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Among the first phase of exhibits: uAdjacent to the floor map, a full-scale Model T with a

Visitors can navigate this H. G. Wells-inspired Time Machine, created by Lexington Fabrication, across “the people’s map” for information about a variety of Colorado locations and historical figures.

Two unique mechanical guides—

brass and copper “time machines”— will roll at your command across the map floor, displaying information about the state we all love and its his- tory of heartbreak and inspiration. State historian William Convery

spent a lot of time in libraries and cof- fee shops meeting with Coloradans, asking them what the map should look like. “People said they wanted to walk on

the mountains,” he said. “We call it the people’s map.” Convery hopes that out-of-state visi-

tors will tour the museum first before continuing their trip into other parts of the state. The public also wanted the center to

set a new standard for museum con- struction. And it does, with a uniquely Colorado mix of raw and recycled materials throughout: beetle kill pine, recycled glass, Colorado Douglass Fir doors, Lyons sandstone, and strand woven aspen millwork.

Courage and interdependence

Exhibits reflect public input and display “the courage and interdepen- dence” necessary for Coloradans to overcome differences and difficulties, Convery said.

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projection screen in front will help modern-day drivers experi- ence the dusty hazards of Keota, a Weld County town in the 1920s. Drought and the Depression leveled the community, and all that’s left is a school foundation and few other mark- ers, but descendants of Keota founders still travel from all over the nation each year for a reunion at nearby Briggsdale. That enduring sense of community, when all physical evidence is gone, intrigued Convery, as well as the public he surveyed. Other elements of the exhibit will allow visitors to “enroll

in the town high school, share town news in a homestead kitchen, climb into a hayloft and swap eggs at the general store,” Convery says. uOn the second floor, you’ll hear the voices of six key char-

acters in the Sand Creek massacre of 1864. Those words will also appear to float, collide and dissipate on translucent fabric stretched over a display of items recovered from the killing fields. uNearby is a celebration of Howelsen Hill at Steamboat

Springs, one of America’s first ski resorts and the train- ing ground of Olympians ever since. Included is a virtual ski jump simulating the thrill of soaring above Steamboat Springs. Items on display will include Johnny Spillane’s 2010 Olympic medal. uA remembrance of the Japanese-Americans forcibly

moved to Amache, a wind-blown World War II internment camp near Lamar, will recall their anguish but also the politi- cal courage of Gov. Ralph Carr, who spoke boldly against threats to the internees. “If you harm them, you must harm me,” Carr said. “I was brought up in a small town where I knew the shame and dishonor of race hatred. I grew to despise it because it threatened the happiness of you and you and you.” uA recreation of a circa 1880s Silverton mine where you feel like you “descend” into from a mine shaft elevator, with a

Visitors to History Colorado’s Keota exhibit will be able to handle replicas of 1920s era food items—including Colgate toothpaste, Kellogg’s cereal, and more local items.

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