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Money of the American Civil War

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Fighting a war is an expensive undertaking, especially for a largely agrarian society whose capital is invested in slavery and cotton land. After their secession from the United States, the Confederate States of America was in need of revenue. Raising taxes was not feasible, as there was little in the way of infrastructure to support […]

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Fossil Friday

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Evidence of marine life is frequently found in Colorado despite its position as a land-locked state. During the Cretaceous Period, a shallow inland sea known as the Western Interior Seaway split North America in two. During this time, Colorado was either partially or completely underwater, allowing marine life to thrive. One prehistoric animal that made […]

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The Royal Order of Brothers of the Brush

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The Centennial Celebration of Cañon City was marked with many different activities, events, and contests. One such event was a beard growing contest as part of the observance. It was put on by the Cañon City Jaycee Chapter with Rob Sandner as chairman. Those that grew beards were members of the Royal Order of Brothers […]

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Ink-credible

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The use of inkwells dates back to Ancient Egypt, when scribes used stone with carved hollows to hold their ink. These developed to containers with a stopper to preserve the ink. Over time, inkwells became more orate as the upper classes undertook writing for themselves rather than using scribes. Early materials included stone, clay, or […]

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World Letter Writing Day

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The museum holds many letters, from numerous people and covering varied topics. Since today, September 1, is World Letter Writing Day it seems the perfect time to share a beautifully written letter from our collection. The letter is addressed to Mrs. Lewis and the Misses Peabody, Brewster, and Coats. It was written in thanks for […]