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Census 2020

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All the way back in 1790, the very first census asked for just six things: the name of the head of the household, the number of free white males over 16, free white males under 16, free white females, all other free persons, and enslaved people in the household. Enslaved people were counted as three-fifths […]

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The Royal Order of Half Wits

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Half-wit is not usually a term that people tend to use to describe themselves. However, one group from Cañon City decided it was precisely the correct word for their society. Known as the Royal Order of Half Wits, the group met each summer to go on trips and dance together and have a “general good […]

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The World As a Classroom

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By Kodee Summers Traveling the world is a dream for many people. They want to experience a different culture and get to experience a day in the life of another. Many of us don’t get to experience different cultures at a young age. However, when foreign exchange programs fully came into practice in 1876, students […]

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You’ve Got To Be “Ghosting” Me!

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By Willow Passero Most people know about the St. Cloud Hotel, but what about the stories of ghosts that roamed the halls? Now, I’m not telling you to believe in ghosts as that’s for you to decide, but here are some chilling stories from the St. Cloud Hotel. This first story has never been explained. […]

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Hatters Gonna Hat

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Headwear in some form or another has persisted throughout history. Hats are representative of both fashion and social changes during different periods of time. In honor of hat day, here are some photos from our collection of different styles of women’s hats from the 1880s to the 1960s. 1880s Hats during this time generally had […]