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Colorado History Museum; History Colorado (Denver, CO 80203-2109)
Shannon Voirol (Project Director: September 2020 to present)
The Sand Creek Massacre Exhibition

Implementation of a permanent exhibition about the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre of Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal members.

History Colorado respectfully requests an implementation grant to support the construction of Sand Creek Massacre, a five-year minimum, permanent exhibition at the History Colorado Center in Denver. Our staff are developing the exhibition in partnership with three tribes: Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Northern Arapaho Tribe, and Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. On November 29, 1864, U.S. federal troops attacked a peaceful camp of Cheyenne and Arapaho who, at the direction of Colorado’s governor, were lawfully occupying the land along the Sand Creek on southeastern Colorado’s plains. Under Colonel John Chivington's command, the troops murdered more than 230 women, children, and elders as they tried to run for safety. This exhibition will be the first in the U.S. to share the culturally vetted history of the massacre through the voices of Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal members.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Exhibitions: Implementation

Public Programs

$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2021 – 4/30/2023