Colorado's 2017 Most Significant Artifacts

For the past five years, Colorado Collections Connection has sponsored the Most Significant Artifacts campaign “to honor and recognize Colorado’s cultural heritage organizations that care and preserve documents, films, diaries, books and other artifacts.  Each item tells a story and collectively, represents the diverse history of Colorado.”  Thank you for your support, nominations and votes!

We are excited to announce that beginning in 2018, History Colorado will sponsor the Colorado’s Most Significant Artifact program.  This spring, you will receive updates and information from History Colorado regarding how, and when nominations will be accepted for 2019.  

Congratulations to the 2017 Colorado Top Ten Artifacts, selected by public vote!

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Denim "Hippie" Skirt: Museum of Boulder



Dr. Justina L. Warren Ford's Medical Bag: Black Western American Museum



William Henry Jackson's Eastman View Camera, 1915: Denver Public Library



The Yeager-Badger Creek Partial Vessel: Fort Morgan Museum



Tokens from the Company Coal Mining Town of Mt. Harris, Colorado: Hayden Heritage Center


Teacher Registration and Grade Books, 1920-1961: Lyons Historical Society



The Circle Route Stagecoach, 1884: Montrose County Historical Society/Museum



Galvanized Steel and Cast-iron Fire Cart, 1910: Niwot Historical Society



Posters Advertising Picnics at Pine Tree Park, Post WWII:  Pine Tree Park Recreation Area



A Sheet of Letterhead Stationary: Monte Vista Historical Society


2017 Honorees

Miss Yokohama, Colorado's Japanese Friendship Doll, 1927
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys

Fitzsimons Army Medical Center Commemoration Medallion
Health Sciences Librtary - University of Colorado Anschutz medical Campus

Red-painted Wooden Hose Cart, 1892
Littleton Museum

Burlap Flour Sack, WWI
Longmont Museum

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Prior Years Most Significant Artifacts:

2013     2014     2015    2016