History Colorado Becomes Smithsonian Affiliate

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History Colorado was accepted by the Smithsonian Institution as a Smithsonian Affiliate. It will have access to share Smithsonian resources including collections, scholarship, performing arts and even membership benefits through a statewide network of History Colorado museums. History Colorado went through a rigorous application process to become a Smithsonian Affiliate, which included demonstrating how its mission, connection to local communities, and exhibition programs and services coincided with the Smithsonian Institution.

“We welcome this distinguished organization into the Smithsonian Affiliations program and look forward to combining our resources to help showcase the distinct traditions of Colorado and its unique role in our national tapestry.”

History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society, was accepted by the Smithsonian Institution as a Smithsonian Affiliate. As an affiliate, History Colorado will have access to Smithsonian resources—including collections, scholarship, performing arts and even membership benefits—to share through History Colorado museums to local communities statewide.

History Colorado will have opportunities to borrow objects from the Smithsonian Institution’s collections, to incorporate outreach services the Smithsonian offers into History Colorado school and adult programs, to offer Smithsonian traveling exhibitions, lectures and study tours, and to benefit from Smithsonian staff expertise in areas of conservation, collections care and exhibition development.

“Congratulations to History Colorado for becoming a Smithsonian affiliate,” Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter said. “This new partnership will enhance learning opportunities for Coloradans, and especially our children, who are interested in the rich history of our state. The Smithsonian affiliation will also help the new History Colorado Center become an even more attractive tourist destination for the millions of people who visit Colorado every year.”

History Colorado went through a rigorous application process to become a Smithsonian Affiliate, which included demonstrating how its mission, connection to local communities, and exhibition programs and services, coincided with the Smithsonian Institution.

“History Colorado has a well deserved reputation for excellence in scholarship, research, exhibitry, and education, all of which will be on grand display in their new facility,” said Harold A. Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations. “We welcome this distinguished organization into the Smithsonian Affiliations program and look forward to combining our resources to help showcase the distinct traditions of Colorado and its unique role in our national tapestry.”

“History Colorado is in the process of a major transformation with the new History Colorado Center under construction. Our acceptance into the Smithsonian Affiliation program is an example of the direction we’re taking to engage Coloradans and visitors in our history in new and exciting ways,” said Ed Nichols, President and CEO of History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society. “Affiliating with the Smithsonian provides us with some powerful tools that will help us leverage our collections and programs using the historical treasures and important resources held in trust by the Smithsonian, as well as offering a variety of appealing benefits for History Colorado members.”

History Colorado members will have an opportunity to receive various Smithsonian benefits in addition to those through the History Colorado membership. Benefits might include a subscription to Smithsonian or Air & Space magazines, discounts at Smithsonian Museum stores and online catalogues, or travel and study opportunities through the Smithsonian. More information about membership benefits will be made available at a later date.

“Both are outstanding educational institutions, and the coordination of their collections and exhibitions should greatly benefit the general public, their members and visitors, and the state of Colorado,” said Peter Grant, a trustee emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Smithsonian Affiliations program was established in 1996. History Colorado joins a network of more than 160 museums and educational and cultural organizations in 41 states, Panama and Puerto Rico as a Smithsonian Affiliate. Two other Colorado organizations are also affiliates.

History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society
Established in 1879, this statewide educational institution engages people in Colorado's history and heritage through collecting, preserving and discovering the past while providing perspectives for the future through its network of statewide historical museums and sites, educational programs, volunteer and membership opportunities, a research library, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and the State Historical Fund grants program. The Colorado History Museum in Denver closed while the new History Colorado Center is built at 12th and Broadway in Denver's Golden Triangle Museum District. Find History Colorado at http://www.facebook.com/history.colorado, http://www.historycolorado.org or call (303) 866-3682.

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