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Colorado Historical Society


The Colorado Historical Society operates twelve historic sites and museums at 10 locations around the state, including the Colorado History Museum in Denver. Each has its own regional character and thematic focus-from the days of the fur trade along the South Platte and Arkansas Rivers to early Hispanic life and settlement in southern Colorado, the Ute Indians of the Western Slope, the Clear Creek gold rush, the Leadville silver boom, and the growth of Denver.

Founded in 1879, the Colorado Historical Society brings the unique character of Colorado's past to more than a million people each year through historical museums and highway markers, exhibitions, manuscript and photograph collections, popular and scholarly publications, historical and archaeological preservation services, and educational programs for children and adults. In short, the Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Colorado for present and future generations. A nonprofit agency with its own membership, the Society is also a state institution located within Colorado's Department of Higher Education.


Historic Denver


Founded in 1970 with a successful effort to restore the Molly Brown House, Historic Denver, Inc. is dedicated to the preservation of Denver's architecturally and historically significant buildings and neighborhoods. Historic Denver is one of the nation's largest private, non profit preservation organizations. Projects have included the restoration of the Thomas Hornsby Ferril House; publications on Denver history and architecture, walking tours, neighborhood revitalization; designation of Denver Public Schools and protection of Denver Landmarks.

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