Black American West Museum and Heritage Center

3091 California Street
Denver Colorado 80205

Telephone: 303-292-2566

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We Tell It Like It Was

Mission Goals

The Black American West Museum & Heritage Center's mission and goals are the interpreting, collecting, housing, displaying, exhibiting, and preserving of historical artifacts, documents and other memorabilia which tell the history and relate the stories of Black men and women who helped settle and develop the great American West. This approach allows visual artistic inculcation of the rich and colorful contributions of Black pioneers in the western United States.


The Museum began as the personal hobby of Paul Stewart, who, as a child playing cowboys and Indians, always had to be the Indian because, "There was no such thing as a Black cowboy." After Mr. Stewart reached adulthood, he met a Black cowboy-a man who had led cattle drives at the turn of the century-and at that time, vowed to unearth all the material he could on other African American W estern Pioneers.

So the story begins of one man's search and discovery of a past not recorded in history books. His search has taken him to nearly every corner of the West, gathering personal artifacts, memorabilia, newspapers, legal documents, clothing, letters, photographs, and oral histories. It was this original "Paul Stewart Collection" that formed the nucleus for the Museum which formally began operation in 1971.

Today, thanks to the dedicated leadership of an untiring Board of Directors, many community volunteers and corporate supporters, the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center has grown to become one of the most comprehensive sources of historic materials about African Americans in the West.

Some little-known facts

Yes, African-American people played a major role in the settling and ahaping of the American West. Yet, until now, this story has gone virtually untold. From the early fur trade until today, the Museum's exhibits document this history, with a special emphasis on Colorado and early Denver. It's a story not found in history books, but

....we tell it like it was.


Conveniently located in the old Five Points neighborhood-five minutes from downtown Denver. RTD Bus Service on routes 7, 28, 32, and 38, Light Rail Service.

Guided Tours (Reservations required).

Special Events, Traveling Exhibits, Gift Shop and Community Meeting room available. Museum docents available for workshops and educational presentations to schools, libraries, community centers and other groups.


Come Visit Us

Summer Hours --- June 1 - August 31

Monday thru Friday --- 10 a.m - 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday --- 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Winter Hours --- September 1 - May 31

Closed Monday and Tuesday
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday --- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday --- 12 noon - 5 p.m.

Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's

Admission

Adults
Senior Citizens (55+)
Ages (5-12)
$6.00
$5.00
$4.00

Black American West Museum and Heritage Center
3091 California Street
Denver Colorado 80205

Telephone: 303-292-2566
Fax: (303) 382-1981

Join and Support the Museum

CLICK HERE FOR MEMBERSHIP FORM

CLICK HERE FOR GIFTS AND BOOKS


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