When the stunning History Colorado Center was unveiled three years ago, visitors marveled at the architecture, the atrium floor inlaid with a map of Colorado that told stories about the state, the cool technology. But history fans had one big question: Where' s all the stuff?
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History Colorado — which got its start as the Colorado Historical Society in 1879— had accumulated millions of items over the years, many of which were on display in the old museum. Those collections went into storage when that facility closed in anticipation of the move to a new building just down the street — but few were included in the exhibits unveiled in April 2012, when the History Colorado Center opened.
But now some of the more interesting pieces are slowly coming out, in a new weekly series called "Who Knew!? Everything Old is New Again." Every Friday through January 8, History Colorado promises to share items and artifacts from the "extraordinary, unexpected and infamous past of our state."
Last week the series got off with a bang when Tom Noel introduced Alfred Packer's revolver. At 11:30 a.m. today, author Sandra Dallas will unveil the next round, dresses from three prominent women in Colorado history: Elizabeth "Baby Doe" Tabor, Margaret “Molly” Brown and Chipeta, the second wife to Chief Ouray of the Utes.
While you're at the History Colorado Center, you can learn more about Baby Doe, who went from riches to rags, in the Searching for Home exhibit, which takes a historic look at homelessness in Colorado. And you can also stop by Cafe Rendezvous for this week's special: Colorado Harvest Vegetable Stew.