In the 1880s, Elizabeth “Baby Doe” Tabor and her husband, Horace, were the wealthiest couple in Colorado. The global depression that destroyed their fortune threw the nation into economic upheaval. When Baby Doe died of exposure in a crude shack in Leadville, her story exposed Coloradans to an uncomfortable truth– homelessness can happen to anyone.
Searching for Home: Homelessness in Colorado History invites visitors to explore Colorado’s long history of economic struggle and to consider the complexities of an issue often reduced to simplistic stereotypes. The exhibit explores the lives of Coloradans whose belongings aren’t typically found in museums: the down-on-his-luck prospector renting a bed for eight hours at a time, a beauty queen sleeping on a friend’s couch after an unexpected eviction. Discover the challenges of preparing a healthy meal with only a few dollars and a microwave, put yourself in the shoes of a juvenile leaving the foster care system, and discover how labels have been used to change the way we think about people experiencing homelessness.
History Colorado staff is developing Searching for Home in collaboration with a Community Advisory Committee. The exhibit invites visitors to reflect on life without the shelter, health care, safety, and relationships provided by stable housing.
This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of:
An Anonymous Donor
Housing and Homelessness Funders’ Collaborative
The Kenneth King Foundation