"Colorado Stories" Exhibition Shares what Coloradans Believe are the Most Important Stories about the State's History

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History Colorado and Denver International Airport partner again to bring busy travelers a taste of Colorado’s history “on the fly” with a new temporary exhibition, "Colorado Stories." The exhibition highlights some of the research History Colorado staff conducted around the state for the new History Colorado Center, and offers a taste of what Coloradans believe to be some of most important stories about the state’s past. DIA estimates that more than one million travelers will view the exhibition.

Creating these exhibitions for travelers has proved a unique and effective way to showcase Colorado’s past to a broad audience while offering an enjoyable and memorable moment to their transit experience in Colorado and at DIA.

History Colorado and Denver International Airport (DIA) have partnered once again with a third temporary exhibition, "Colorado Stories," specifically designed to quickly engage, entertain and enlighten the busy airport traveler about Colorado’s history. Located on the bridge between Jeppesen Terminal and A gates security screening, "Colorado Stories" is now open through August 17, 2011.

History Colorado staff traveled to more than 25 Colorado communities and interviewed over 2,500 people to discover what Coloradans consider the most important stories about the state’s past. Staff spoke to residents from all walks of life—community leaders, businesspeople, policymakers, archaeologists, tribal representatives and more. The research was conducted as a component of History Colorado’s exhibition and program development for the new History Colorado Center, now under construction at 12th Avenue and Broadway in Denver.

What did the people of Colorado have to say? Some of the topics they chose are briefly highlighted in "Colorado Stories," which includes quick and easy to read panels, eye-catching images and original artifacts.

Tales of Silverton, San Luis, Bent’s Fort, Steamboat Springs, Denver, and the ancient Lindenmeier site unfold, each revealing essential qualities of what it means to be a Coloradan. They are among many stories that will be brought to life in the first phase of the History Colorado Center’s exhibition program — opening spring of 2012 — with galleries featuring exciting interactive displays and stations coupled with History Colorado’s 130-year-old collection of objects, photographs, manuscripts, maps and more.

History Colorado and DIA curators began working together on traveler friendly, history-themed exhibitions with "Colorado Gold Rush" two years ago. Its success led to the a traveler’s version of the acclaimed "Tribal Paths" exhibition last year. DIA estimates that more than one million travelers have seen each exhibition.

"The airport is a gateway for travelers who arrive and depart from Denver, and we strive to connect our exhibitions to the rich cultural landscape and iconic scenery of Colorado,” said Matt Chasansky, Public Art Administrator for DIA.

“Creating these exhibitions for travelers has proved a unique and effective way to showcase Colorado’s past to a broad audience while offering an enjoyable and memorable moment to their transit experience in Colorado and at DIA,” said Kathryn Hill, History Colorado Chief Operating Officer. “The History Colorado Center is one of the most exciting new cultural projects underway in Denver and will become a key tourist destination. History Colorado staff conducted their research over the course of a year to plan for the first phase of new exhibitions in the History Colorado Center, and we wanted to give residents and visitors a taste of what Coloradans said are the most important and exciting stories to share about the state’s history.”

About History Colorado
Established in 1879, History Colorado (formerly known as the Colorado Historical Society) offers the public access to cultural and heritage resources of Colorado, including statewide museums and special programs for individuals and families, collection stewardship of Colorado’s historic treasures, educational resources for schools, students and teachers, services related to preservation, archaeology and history, and a research library. A new headquarters and museum—the History Colorado Center—is currently under construction at 12th and Broadway in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District. Find History Colorado online at http://www.facebook.com/history.colorado and http://www.history.colorado.org or call (303) 866-3682.

About Denver International Airport
Denver International Airport is the world’s 10th-busiest airport and the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. With more than 50 million passengers traveling through the airport each year, DIA is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market. DIA is the primary economic engine of the state of Colorado, generating more than $22 billion annually for the region. For more information, visit http://www.flydenver.com.

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