Denver International Airport unpacks a suitcase of colorful tales in Colorado Stories

Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

The playhouse in baggage claim is still locked, but at least Blue Mustang-friendly Denver International Airport and History Colorado have partnered on a new exhibit, Colorado Stories, that takes a playful approach to this state's past -- and shows that we have plenty of entertaining baggage.

To create the exhibit, which will be on the walkway to the A Concourse through early August, History Colorado staffers interviewed over 2,500 people -- community leaders, businesspeople, policymakers, just plain folks -- to determine what they thought were the most important stories about the state's past. And what did they pick?

The DIA exhibit includes stories and artifacts from Silverton, San Luis, Bent's Fort, Steamboat Springs and Denver, among many other places (sadly, no DIA conspiracy stories), and serves as a quick introduction to what we'll be able to see when History Colorado's new museum opens in spring 2012. "The airport is a gateway for travelers who arrive and depart from Denver, and we strive to connect our exhibitions to the rich cultural landscape and iconic scenery of Colorado," says Matt Chasansky, DIA's public art administrator.

Good start. Now about that mini-movie theater at DIA....

More from our Calhoun: Wake-Up Call archive: "Top 7 ways to improve Colorado tourism: Are you listening, Visit Denver?"

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.