History Colorado

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We are Colorado! We share powerful stories, honor treasured memories, and create vibrant communities. We are the trusted leaders in helping people understand what it means to be a Coloradan.


History Colorado creates a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past.


Established in 1879, the Colorado State Historical Society, (History Colorado), is an agency under the Colorado Department of Higher Education, an “institution of higher education” in the State of Colorado, and also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity under Federal tax law. History Colorado is the State agency entrusted with preserving the stories, places and material culture that document the State’s history for the benefit of Colorado citizens. Through a diverse offering of programs, and venues described in this Performance Plan, History Colorado’s statewide activities support tourism, historic preservation, archaeology, education, and research related to Colorado’s past. Coloradans and people across the country benefit from unique opportunities to interact with Colorado history through its network of museums, tours, and programs. Outreach programs throughout Colorado which provide education, learning skills, research, and historic preservation stimulate community involvement, revitalization, and economic development. Through its administration of State Historical Fund grants, History Colorado has awarded over $298 million in competitive grants to all 64 counties, resulting in more than $1.2 billion impact on Colorado’s economy.

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