Colorful History

Pop Culture Classroom has created a FREE, bi-weekly comic strip called Colorful History, with the goal of educating students about significant and diverse characters and events from Colorado’s history.

Students will have the opportunity to zoom through the cosmos with Scott Carpenter, relive the Titanic tragedy through the eyes of Molly Brown, ride to Washington D.C. with Madeleine Albright, celebrate victory with John Elway, and learn so much more about the “colorful” state of Colorado and beyond. Each comic is accompanied by a teacher’s guide.


Find out how cowboy William F. Cody earned the nickname “Buffalo Bill”.

Read the tale of one family’s experience during the Sand Creek Massacre.

Read about The Gang of Nineteen, and how they fought for equal rights for the differently-abled.

Learn about Ellis Meredith, suffragette, journalist, and trailblazer for women’s politics.

Learn about the man behind the Stanley Hotel and how he helped turn Estes Park into the bustling tourist town it is today. 

Learn how Denver’s Gay Coalition was formed to offer a safe place for the LGBT community. 

In Issue #27, learn the story of Teresita Sandoval, a pioneer who helped pave the way for generations to come in the West.

Learn the story of Federico Peña, the first Hispanic mayor of Denver.

Learn about the origins of the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center and how it has shaped the lives of Olympic athletes since 1978.

Learn about Dr. Florence Rena Sabin, a pioneer whose dedication to public health transformed Colorado and the world.

Learn the heartwarming story of Rupe Sherwood and his lifelong friend, Prunes the burro.

Learn the story of Katharine Lee Bates, an American songwriter who is remembered as the author of the words to “America the Beautiful.”

Hear the story of Bertha Kaepernik Blancett, the first woman to compete at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo.

Pop Culture Classroom - Colorful History - Red Rocks

Learn about the rich musical history of the Red Rocks Amphitheater and how it became one of the most iconic concert venues in the world.

Colorful History - Denver PrideFest Parade - Pop Culture Classroom

Learn the origins of the Denver PrideFest Parade and how it has become one of the largest Pride Parades in the country.

Pop Culture Classroom - Colorful History - Frances Wisebart Jacosbs

Learn about Colorado pioneer Frances Wisebart Jacobs, founder of The United Way.

Pop Culture Classroom - Colorful History - Dwight Eisenhower

Learn about the life and legacy of Five-Star General and 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Colorful History - Anne Waldman - Pop Culture Classroom

Learn about Anne Waldman, famous artist and co-founder of Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

Pop Culture Classroom - Colorful History - The Ludlow Massacre

Learn about violent events in the mining town of Ludlow that led to key reforms for safety and workers’ rights in Colorado.

Pop Culture Classroom | Colorful History | Colorado State Flag

Learn the origins of the Colorado State Flag and what its design and colors represent.

Casimiro Barela helped write Colorado’s State Constitution, making sure it was published in English, Spanish, and German.

Issue #12 is about Hattie McDaniel, who was the first African-American Academy Award winner.

Learn about Barney Ford, who started life with no last name and ended up using his influence to oppose Colorado’s racist voting laws.

Learn about Clara Brown, and how she helped freed slaves start a new life in Denver.

Learn about Enos Mills, the father of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Find out the history of the Howelsen Hill Ski Area, the oldest continuously operated ski area in the country.

Read about Heavyweight Champion of the World, Jack Dempsey.

Learn about Madeleine Albright, one of the most influential diplomats in U.S. history.

Learn about Elizabeth Ensley, who launched one of the most successful campaigns for women’s rights in U.S. history.

Discover the history of Cheesman Park as a sacred burial site, cemetery and eventually the bustling and beautiful park we know today.

Learn about Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales’ message of unity and pride that united a generation and ignited a movement.

Relive the Titanic tragedy though the eyes of Margaret “Molly” Brown.

Zoom through the cosmos with Colorado native Scott Carpenter as he completes one of the first manned missions in space.