DENVER (CBS4) – The History Colorado Center unveiled a new exhibit Tuesday morning that features something very old, and yet very important to every Coloradan.
Sponsors, historians and politicians gathered in the History Colorado Center to unveil the real star of the show — the Colorado Constitution. It’s now on display for all to see in its various and sundry forms.
“It’s a small exhibit — and temporary — though I’d like to think that this is the sort of thing we should take note of on a regular basis,” CBS4 Critic at Large Greg Moody said.
For the people of Colorado the Constitution brings together three copies of the 1876 work — in German, Spanish and English; along with other exhibits that explore the Constitution as it was and is.
“On Dec. 20, 1875, 39 constitutional delegates, mostly lawyers, but also with the sprinkling of bankers and doctors, ranchers and farmers, and even one newspaper man, convened at a meeting on 16th and Blake in Denver,” Colorado State Historian Dr. William J. Convery said. “This group of founders was charged with drafting a new constitution for the state of Colorado.”
There are four display cases with artifacts explaining Amendment 2 and the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, as well as Colorado as it existed politically before the Constitution.
“It’s a great jumping off point for education and discussion, as well as the perfect opportunity to show children just what a constitution looks like before politicians get their hands on it,” Moody said.
The History Colorado Center is now open at 12th and Broadway downtown. Tickets are only $10 for adults, seniors and students are $8, and children 6 to 12 are $6. The center is open seven days a week and there’s a lot to explore with even more on the way.
They’re also planning a big LEGOS exhibit for next year with a special kick-off event this weekend.
LINK: History Colorado Center
– Greg Moody is CBS4’s Critic At Large. His reports on CBS4 News are featured on the CBSDenver.com Entertainment section.