History Colorado celebrates state’s birthday with free admission and events

July 7, 2014

In honor of Colorado’s 138th birthday, History Colorado museums will be free to the public Aug. 1 and 2, offering visitors two days to celebrate Colorado’s wild, colorful, historical, traditional and modern culture.

The two-day Colorado Day celebration at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, will include food, music, dance and hands-on activities as well as a chance to recognize how Colorado’s past has shaped today.

“No other organization can help Coloradans understand the present in the context of the past, the way we can,” said Kathryn Hill, History Colorado chief operations officer. “We celebrate Colorado’s places, stories and cultures of Colorado everyday, and this is evident the minute you enter our museums. On Colorado Day, we offer even more for visitors of all ages to spark imaginations and stimulate conversations about our state’s issues and future.”

Beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 1, History Colorado and its partners, the Department of Agriculture, the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Visitor Services will meet on the west steps of the Capitol to honor the occasion. The Capitol will be decorated for the event, and will feature square dancing, Colorado candy and birthday cake, living history preservation and other special programs, followed by a procession from the Capitol to History Colorado.

Colorado Proud will hold a press conference at the History Colorado Center immediately afterward to recognize Aug. 1 as Colorado Day and to launch the Colorado Proud Choose Colorado Tour – a month-long, statewide road trip to celebrate food and agricultural products that are grown in Colorado. The Choose Colorado Tour, scheduled from Aug. 1 through 27, integrates 10 agricultural communities, celebrates farmers who help our state thrive and educate and influence consumers along the journey.

History Colorado Center festivities include an indoor/outdoor farmers market featuring local farms and Colorado Proud products, getting dirty with adobe brick making, craft and food demonstrations, and live performances all day long. These festivities are presented in partnership with the Colorado Tourism Office and AngloGold Ashanti North America Inc. In addition, the much renowned traveling exhibit Food: Our Global Kitchen will be open throughout August — the last chance Coloradans will have to see, touch, and taste this exhibit before it travels cross country.

History Colorado, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is on Facebook.com/HistoryColorado and on Twitter@HistoryColorado. For more information visit www.HistoryColorado.org, www.HistoryColoradoCenter.org, or call 303-447-8679.

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