Colorado's 2016 Top Ten Significant Artifacts

Voted on by the public!

Each item below tells a story and collectively represents the diverse history of Colorado and highlights the importance of our historic and cultural heritage!

Thank you to all the cultural heritage organizations throughout Colorado that have participated in this program! This campaign honors and recognizes your care and preservation of documents, films, diaries, books and other artifacts that allow visitors to better understand the diversity of our states history! 

Listed in Alphabetical Order:

Artifacts from the Mantle’s Cave Collection, AD 1000, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Banner of the Società Femminile Di M.S. Principessa Lolanda of Pueblo, Colorado, c.1920, Pueblo City-County Library District

Brochure from the Texas-Colorado Chautauqua Opening Season, 1898, Colorado Chautauqua Association

Certificate Signed by President Theodore Roosevelt in Honor of CF&I Physicians and Surgeons, 1908, Steelworks Center of the West

Hand Painted Theater Curtain from the Rex Theater, 1927-1928, Louisville Historical Museum

Front Door of a Blacksmith Business with Farm Brands Burned into the Wood, early 1900s, Niwot Historical Society

Fulford Signal Newspaper “EXTRA!” Announces a Gold Strike, 1893, Eagle Valley Library District & Historical Society

Kersey Surprise Weekly Newspaper, 1912-1915, Kersey Historical Museum

Marriage Proposal Letter, 1866, Fort Morgan Museum

Mosaic Rainbow Trout Floor Tile, 1930-1940, Douglas County History Repository  

2016 Most Significant Artifact Honorees

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Prior Years Most Significant Artifacts:

2013     2014     2015

Thank you to the following people for thier help in the 2016 program:

Jim Kroll, Manager, Western History/ Genealogy Department., Denver Public Library
Ed Crowther, Professor of History, Adams State University
Rebecca Hunt, Assistant Professor, C/T, (Public History) University of Colorado Denver
Moya Hansen, Former Curator, History Colorado
Eileen Bolger, Director, National Archives
Patricia J. Rettig, Head Archivist, Water Resources Archive, Colorado State University
Lisa Studts, Archivist/Curator Canon City, Colorado Museum