Colorado Communities Celebrate May as 2014 Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month

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    DENVER May 1, 2014 — May is Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month! Coloradans throughout the state are celebrating their historic built environments, archaeological relics and local history. This year’s theme is Heritage at Work, in part to recognize the 100th anniversary of the harrowing Ludlow Massacre, one of the most significant events in Colorado history.

    On April 20, 1914, a makeshift tent colony near Trinidad was ravaged by gunshots and fire when the Colorado National Guard attacked striking coal miners and their families at the Ludlow tent colony. That tragedy exposed the abhorrent working conditions facing miners, and other laborers, around Colorado and the nation at the beginning of the 20th century, and its aftermath changed forever how Coloradans work.

    From farmers and miners to railroaders and Rosie the Riveter, Coloradans have always been hard workers, eager and willing to build a state that’s now on the forefront of engineering, agriculture, transportation, manufacturing, aerospace, health, energy and entrepreneurship.

    Whether you’re from Durango or Denver, your community—and your own two hands!—have shaped Colorado’s working past and future. Join us to honor our legacy of labor, and attend events across the state that share stories about Colorado’s Heritage at Work.

    Want to know what’s going on in your area? Check out History Colorado’s online Archaeology and Historic Preservation Events Calendar! We’ve got tons of events for the whole family to enjoy.

    Visit to learn more about Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month and to submit your community’s celebratory event to our online calendar. To request an AHPM poster, contact Claire Lanier, Preservation Programs Outreach Coordinator, at 303/866-2825 or

    About History Colorado
    History Colorado inspires generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in building a better Colorado. Find History Colorado on Facebook and on Twitter @HistoryColorado, #COHistory and #PreserveCO. History Colorado is headquartered in the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203. Visit or call (303) HISTORY for more information.

    Media Contact:
    Shannon Haltiwanger, Preservation Communications Manager
    (303) 866-2049,

    SOURCE History Colorado


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