Tour 9: The Colorado State Capitol: Historic Interpretation and Preservation
Tour leader: Derek R. Everett, Metropolitan State University
As the home of state government, the Colorado State Capitol serves and represents the more than 5 million people who call the Centennial State home. Join Capitol historian and Metropolitan State University history professor Derek R. Everett on a tour of the building and grounds and explore how the statehouse's architecture and decoration reflect both Colorado's uniqueness and its ties to the rest of the Union. The tour will emphasize the state's efforts to provide a more inclusive recognition of gender and ethnicity through artwork and memorials, the challenges of interpreting often controversial stories in such a public setting, and historic preservation and restoration projects to return the Capitol to its turn-of-the-20th-century grandeur. See for yourself why the statehouse architect, writing in 1886, called his design "the admiration of future ages," and why a 1950 reporter remarked: "It is the heart of Colorado."
Please note: The Capitol is accessible; participants will pass through security screening as they enter. Participants will walk approximately 15 minutes to and from the Capitol. Alternate transportation for people with disabilities is available on request.
Limit 30 people. $20 members, $25 nonmembers