9/17/2009

State Museums

Even though the main Colorado History Museum is closing in a few months, you can still visit any of the Historical Society's regional museums. Nine sites around Colorado include historic houses (Byers-Evans House and Pierce-McAllister Cottage in Denver; the Baca and Bloom Houses in Trinidad; and the Healy House and Dexter Cabin in Leadville); old forts (Fort Garland, Fort Vasquez, and the El Pueblo Museum); a working railraod (Georgetown Loop); and a museum focusing on Native Americans (Ute Indian Museum).

The Colorado Historical Society is working on publishing guidebooks on each of these sites for their Capsule History and Guide series. So far they have finished guides on the Georgetown Loop, the Trinidad History Museum (which includes the two mansions plus a pioneer museum), Fort Garland, El Pueblo, the Ute Indian Museum, and Fort Vasquez. All guides are available from our library. And although a guide hasn't been written about the Byers-Evans House, an entire issue of Colorado Heritage was devoted to the museum when it was opened in 1989. In addition, three Colorado Magazine articles from 1946, 1948 and 1952 focus on the Healy House, while the Dexter Cabin is covered in a 1946 article. Colorado Heritage and Colorado Magazine are both available for checkout from our library.

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