In 1938, the citizens of Golden began officially gathering, exhibiting, and preserving the town’s history by establishing a permanent collection. Today, GHM&P continues to take this responsibility very seriously, documenting the unfolding history of Golden’s people, places, and things. Naturally, it follows that collections management is fundamental to the work we do.
Our collection comes in all shapes and sizes and includes archival materials, photographs, maps, furniture, clothing, ceramics, musical instruments, tools, you name it. We even have buildings in our collection (Astor House, Guy Hill Schoolhouse, and Pearce/Helps cabin, to name a few). Golden History Museum & Park cares for a collection that numbers over 15,000 items and continues to grow.
About 3,500 highlights of the collection may be viewed online, and more are being added regularly. About 2,900 of those are photographs which document a visual record of Golden. Some of our earliest photos give a glimpse of business on Washington Avenue in 1860, while more recent photos evoke the thrill of racing in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2011, for example.
These photographs have the power to educate, inform, record, and preserve moments in time for future generations. They are invaluable for sharing memories and self expression.
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