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A Museum is Born
By 1897, Edwin Carter was getting too old to continue his fieldwork, so he offered to sell his collection—valued by experts at between $30,000 and $50,000—for just $10,000 to a group of Denver leaders intent on starting a museum. A museum in the state’s capital seemed a fitting culmination of his life’s work, for he predicted that it would “grow up to be one of the great entertaining and educational institutions of the country.” He asked that a corporation be formed, a fireproof building be constructed, and that he be appointed curator for life with a salary of $150 a month.

When the group met in January 1899, John F. Campion offered his collection of crystallized gold from Breckenridge, and John T. Mason offered his extensive butterfly and moth collection to join Carter’s specimens. The group formally accepted Carter’s offer in December 1899, and on December 6, 1900, papers were filed with the secretary of state officially incorporating the Colorado Museum of Natural History. Unfortunately, Carter had died in February of that year, failing to see his dream materialize. The Museum opened to the public on July 1, 1908.

Introduction—100 Years Young
Chapter 2—Placing the Museum on the Map
Chapter 3—A Director Leaves a Lasting Impression
Chapter 4—Huge Boost to Anthropology Collections
Chapter 5—IMAX Comes to Denver
Chapter 6—New Programs Thanks to New Funds
Chapter 7—Launching the Space Science Initiative

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