As the designated steward of Colorado history, we aspire to engage people in our state's heritage through collecting, preserving, and discovering the past in order to educate and provide perspectives for the future.
Incorporated: 1879 in CO
Also Known As: The Colorado Historical Society , The State Historical Society of Colorado, Inc.
Founded in 1879 by state statute, History Colorado, formerly known as the State Historical Society of Colorado, has been entrusted by the people of Colorado to preserve the past for the future, to educate the public about the history of the state, and to provide access to the state's historic resources. The History Colorado collection, divided into four curatorial areas, has grown to include over 200,000 three-dimensional items, 750,000 historic photographs, and 3050 manuscript collections. History Colorado is comprised of thirteen regional museums and properties in eight communities around the state and had 261,143 visitors in fiscal year 2012. The organization also comprises the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, which manages historic preservation compliance for the state; grants permits for archaeological excavation, and administers the State and National Historic Register programs. The State Historical Fund (SHF), which bestows grants for historic preservation projects is also part of the History Colorado organization. History Colorado aspires to excite Coloradans about our shared history and to foster active engagement in their communities. Through compelling interactive exhibits, History Colorado museums will offer visitors opportunities to immerse themselves in the stories of Colorado's past and will serve as community hubs for civic discourse about today's most pressing issues in an historical context.
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