Colorado Heritage, the magazine of the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado), has published numerous articles on the history of Colorado's performing arts. Some highlights include:
- "A Forgotten Theatrical Past: The Federal Theatre Project in Denver," Nov/Dec 2010
- "Miss Helen, Don Seawell, and the Denver Performing Arts Complex," Summer 2007
- "Where Music Dwells: Denver's Earliest Concert Spaces," Summer 2002
- "Denver's Orchestral Overtures," Spring 2002
- "Grand Opera in Denver," Spring 1999
- "Astronauts to Zephyr: Colorado's Music of the 1960s," Winter 1997
- "History of Denver's Symphony Orchestras," Autumn 1992
In Colorado Magazine, the Historical Society's predecessor to Colorado Heritage, you can read about Colorado music and theatre (Summer 1977); Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (Fall 1975); theatre in Colorado's territorial days (Fall 1969, July 1961, and October 1960); music in early Denver (May 1944 and July 1944); Denver's Tabor Grand Opera House (March 1941); Leadville's Tabor Opera House (May 1936); and theatre in Central City (July 1934 and March 1929).
Several books in our collection also highlight different aspects of Colorado's performing arts. Orpheus in the Wildneress: A History of Music in Denver, 1860-1925, by Henry Miles (Colorado Historical Society, 2006) tells the story of opera, orchestra, and church and saloon concerts in Denver's first half-century. The Ballad of Baby Doe, published by University Press of Colorado, tells the story of the making of a Colorado-centered opera. Volume III of the Colorado Historical Society's classic 1927 History of Colorado includes a chapter on the arts in Colorado, exploring music and theater as well as poetry, literature, and the visual arts.