Archive for July, 2009

Fort Collins History Connection is LIVE!

by Lesley Drayton, Curator of the Local History Archive 

Explore the NEW website for the Fort Collins Local History Archive at


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This project is the culmination of over two years of work between Poudre River Public Library District and the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center. After selecting and testing a new database product (CONTENTdm®), migrating data from the old database to the new one, adding the Museum artifacts information to the new system, creating new workflow procedures for staff and volunteers, and creating a new website (whew!), we’re ready for you to enjoy! There is even a new name representing the collaboration between the Library and Museum – Fort Collins History Connection.

There are lots of new features to explore! Zoom in on maps, view scanned city directories, or browse the Native American collection in the Museum Artifacts area. Also try using the search box to uncover a myriad of historical resources.

Have fun and let us know what you think!


New Museum website launches

by Terry Burton, Digital Media Coordinator

We had a big day at the Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center yesterday — we opened as a joint science and history experience, featuring both DSC’s best-loved hands-on interactive science exhibits and the Museum’s history exhibits (see the Coloradoan online for some great pictures and a video from yesterday). Since DSC closed at their Prospect Street location on May 30th, we’ve been working hard to create this new combined space where visitors can learn, explore, and have fun. We’re very excited about the results and hope you’ll come see us soon to experience it for yourself!

As part of our opening as a combined museum experience, we also launched our new Fort Collins Museum & Discovery Science Center website. It’s at the same address — — but has a whole lot more to offer, including podcasts, videos, do-at-home science activities, information for educators and researchers, ideas for planning your visit, and more. Slinky, our ball python, is even getting in on the action — he’s Twittering his “snake’s-eye view” of goings-on at the Museum. You can follow him on Twitter at SlinkyWorld.

All of this is to say there’s a lot going on at the Museum! Come visit us, whether in person or online — there’s always more to explore.

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