Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects

A hundred objects. A hundred portals to the past.

Presented by Colorado State University

Our newest exhibition has 100 stories to tell. Zoom in on 100 powerful artifacts to see how Colorado became Colorado. Culled from the vast collections of History Colorado, every object on view had a role in shaping our state—from the age of the Paleoindians to Jack Swigert’s Apollo 13 flight suit and beyond.

You could never distill Colorado’s rich history into only 100 objects. But the ones we’ve selected, both ordinary and extraordinary, combine into a telling mosaic of the past—and, just maybe, a glimpse into our future.

A brand-new space, the Tim Schultz Gallery presented by the Boettcher Foundation, has been created on the museum’s third floor to house the innovative 3,700-square-foot experience. The addition of Zoom In provides another core exhibit for museum visitors to explore. The exhibition joins core exhibits such as Living West, Destination Colorado, and Colorado Stories, giving museum goers a full dose of historically themed exhibits about the state’s past.

A public servant and foundation leader, Tim Schultz has committed his life to giving back to the State of Colorado. Tim served as president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation from 1995 to 2017. During his tenure, Tim worked with dynamic thinkers and leaders to propel Colorado forward and help citizens make a difference. The Boettcher Foundation dedicates this gallery to Tim Schultz in honor of his love and commitment to the State of Colorado.

Zoom In explores the ways objects define who we are as Coloradans. And, it acknowledges the diverse people who’ve called this rectangular patch of plains, mountains, and mesas home for 13,000 years or more. These carefully selected objects illuminate the stories of iconic individuals from our past, such as Margaret “Molly” Brown, as well as those of relatively unknown Coloradans.

“The objects act as portals that open the doors to the stories of our past. We hope this overview sparks curiosity about our history and a desire to learn more.”

Preserving our past is a future-oriented endeavor. These objects reflect the ideas, achievements, and challenges that define us as Coloradans today and help us determine who we want to become tomorrow. History Colorado partnered with Tryba Architects, the firm that designed the History Colorado Center, to create both a gallery space and an exhibit design that will complement and enhance the original building.Presented By