Colorado Stories

Creating Community

From the mountains to the plains to the plateaus, Colorado’s people are as diverse as the places they call home. Colorado Stories is a community-based exhibit with eight media- and artifact-rich galleries exploring the many ways that Coloradans create community.

Things to See and Do

Sponsored by The Abarca Family and AARP

In the 1960s and ’70s, Chicano activists in Colorado fought to end discrimination, secure rights and gain political and social power through education, culture and the arts. El Movimiento uses artifacts, images and the voices of activists to tell about the struggle for labor rights, the founding of the Crusade for Justice, student activism in Colorado schools, the Vietnam War, land rights and more. Community advisers from across the state created El Movimiento in collaboration with museum staff. History Colorado originally opened the temporary exhibit El Movimiento in 2015. On September 9, 2017, El Movimiento reopens as part of Colorado Stories.

En las décadas de 1960 y 1970, activistas Chicanos en Colorado lucharon para terminar discriminación, proteger derechos, y ganar poder político y social a través de educación, cultura, y las artes. El Movimiento usa los artefactos, las imágenes, y las voces de los activistas para hablar de la lucha para derechos laborales, el establecimiento de la Cruzada para la Justicia, el activismo estudiantil en las escuelas de Colorado, la Guerra en Vietnam, derechos de tierras y otros temas. Consejeros comunitarios por todo Colorado crearon El Movimiento en colaboración con el personal del museo. History Colorado abrió El Movimiento en 2015.

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Community advisers from across the state created El Movimiento in collaboration with museum staff. 

El Movimiento Community Advisory Committee:

Back row, left to right: Adrianna Abarca, Ramon Del Castillo, Juan Espinosa, Deborah Espinosa, Antonio Esquibel, Emanuel Martinez, Lucha Martinez de Luna, Phil Hernández, Ernesto Torres, Roberto Rey, Ricardo LaFore

Front row, left to right: Gail Gonzales, Charlotte Gonzales, Carlos Santistevan, Cecilia Flores, Rita Martinez, Priscilla Falcón, Nicki Gonzales

From left to right: Ruth Sanchez, David Atekpatzin Young, Magdalena Aguayo, Pauline Rivera

Not pictured: Daniel Salazar, Maruca Salazar

Resilience: The Ute Indian Tribes, Time Immemorial to Today
Since time immemorial, Ute people have faced challenges and made the decisions that keep themselves true to their identity. Ute tribes are the original Coloradans, maintaining strong values of family, leadership, culture, and sustainability.

Mountain Haven: Lincoln Hills, 1925–1965
Coloradans love the outdoors. But African Americans were once barred from leisure opportunities most whites took for granted. Explore a Rocky Mountain haven where African Americans could hike, fish, and camp—and leave discrimination behind.
Click to flip through a Lincoln Hills photo album.
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Jumping for Joy: Steamboat Springs, 1915
Mountain men, mail carriers, and miners ranged the Rockies on skis. Pretty soon, people figured out skiing was fun! Norwegian ski champion Carl Howelsen taught Steamboat’s children to fly. Now it’s your turn to make the leap!

Convergence: Bent’s Fort, 1833–1849
Weary Santa Fe Trail travelers cheered when they saw the adobe “Castle on the Plains” — a marketplace like no other. Explore this outpost of Manifest Destiny on Colorado’s Plains through a touch table and archaeological artifacts.
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Top of the World: A Silverton Silver Mine, around 1880
Hard-rock mining is hard! In Silverton, miners were mountaineers, gouging ore out of deep snow and steep granite slopes. Do you have what it takes? The shift boss is hiring!

Confined Citizens: The Amache-Granada Relocation Center, 1942–1945
After Pearl Harbor, 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans were forced into internment camps—including one in Colorado called “Amache.” Half of Colorado’s newly imprisoned population were children. Two-thirds were American citizens. None was accused of a crime.
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