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DOCUMENTING SITES OF UNDERTOLD HISTORY

African American Travel and Recreation Resource Survey

History Colorado Board Award
2022 Stephen H. Hart Awards

This survey documents the history of 280 Colorado travel and recreation sites that helped to form a nationwide network of resilience created by businesses, families and Black travelers in the face of racism, segregation and sun-down towns through 1965. 


Just over 50% of the sites identified are still intact. Surveys like this are an important step in documenting this essential American and Colorado history and preserving these places so they can continue to tell this story. 


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"Saving Colorado Black History: Historians working to preserve places and stories" (DenverChannel, February 2021)

Sites connected to Colorado's LGBTQ History: A Survey Plan (in progress)

The Colorado Historical Foundation is developing a survey plan for Colorado sites associated with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer history iand we need your insight (5- minute survey)Previous surveys and studies of LGBTQ sites will be gathered and will inform the statewide survey plan.


This project, hopefully the first in a series, aims to provide Colorado communities information about local tangible historic sites that convey LGBTQ history. The project is funded by a grant from the History Colorado State Historical Fund.

First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Colorado Springs

Boggsville Site Preservation

The Colorado Historical Foundation, in partnership with the Bent County Historical Society, is stabilizing and restoring the Thomas Boggs and John Prowers Houses located at Boggsville, a hub of multicultural history along the Santa Fe Trail. The Foundation also administered the grant to amend the site's National Register of Historic Properties listing to document its multi-ethnic and cultural roots, as well as the roles women played in property rights and care for the site in its early days.


Funding partners include the History Colorado State Historical Fund, the Gates Family Foundation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Peter Grant Fund, the Daughters of the American Revolution and numerous individual donors.


Women's Suffrage Sites in Colorado: A Survey Plan 

As the first state where women won the right to vote by popular referendum, Colorado has an extensive history of engagement in the women's suffrage movement. This statewide survey begins to document the locations tied to this important facet of women's - and Colorado's - history.


The next phase includes recommending specific sites for historic designation or expanding the current historical designation records to include each site's association with women's history. The Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado State Historic Preservation Office, is pursuing this work through an Underrepresented Communities Grant from the National Park Service. 

Hinsdale County Courthouse