Colorado's history told through 100 items

How did they pick them?

NEXT WITH KYLE CLARK - Though Colorado became a state in 1876, the Centennial State's history goes back long before then.

An exhibit at History Colorado defines the state with just 100 items, all the way from 13,000 years ago till now.

The hundred were narrowed down from their enormous collection of 15 million items.

The purpose of this project is to show, "who we are as Coloradans, the people who shaped our state in the past and how we can learn from those things to consider who we want to be as Coloradans in the future," Julie Peterson, the Zoom In Exhibit developer said.  

The items include a Columbine High School sympathy card from 1999, John Denver's guitar, Aspen Mountain ski lift no. 1 chair, and Dwight D. Eisenhower's Jacket from the late 1940s. 

Here is a complete list of the items: 

1.    Folsom spear point from the Lindenmeier site (12,900 to 11,700 years ago)
2.    Ancestral Puebloan basketry tray (900-1100)
3.    Ancestral Puebloan cooking jar (1100-1280)
4.    New World Spanish coins (1655-1742)
5.    Apachean ceramic vessel (1675-1725)
6.    Spanish sword blade (1828-35)
7.    Coiled pitch basket (Ute) (1850-1900)
8.    Shield cover (Southern Cheyenne, Attributed to Lame Bull) (about 1850)
9.    Buckskin and shell dress (Comanche or Kiowa) (about 1870)
10.    Parfleche (Jicarilla Apache) (about 1870)
11.    Juan Cristobal Tafoya’s musket (1838-1844)
12.    Shag beaver felt top hat (1820s-30s; 1856-67)
13.    Bent family Bible (1839)
14.    Kit Carson’s coat (1853-1868)
15.    Buffalo fur overcoat (1830s; 1870-80 mfg)
16.    Double adobe brick mold (1851-1885)
17.    Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) retablo (1850-1880)
18.    Fifty-niner’s “For Pikes Peak” whiskey flask (1859)
19.    Wilbur Fisk Stone’s gold ingot (1860-65)
20.    Nathaniel P. Hill’s barometer & altimeter (1864-73) 
21.    Ox yoke (1860s)
22.    John Cisco’s shotgun (1865-69)
23.    Rocky Mountain News press lever (1859-64)
24.    U.S. Flag of the 1st Regiment of Colorado Volunteers, Carried at Glorieta Pass (1861)
25.    William Gilpin’s Saltillo blanket (about 1863)
26.    Felipe and Jose Espinosa’s pistols (1863)
27.    Detlef Martens’s sewing machine (1865)
28.    Denver Volunteer Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 helmet (1866-69)
29.    Isaac Baer’s slat-back straight chair (1869)
30.    Spotted Tail’s Friendly Band flag (1867-68)
31.    US Army Cavalry spur from the Battle of Beecher Island (1868)
32.    Ceremonial silver railroad spike (1870)
33.    John Wesley Prowers’s branding iron (1874-84)
34.    Chief Ouray’s desk (1876-77)
35.    Colorado State Constitution (1876)
36.    Horace and “Baby Doe” Tabor’s bedroom vanity (1883)
37.    Rio Grande Southern & Silverton Railroad pass issued by Otto Mears (1892)
38.    Robert Roeschlaub architectural drawing, Trinity Methodist Church (1873-1912; 1887)
39.    Colorado Mineral Palace building model (1893)
40.    William Willet Rose’s Colorado National Guard kepi hat (1896-97)
41.    Quon Tai “Daisy” Yuen Chin’s wedding dress (1870s-1912)
42.    Child’s toy cradleboard (Ute) (1890s)
43.    Florence Bell’s crazy quilt (1893)
44.    Ellen Jack’s baptismal gown (1895)
45.    The Mauro Special (1893-98)
46.    Ballot box and case (1884 mfg; 1894 election)
47.    Despondency vase (Artus Van Briggle) (1901)
48.    Festival of Mountain and Plain “Rough Riders” rodeo trophy belt (1895-1901)
49.    Mary Smith’s Longhorn steer armchair (1894-1904)
50.    License plate number 2 (1902-3)
51.    Epworth League Seventh International All for Christ convention badge (1905)
52.    William Jennings Bryan campaign ribbon (1908)
53.    Charles Walden Rothwell’s hammer from Dearfield (1913-30)
54.    International Dry-Farming Congress & International Soil Products Exposition first prize medal (1915)
55.    Clifford Wayne Brandon’s grasshopper plow (1915-1925)
56.    Joe Zanetell’s mining pick (1914; 1910-20 used)
57.    Outdoor Christmas Lights (1914; 1920s; 1930s mfg)
58.    Molly Brown’s opera cloak (1915-20)
59.    Rocky Mountain National Park wooden plaque (1915; 1927 made)
60.    Coors malted milk can (1916; 1923 mfg)
61.    Thomas Woodward Waltemeyer’s WWI doughboy helmet (1917-18)
62.    Beet topper (1910)
63.    Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno (Man of Sorrows) Rio Grande Valley bulto (1870s - 1930s)
64.    Peach crate labels (1923-1975)
65.    Denver City Market Bell (1900-1939)
66.    Shale oil sample (1926)
67.    Moffat Tunnel drill bit (1927)
68.    Oscillating water sprinkler (about 1930)
69.    The Einspahr brothers’ toy tractor and threshing machine (1935)
70.    Gilbert “Gil” Fernandez’s coat (1931; 1975)
71.    Leroy Smith’s Shriner hat (1940s)
72.    Japanese gaman made at Amache internment camp (1942-46)
73.    Camp Trinidad Post Office sign (1941-45)
74.    Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Jacket (1945-48)
75.    10th Mountain Division uniform (1944-45)
76.    Aspen Mountain ski lift chair, Lift No. 1 (1946)
77.    Rockmount Ranch Wear Western shirts (1950s)
78.    Colorado state flag (1941 mfg; 1960 adopted)
79.    United Airlines Flight 629 airplane fragment (1955)
80.    Frontier Airlines dining set (1950-1986)
81.    United States Air Force Academy cadet hat (1959)
82.    Geiger Counter (late 1940s-70s; 1960 mfg) 
83.    Rocky Flats nuclear facility anti-contamination gloves (1952-1989; 1985-95 used)
84.    Jack Swigert’s Apollo 13 inflight cover garment (1969)
85.    Mestizo head plaque (1968)
86.    John Denver’s Special Edition Yamaha guitar (1970s-80s; 1986 mfg)
87.    Denver candidate for the Winter Olympics poster (1976)
88.    Orange Crush sweater (1977)
89.    Wynkoop Brewing Company tap handles (about 1988)
90.    Bob Sakata’s hat (1990s)
91.    Wellington Webb’s sneakers (1990-91)
92.    Lakota Clairmont’s Grass Dance costume (1994)
93.    International Sister City Resolution and Partnership Agreement of Axum, Ethiopia and Denver, Colorado (1995)
94.    Columbine High School sympathy card (1999)
95.    Arapahoe High School letter jacket (2006)
96.    Democratic National Convention presidential nomination admission badge (2008)
97.    Crocs Aspen Vent clogs (2009 mfg)
98.    Garth Criswell & Mark Kraft’s civil union license (2013)
99.    Denver County Fair Pot Pavilion water pipe (2014)
100.    War Veterans shawl (Ute) (1980s-present)

At the end of the exhibit, visitors can suggest the 101 item to be added to the exhibit. Zoom In is open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the History Colorado Center in Denver.

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