Living West: Learn how water helped shape the state

Interactive exhibit at History Colorado explores connections between people, Colorado’s natural resources and its environment.

January 21, 2019 | By: Jose Salas, Gianna Lombardi
On Jan. 16, 2019, Gianna Lombardi, Denver Water communications specialist, visited History Colorado’s Living West exhibit.
On Jan. 16, 2019, Gianna Lombardi, Denver Water communications specialist, visited History Colorado’s Living West exhibit for #MuseumSelfieDay. Photo credit: Denver Water.

 

How important is water in Colorado’s past and present? Living West, an exhibit at History Colorado, explores just that question.

Sponsored by Denver Water since 2013, the interactive display challenges visitors of all ages to calculate their own water footprint, utilize a snowpack-to-water converter and learn about how water shapes their lives by considering ways we can work together to create a sustainable future.

As part of #MuseumSelfieDay, which was observed on Jan. 16, 2019, Denver Water TAP staff visited the History Colorado Center and, as you might have guessed, took selfies with the staff and exhibits for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Living West exhibit at History Colorado showcases the challenges of a water provider in Colorado.
Living West exhibit at History Colorado showcases the challenges of a water provider in Colorado. Photo credit: Denver Water.

The exhibit also includes renowned collections of ceramics, basketry and other finds from Mesa Verde in southwestern Colorado. Representatives from various tribes helped select nearly 200 artifacts.

Another museum partnership is the “Water” exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marisco Campus. The exhibit encourages children to splash around, make objects float and even make music with raindrops — all while learning about what makes water do the things it does.

For more information on exhibits, entry fees or hours of operation visit www.historycolorado.org or www.mychildsmuseum.org

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