and the crowds have dispersed. We’ll head out for our own private tours as we amble through the town, the woods and the meadows—so the ability to walk a lot...

Summer Blossoms: Crested Butte and Lake City <p>Join us to see the wildflowers of Crested Butte after the town’s famous festival is finished and the crowds have dispersed. We’ll head out for our own private tours as we amble through the town, the woods and the meadows—so the ability to walk a lot is a must, though you can catch a break by riding the ski lift up the mountainside to take in the view. We’ll drop by the ghost town of Gothic to learn about its botanical projects and head south to nearby Lake City and Gunnison to savor some history. Let’s have a blooming-good time!</p> <p><em>Includes four nights’ lodging, bus transportation, guides, entrance fees, floral tours and interpretation and five meals including a welcome dinner.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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History Colorado’s Ute Indian Museum will reopen in 2017. With expanded exhibits and one of the nation’s most complete collections of Ute artifacts, it will provide us with inspiration for a wider tour—searching out the ancient and ongoing story of...

The Real Rocky Mountain Originals: The Utes <p>History Colorado’s Ute Indian Museum will reopen in 2017. With expanded exhibits and one of the nation’s most complete collections of Ute artifacts, it will provide us with inspiration for a wider tour—searching out the ancient and ongoing story of the Utes. We’ll also see Fort Uncompahgre, once a hub for trade in the region, and the Shavano Valley petroglyphs, dating back more than three thousand years. Though many signs of the region’s earliest inhabitants are gone, experts in the history and culture of the Ute people will share their insight and appreciation for these true Colorado originals.</p> <p><em>Includes three nights’ lodging, bus transportation, guides, entrance fees and four meals including a welcome dinner.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Around Denver, there are some neighborhoods that just have a little something more. In this case, it’s Bonnie Brae and its art-filled alleys! While you may think of an alley as a place for Dumpsters and weeds, Bonnie Brae has turned its alleys into...

Denver’s Own Pleasant Hill: Alley Art Walking Tour <p>Around Denver, there are some neighborhoods that just have a little something more. In this case, it’s Bonnie Brae and its art-filled alleys! While you may think of an alley as a place for Dumpsters and weeds, Bonnie Brae has turned its alleys into positives—full of artworks depicting objects from the fanciful and fantastic to the literal and functional. Envisioned as a chance to bring residents together in creativity, improvement and enjoyment, the program has so many admirers it’s branched into neighborhoods nearby. So put on your walking shoes and join us for a bonnie day in Bonnie Brae!</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Names like Aspen and Vail invariably conjure images of skiing, but there’s so much more to our Colorado mountain towns than that. It’s time to see what blooms when the snow is gone, with views to warm the heart like a summertime breeze. With museums,...

Green Glory: Our Summertime Ski Towns <p>Names like Aspen and Vail invariably conjure images of skiing, but there’s so much more to our Colorado mountain towns than that. It’s time to see what blooms when the snow is gone, with views to warm the heart like a summertime breeze. With museums, galleries, historic homes and glories of the natural world, you’ll find our summertime ski towns are no pale comparisons to their wintertime alter egos. Without the ski crowds, the pace will be more tranquil and the rewards as elevated as the surroundings. No goggles or snowsuit necessary!</p> <p><em>Includes three nights’ lodging, bus transportation, guides, entrance fees and three meals including a welcome dinner.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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How do museums determine what is worthy of collecting and saving for posterity? Many of the paintings, artifacts, and ephemera found in the collections of our nation’s museums rarely see the light of day. From these vast collections, how do curators...

A Selection of Masterpieces: Art from the Denver Art Museum’s Western American Art Collection <p>How do museums determine what is worthy of collecting and saving for posterity? Many of the paintings, artifacts, and ephemera found in the collections of our nation’s museums rarely see the light of day. From these vast collections, how do curators determine which works to put on display for the public? Join Jennifer R. Henneman, assistant curator for the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum, as she delves into stories related to paintings and sculpture from Backstory: Western American Art in Context. Discover more about the provenance of these works as well as the forethought that went into choosing them for this exhibition.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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One might easily think Denver knew nothing but beer, given its nationally recognized festival and a long history built around that drink. Not true, so we lift our glass to those who bring forth the bounty of the vine. It’s time to visit the wineries...

Extravagance in a Glass: Wineries of Denver <p>One might easily think Denver knew nothing but beer, given its nationally recognized festival and a long history built around that drink. Not true, so we lift our glass to those who bring forth the bounty of the vine. It’s time to visit the wineries of Denver. Though a few may garner their grapes elsewhere, all of them accomplish their craft locally. We’ll have some samples, learn about the operations and their histories, and spend a Bacchanalian kind of day. After the tour, you’ll know the best the city has and might even decide to become a sommelier. Cheers!</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation, winery tours, guides and a festive lunch.</em></p> <div><em><br /></em></div> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Travel with Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel through breathtaking canyons, meadows and valleys to Colorado’s wine country in Grand Junction. On this popular tour, we’ll visit vineyards, sample the region’s best wines and learn about the area’s history. Though...

Vintage Western: The Wineries of Grand Junction <p>Travel with Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel through breathtaking canyons, meadows and valleys to Colorado’s wine country in Grand Junction. On this popular tour, we’ll visit vineyards, sample the region’s best wines and learn about the area’s history. Though it’s drier and less populated than the Front Range, its scenery and history are every bit as memorable. The trek includes a visit to the Colorado National Monument as well as the Gateway Auto Museum, hidden away in some stunning canyonlands scenery. Won’t you join Dr. Colorado in lifting a glass? </p> <p><em>Includes all transportation via Amtrak (one way), bus and van, three nights’ lodging in Grand Junction, guides, entrance fees, winery tours and five meals including a welcome dinner.</em></p> <div><em><br /></em></div> America/North_Dakota/Center
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When Front Range folks look for entertainment and beauty, they invariably look west to the mountains—but there are phenomenal offerings of both in the opposite direction. It’s time for a tour of the stellar city of Sterling. Known as the City of...

How Sweet It Is! Art and Sugar in Sterling <p>When Front Range folks look for entertainment and beauty, they invariably look west to the mountains—but there are phenomenal offerings of both in the opposite direction. It’s time for a tour of the stellar city of Sterling. Known as the City of Living Trees for its collection of cottonwoods that have been carved into imaginative works of art, Sterling is an artistic vision on the prairie. We’ll join the city’s annual celebration, Sugar Beet Days, and even learn some fascinating history while we’re there. Head east for artistry, entertainment, history and the sweetness of sugar. Even the cottonwoods-turned-art would approve!</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation, guides, admissions and a break for lunch at the festival on your own dime.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Once upon a time Denver had one of the largest streetcar systems in the nation. The streetcar allowed folks to begin their suburban dreams and carried generations of workers, revelers and everyone else. We’ll see where the lines ran, how their...

Ghost Lines: Traveling Denver’s Streetcar Neighborhoods <p>Once upon a time Denver had one of the largest streetcar systems in the nation. The streetcar allowed folks to begin their suburban dreams and carried generations of workers, revelers and everyone else. We’ll see where the lines ran, how their presence changed the neighborhoods they served, and how whole cities were able to exist because of them. The streetcars are no more, but the signs of their legacy remain. As Denver spends billions to put some of this system back together, it’s time to pay homage to the trolleys of the past! All aboard!</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation and a break for lunch on your own dime.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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We may know the general history of the Stetson cowboy hat, but how do we find the story connected to a particular hat from the History Colorado collection. Researching and reconnecting artifacts and stories can be a challenging task for curators but...

Finding the Story: History Colorado’s Collections in Context <p>We may know the general history of the Stetson cowboy hat, but how do we find the story connected to a particular hat from the History Colorado collection. Researching and reconnecting artifacts and stories can be a challenging task for curators but once the connection is made, a marvelous history unfolds. From a chuckwagonat the Zapata Ranch to a Civil War drum, join Senior Curator of Artifacts Alisa DiGiacomo as she talks about the process of finding the stories behind the art and culture of western expansion through some of History Colorado's artifacts currently on display in our exhibit, Backstory: Western American Art in Context.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Long before Denver was surrounded by enormous suburbs, many were just little towns focused on agriculture or mining, and some were even founded to avoid the decadence of the leviathan at their core. Over time, some of those cities would be absorbed,...

Where in the World Are the Lost Cities of Denver? <p>Long before Denver was surrounded by enormous suburbs, many were just little towns focused on agriculture or mining, and some were even founded to avoid the decadence of the leviathan at their core. Over time, some of those cities would be absorbed, becoming Denver neighborhoods. Others would retain their independence even to this day, despite being small in stature. It’s time to find cities that once were and cities overshadowed by their bigger neighbors. Join us as we sleuth out the origins of places known and unknown; you won’t even need a magnifying glass for most of them.</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation and a break for lunch on your own dime.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for an exemplary tour of southern Colorado’s myriad colors from the comfort of a pair of historic trains. Our first jaunt is aboard the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad for a trip to Alamosa in the heart of the San Luis Valley....

Tracking Autumn’s Glory: San Luis Valley by Rail <p><span>Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for an exemplary tour of southern Colorado’s myriad colors from the comfort of a pair of historic trains. Our first jaunt is aboard the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad for a trip to Alamosa in the heart of the San Luis Valley. Next, we’re bound for the Cumbres &amp; Toltec Scenic Railroad, the country’s longest and highest steam narrow gauge excursion. On both, we’ll have the chance to enjoy autumn’s displays of color. Other highlights include the home of the Manassa Mauler and the winding course of the Rio Grande on its way to New Mexico.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><em>Includes three nights’ lodging, bus and train transportation, guides, entrance fees and five meals including a welcome dinner.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for an annual tradition of exploring Denver’s ethnic heritage. Mother Cabrini said that the people of the West looked upon Italians as “ingenious machines for work,” referring to their often abysmal treatment. For all...

La Vita Italiana: The Story of Denver’s Italians <p>Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for an annual tradition of exploring Denver’s ethnic heritage. Mother Cabrini said that the people of the West looked upon Italians as “ingenious machines for work,” referring to their often abysmal treatment. For all that, the Italians would forever change the area, from foods grown in the Platte River Bottoms and hauled to the Denargo Market for the city’s homes and restaurants, to the underworld currents of mobs and divine strife. Though Denver’s Italian neighborhoods no longer host the sons of Roma and Sicilia exclusively, the spices of countless stories are there to be savored.</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation, one drink ticket, a light lunch, guides and interpretation.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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The music lover in you has been waiting all year for it, and here it is at last: our 8th Annual Organ Crawl! This year we’ll return to the heart of Denver to visit some of the architectural wonders of yesteryear. Within these massive edifices,...

History Colorado’s 8th Annual Organ Crawl <p>The music lover in you has been waiting all year for it, and here it is at last: our 8th Annual Organ Crawl! This year we’ll return to the heart of Denver to visit some of the architectural wonders of yesteryear. Within these massive edifices, beautiful instruments are certain to take your breath away, even as they fill your ears and mind with musical joy. With a stop at Central Presbyterian Church and its own “hall of history,” we’ll stroll from site to site— admiring architecture and artistry on this aural extravaganza. Bach would approve!</p> <p><em>Provide your own transportation to starting point.</em></p> <div><em><br /></em></div> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Voltaire, the great French historian, once defined history as “a trick we play on the dead.” Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel and a cast of star CU-Denver students will explore that idea with a walking tour of Colorado’s biggest boneyard. Come and meet the...

History Colorado’s 29th Annual Cemetery Crawl <p>Voltaire, the great French historian, once defined history as “a trick we play on the dead.” Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel and a cast of star CU-Denver students will explore that idea with a walking tour of Colorado’s biggest boneyard. Come and meet the unusually lively occupants of subterranean dwellings. Students will portray notable occupants, from mayors to madams, including the good (Dr. Justina Ford), the bad (Grand Dragon John Galen Locke) and the ugly (John Chivington). It’s time to dig into some history!</p> <p><em>Provide your own transportation to starting point. Tombside taxi service provided by the Model A Ford Club of Colorado, weather permitting.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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It’s natural for neighborhoods to go through changes over time. Prosperous areas fall on hard times, perhaps to be discovered and reimagined anew. Few of Denver’s neighborhoods epitomize this like River North, nicknamed “RiNo.” Once industrial, then...

Wonderful RiNo: Denver’s River North by Bus <p>It’s natural for neighborhoods to go through changes over time. Prosperous areas fall on hard times, perhaps to be discovered and reimagined anew. Few of Denver’s neighborhoods epitomize this like River North, nicknamed “RiNo.” Once industrial, then peopled by artists and empty spaces, today this trendy spot close to downtown has energy bursting from its seams, with epic changes in store. Join us as we explore RiNo by foot and by bus, learning what once was, what’s been lost and what’s coming up for downtown’s rhinoceros next door.</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation and a break for lunch on your own dime.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Once confusingly divided into four separate counties, Broomfield has followed Denver’s century-old example, becoming a city and county of its own. Strategically located between the hubs of Denver and Boulder, Broomfield is charting an energized...

Museum Sampler: Broomfield by Bus <p>Once confusingly divided into four separate counties, Broomfield has followed Denver’s century-old example, becoming a city and county of its own. Strategically located between the hubs of Denver and Boulder, Broomfield is charting an energized course—proudly showing off its historical legacies while creating an attractive and modern city for those who call it home. We’ll explore the city and visit two of its most iconic offerings: the Depot Museum and the Veterans Museum. After we point out some other hotspots along the way, you’ll soon be heading back to Broomfield.</p> <p><em>Includes bus transportation, admissions and box lunch.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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You may have crossed it, perhaps even driven along it, but now it’s time to hear the stories of one of our original downtown streets: Wazee. Join historian Bill Convery to discover the history of its name and learn about western shirts, supper clubs...

Cocoa on Historic Wazee Street <p>You may have crossed it, perhaps even driven along it, but now it’s time to hear the stories of one of our original downtown streets: Wazee. Join historian Bill Convery to discover the history of its name and learn about western shirts, supper clubs and even viaducts lost to the ravages of modernization. Discussing icons such as the Oxford Hotel and Rockmount Ranchwear, we’ll focus on what makes this street stand out from the rest. Wazee’s shimmer might have dimmed with the fortunes of downtown, but it’s brilliant again. Join us for the wonders of Wazee!</p> <p><em>Space is limited. Provide your own transportation to starting point. Includes sit-down lecture, cocoa and desserts.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Enjoy a fall walking tour of Lower Downtown, learning about interactions between Arapaho people and white settlers in early Denver. Our LoDo tour highlights both, showing how the world around the confluence of Cherry Creek and the Platte River was...

A Confluence of Another Kind: American Indians of Early Denver <p>Enjoy a fall walking tour of Lower Downtown, learning about interactions between Arapaho people and white settlers in early Denver. Our LoDo tour highlights both, showing how the world around the confluence of Cherry Creek and the Platte River was changing in 1858&#8211;64. Imagine tipis at 15th and Blake or native delegations visiting Governor Evans at 14th and Arapahoe. After the tour, you’ll have the option of hopping onto an RTD bus to Tocabe, a traditional American Indian restaurant, returning downtown afterward. The stories are there to find, so let’s find them together.</p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Among elegance expressed in architecture, our stay at the Broadmoor includes a sumptuous dinner and overnight accommodations. The holiday illuminations will fill your heart with joy long after the last dessert spoon has been taken away. In the...

Christmas Splendor: The Broadmoor Hotel <p>Among elegance expressed in architecture, our stay at the Broadmoor includes a sumptuous dinner and overnight accommodations. The holiday illuminations will fill your heart with joy long after the last dessert spoon has been taken away. In the morning, to make sure you don’t miss a historical detail, we’ll take a tour that stretches back more than a century. The Broadmoor has worn many hats, and they weren’t always made of silk. This is a tour for those with an eye for beauty and a taste for history. Now that’s refined.</p> <p><em>Includes one night’s lodging, dinner, guides and valet parking. Provide your own transportation.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center
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Names deeply rooted in Colorado history—Long, Springer, Phillips, Phipps—shared one thing in common: the same fine castle, complete with all that was elegant and urbane. Today, this breathtaking edifice has been restored in grandeur and transformed...

The Winter High Life: Highlands Ranch Mansion <p>Names deeply rooted in Colorado history—Long, Springer, Phillips, Phipps—shared one thing in common: the same fine castle, complete with all that was elegant and urbane. Today, this breathtaking edifice has been restored in grandeur and transformed into an event space for the modern city surrounding it. We’ll have a tour of the splendid Highlands Ranch Mansion, decorated for Christmas, and the histories are as entrancing as the building itself. We’ll follow up with a presentation about the history of Douglas County to give you a full overview of the region’s finest.</p> <p><em>Includes guide and a box lunch. Provide your own transportation to starting point and during the tour. Maps supplied.</em></p> America/North_Dakota/Center

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