DENVER – History Colorado invites you to participate in a History Colorado Experience in a town near you, this October History Colorado will be hosting family friendly events to educate and entertain across the state. Whether you’re looking to tour the historic, Italianate-style Denver building that was once home to territorial governor John Evans, or you’re in Trinidad looking to explore the rich history of the Santa Fe Trail, History Colorado has many day trips and adventures this Fall.
Events at History Colorado Center- Denver
Monday, October 5, The Living Dream: 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park, 1–3pm
Join us for Nick Mollé’s presentation “The Living Dream,” a collection of historical photography and vintage contemporary film that tells the history of Rocky Mountain National Park from the Native American and Mountain Man eras through the 20th century, followed by Q&A. Reservations required.
Tuesday, October 6, Archival Treasures, noon–1:30pm
History Colorado’s archival collections include letters, diaries and personal records from some of Colorado’s most famous (and infamous) individuals. Take an in-depth look at original documents from the Tabor family, William Jackson Palmer, Ned Wynkoop, George Bent and more. Reservations required.
Monday, October 19, Colorado’s State Symbols, 1–2 pm, 7–8 pm
Did you know Colorado has more than thirty official state symbols? State Historian Emeritus Dr. William Convery uncovers the history behind some of the more obscure state symbols—and makes the case for why we need them. Reservations required.
Tuesday, October 20, Third Tuesday Rendezvous, 5–9pm
Can’t make it to the museum during business hours? See the exhibits and check out special out-of-the-box after-hours programs and activities. Best for ages 18+. Free with museum admission.
Wednesday, October 21, The Latino Experience in Vietnam, 6–8pm
Latino soldiers died at a disproportionately high rate during the Vietnam War, leaving many wondering why the democratic ideals they fought for abroad were denied to them at home. Join us for a discussion on the Latino experience in Vietnam and the Chicano and anti-war movements. Reservations required.
Monday, October 26, Sisters of Courage: Homesteading the Rockies,1–2 pm
Join historian Dave Lively as he shares the pioneer experience of Annie and Kittie Harbison and their family’s extraordinary life. Reservations required.
Saturday, October 31, Historic Halloween, 11am–2pm
Trick-or-treat around the museum and meet famous Coloradans like William Green Russell and Molly Brown.
For more information on these events or for a detailed schedule of events, visit the History Colorado Center events page.
Events at Byers-Evans House Museum- Denver
Friday, October 2 through January, Meditations on Fragments
A collection of photographs from nationally acclaimed Paul Caponigro, who is recognized as one of America’s most significant and influential fine art photographers.
Friday, October 2nd, First Friday Art Walk, 5–8pm
Guests can view the new gallery and explore the Byers-Evans House Museum. Free admission.
Saturday, October 31, Halloween Tea, 12:30–2:30pm
Enjoy a special holiday treat and tour the specially decorated Byers-Evans House Museum. Reservations required.
For more information on upcoming events or to RSVP, visit the Byers-Evans House Museum events page.
Events at El Pueblo History Museum- Pueblo
Friday, October 16, Modern Homesteading, 10:00AM–Noon
One of a series of craft and DIY project workshops. For schedules and updates, visit the El Pueblo History Museum: Modern Homesteading Facebook page.
Saturday, October 17, 2nd Annual Goodnight Trail Western Art Auction and Sale, 4–7pm.
See the artwork and craftsmanship of local and statewide artists. Wine and cheese will be served by Sommelier Carol Kemski, and music will be provided by Tom Munch.
For more information on monthly events at the El Pueblo History Museum, visit the El Pueblo History Museum events page.
Events at Fort Vasquez Trading Post Museum- Platteville
Saturday, October 10th, Fort Vasquez After Hours, 6–-9 pm
Relax with campfire stories and s’mores. Free admission.
Saturday, October 17th, Traders Market, 4-–7 pm
Meander through a handful of local and statewide vendors. Free admission.
Saturday, October 24, Mountain Man Stories, 6:30–9 pm
Enjoy retellings of pioneer stories and exaggerations by Dan Overholster. Reservations required.
For more information or to view a full schedule, visit the Fort Vasquez Trading Post Museum events page.