History Colorado has announced that Dawn DiPrince will be the nonprofit’s next executive director.
DiPrince will assume the role of executive director on Sept. 1. She is taking over for Steve Turner, who is retiring after 13 years of serving as History Colorado’s executive director.
“Both Dawn’s heart and her head are firmly rooted in exploring and fully telling the stories of Colorado history, making her an outstanding choice to lead this valued organization into the future,” said Tamra Ward in a news release. Ward chairs History Colorado’s board of directors. “At a time when history has never felt more relevant, her dynamism, passion, demonstrated skill in community collaboration, and business acumen made her the clear choice.”
History Colorado is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and oversees nine museums throughout the state, including the four-story History Colorado Center — which houses the Stephen H. Hart Research Center — located at 1200 N. Broadway which borders Denver’s Capitol Hill and Golden Triangle neighborhoods. History Colorado is one of six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado.
DiPrince has been with History Colorado since 2012 and has held various positions throughout her tenure. She started her career with the organization as the assistant director of El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo and eventually became director of that museum. She later assumed a senior management role for all of History Colorado’s community museums. DiPrince moved to Denver in 2019 to become the organization’s chief operating officer and has held that position since.
During her time with History Colorado, DiPrince has accomplished a number of achievements, including implementing educational and community-oriented programing and exhibitions and helping to transform a historic house museum into the Center for Colorado Women’s History — which is located at 1310 Bannock St. in Denver’s Golden Triangle.
DiPrince is the third woman to hold the executive director’s role since History Colorado’s beginning 142 years ago.
“I am incredibly honored to have the opportunity to lead History Colorado into the future, serving both an organization and a state that I love so much,” said DiPrince in a news release. “We will continue to grow History Colorado’s service to communities across the state and expand how we think about the role of history in our lives and who it includes. Every Coloradan should see themselves in our collections and stories.”
To learn more about History Colorado, visit HistoryColorado.org or call 303-HISTORY.
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