Museum Blog

The 1918 Flu Pandemic

Posted on

This blog was originally posted May 15, 2018. World War I claimed the lives of an estimated 16 million people but an even deadlier killer snuck in on the coattails of the war. An estimated 50 million worldwide were killed in the flu pandemic of 1918 and at least one fifth of the population was […]

Museum Blog

Why is the Census Important to Historians?

Posted on

The decennial census goes back to 1790 and is a tangible record of the people living in the United States. For historians, this record can help trace family histories, track societal changes over decades, and provide information about individuals throughout history who have few records left behind such as immigrants, people of color, and the […]

Museum Blog

The Royal Order of Half Wits

Posted on

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 […]

Museum Blog

You’ve Got To Be “Ghosting” Me!

Posted on

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. […]