‘The Giver’ is a capital idea for travelers

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‘The Giver’ is a capital idea for travelers

Denver Center stages winning adaptation of Lowry’s novel
Philip Pleasants (The Giver) and Alastair Hennessy (Jonas) star in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s production of “The Giver.”
New History Colorado Center opens in Denver

The Colorado History Museum is coming of age in a big way. Now called History Colorado Center, the museum is an enormous new building that opened last spring and will soon unveil a major exhibition titled “Living West.”

On a recent visit, two unexpected Durango-related events made the state’s southwestern landscape, and history come alive. In the Anschutz Hamilton Hall, a multistory atrium, The Great Map of Colorado fills the entire floor. A Time Machine straight out of a Jules Verne novel moves around and plays video stories from the state’s history.

For our corner of the world, the tale of how Mesa Verde became a national park begins with the scientific expedition of Gustaf Nordenskiöld, his subsequent trial, release and the increasing pressure that led to national park status. It’s of keen interest to me, because my late husband and I spent 10 years researching and writing an extensive biography of Nordenskiöld. At the Center, he’s recognized, as he should be, as a key figure in Colorado history.

“Colorado Stories” is a major permanent exhibition on the second-floor. It features eight sections; Silverton and its mining history has the biggest and most impressive display. Another surprise: Duane Smith, professor emeritus at Fort Lewis College, narrates the Silverton film. Then you may enter a mining cage for a simulated ride down into Sunnyside Mine. It’s the most elaborate of the eight exhibits with interactive components including a dynamite test.

Designed for families, the new center offers continuous programming including films, lectures and live Chautauqua performances of key figures in our state’s history.

If you go

“The Giver,” a play based on the novel by Lois Lowry, adapted by Eric Coble, directed by Edward Lapine, through Thursday in the Ricketson Theatre at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $27 available by phone at (303) 893-4100 or online at www.denvercenter.org.

The History Colorado Center is located at 1200 Broadway, one block from the Denver Art Museum. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Admission is free for members, $10 for adults with discounts for seniors, students and children. For more information, visit www.HistoryColoradoCenter.org.

‘The Giver’ is a capital idea for travelers

Philip Pleasants (The Giver) and Alastair Hennessy (Jonas) star in the Denver Center Theatre Company’s production of “The Giver.”
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