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Colorado State Archives has moved
Colorado State Archives is moved upstairs to 1313 Sherman St., Room 122


Adoption - Jan 1, 2016 Colorado Birth Certificate access Change
Effective January 1, 2016, adult adoptees and other eligible parties (see application for eligible parties), regardless of when the adoption took place, may apply for a copy of the original birth certificate.


Angel Island (West Coast Immigration station) opened over a century ago
Most of America’s West Coast arrivals, between 1910 and 1940—Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, Mexicans, Central and South Americans, Russians and especially Asians—went through Angel Island Immigration Station.


Bataan Death March April 9, 1942 begins


Battle of Appomattox Court House, April 9, 1845 Final days of Civil War
Final engagement of Confederate Army general Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia before it surrendered to the Union Army under Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.


Battle of Okinawa begins code name Operation Iceberg - Early April until mid June 1945
The largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. he 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945.


Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945)
The Germans launch the last major offensive of the war, Operation Mist, also known as the Ardennes Offensive and the Battle of the Bulge, an attempt to push the Allied front line west from northern France to northwestern Belgium. The Battle of the Bulge, so-called because the Germans created a "bulge" around the area of the Ardennes forest in pushing through the American defensive line, was the largest fought on the Western front.


D DAY (World War II) 72 yr Anniversary
"Operation Overlord," the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe that began on D-Day -- June 6, 1944 -- on the beaches of Normandy, France.


Famous Fort Collins Council Tree
The Council Tree grew to be 100 feet high and 16 feet in diameter with twisting branches and a unique look.


Fort Collins Celebrates Sesquicentennial (150 years)
In 1864, Camp Collins--which was established near Laporte in 1862--moved to what is now the Old Town area after a devastating flood and became Fort Collins. Although the military post was abandoned in 1867, residents stayed behind--including Auntie Stone--and established the community of Fort Collins.


Fort Collins had beginning July 22, 1862


Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and (Local History Archives)


Homestead Act of 1862
The Homestead Act of 1862 brought about significant and enduring changes to the United States. By giving government land to individuals in 30 states this law allowed nearly any man or woman a chance to live the American Dream. Over 1.6 million people rose to the challenge and claimed 270 million acres.


Labor Day Sept. 4, 2017 All PRPLD Libraries Closed
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.


Medal of Honor - 150 years 1st recipients
On December 9, 1861 Iowa Senator James W. Grimes introduced S. No. 82 in the United States Senate, a bill designed to "promote the efficiency of the Navy" by authorizing the production and distribution of "medals of honor". The Law was signed by Abraham Lincoln.


Memorial Day


November is Native American Heritage Month
The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.


October is Family History Month


Old Town Library (PRPLD) opened Oct 18, 1976
The new City Library opened on October 18, 1976. Its' 33,500 square feet could accommodate 109,000 volumes and seat 124 patrons


Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941
Day that will live in Infamy - FDR The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, in the United States Territory of Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II.


Sand Creek Massacre - 152 year Anniversary
The Sand Creek Massacre - 8 Hours that changed the Great Plains forever - November 29, 1864


Sultana Disaster April 27, 1865
The worst maritime disaster in American history occurred 150 years ago when the steamship Sultana exploded and burned on the Mississippi River while dangerously overloaded with passengers.


Surrender of Japan (WW2) - 1945
September 2, 1945, Japanese representatives signed the official Instrument of Surrender, prepared by the War Department and approved by President Harry S. Truman.


The 1883 Water Works - Fort Collins
The Water Works is open for tours on the second Saturday of each month, May through October, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Water Works 2005 N Overland Trail Fort Collins, CO 80521


Titanic - 100th Anniversary
RMS Titanic was a British registered four funnelled ocean liner built for the transatlantic passenger and mail service between Southampton and New York. On 10 April 1912 the RMS Titanic sailed from Southampton, England with 2,200 passengers and crew, four days later the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank: 1500 people died and 700 survived.


US National Conscription (1862) - 150 years
The Confederate Congress on April 16, 1862, passed an act requiring military service for three years from all males aged eighteen to thirty-five not legally exempt; it later extended the obligation. The Conscription Act that passed Congress on March 3, 1863, is often cited as "the first draft in the North".


Victory in Europe end of WW2 May 8, 1945


Victory over Japan Day - Aug 15, 1945
Victory over Japan Day is the day on which Japan surrendered in World War II, in effect ending the war. The term has been applied to both of the days on which the initial announcement of Japan's surrender was made – to the afternoon of August 15, 1945, in Japan, and, because of time zone differences, to August 14, 1945 (when it was announced in the United States and the rest of the Americas and Eastern Pacific Islands) – as well as to September 2, 1945, when the signing of the surrender document occurred, officially ending World War II.


Voting Rights Act of 1965
Passed on August 6, 1965.


War of 1812
June 18th, 1812, President James Madison and the United States Congress declared war on Great Britain. Battles raged throughout the continent for over two years before peace was negotiated.


War of 1812 - Declaration of War - June 18, 1812
On June 18, 1812, President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain, marking the beginning of the War of 1812.


Women Air Force Service Pilots of World War II (WASP)
Between 1942 and 1944, at the height of World War II, more than a thousand women left homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime--to become the first in history to fly for the U.S. military.


Women's History Month - March


World War 1 Armistice on 11 November 1918
The Armistice of 11 November 1918 was an armistice during the First World War between the Allies and Germany – also known as the Armistice of Compiègne after the location in which it was signed – and the agreement that ended the fighting on the Western Front. It went into effect at 11 a.m. Paris time on 11 November 1918 ("the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month"), and marked a victory for the Allies and a complete defeat for Germany, although not formally a surrender


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