Now through November 17, you can vote for your favorite historic Colorado artifact or document as part of the Colorado Collections Connection’s campaign to highlight the importance of our state’s historic and cultural heritage. Artifacts were nominated by their owning institution and include items from museums and libraries large and small. The nominees come from all over the state, including from the Denver Public Library, Fort Morgan Museum, Hayden Heritage Center, Littleton Museum, Montrose Historical Society/Museum, Monte Vista Historical Society, and others. Nominees range from large items such as a stagecoach, to archival materials like the Longmont Museum’s collection of teacher grade books from the early- and mid-twentieth century. Other nominees include items belonging to famous Coloradans such as William Henry Jackson and Justina Ford. Anyone can vote, so choose your favorite today!
The Colorado Collections Connection is a partnership between the Auraria Library, History Colorado, the Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums, and the Colorado State Library. It continues the work initially started by a grant program known as Connecting to Collections. The Most Significant Artifact program is now in its fifth year, and you can read about the first two years in the report Colorado’s Top Ten Most Significant Artifacts, 2013 and 2014, available for checkout from our library. You can also find listings and photos of previous years’ nominees here.
Miss Yokohama, Colorado’s Japanese Friendship Doll from 1927, is among the nominees for the 2017 Colorado’s Most Significant Artifact.