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About Us


Territorial Daughters of Colorado (TDC) is a non-profit organization that was established in 1910 to preserve and perpetuate the pioneer heritage of the State of Colorado.

To allow for more participation of our members, chapters were created around the state. TDC currently consists of four chapters (Denver, Southern, Western and Greeley) Each chapter organizes their own meeting schedules and projects. All chapters participate in the State organization.



We are a non-profit group that participates in numerous projects around the state to help preserve and perpetuate the pioneer heritage of Colorado.

Each Chapter has ongoing projects and participates in two State TDC projects each year. First project is the awarding of an academic scholarship to women studying history at a Colorado college or university (See Scholarship page).  Second State project is designated by the chapter hosting the annual state meeting. 

2019 State Project - was awarded to Yvonne Peterson with the Lower Valley Heritage Chapter to help preserve over 100 years of the Fruita Times newspapers. Yvonne is a member of the Western Chapter of Territorial Daughters.

State Newsletter


The State TDC organization publishes an annual  newsletter in April of each year that is mailed to all members in the four TDC chapters. Click the button below to view the current year's newsletter.

This Day in Colorado History
March 2

1883 - The State of Colorado creates San Miguel County from a portion of San Juan County, and reverts the name of Uncompaghre County back to Ouray County.

March 3

1875 - U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant signs the Colorado Enabling Act for statehood.

March 4

1847- Casimiro Barela is born. Casimiro Barela was known as the perpetual Senator. To learn more about this important Colorado man please see: Denver Public Library's Information on him.


March 6

1866 - Brigadier General Kit Carson takes command of Fort Garland in the San Luis Valley in an effort to make peace with the Ute Nation.


March 10

1922 - Denver radio station 9ZAF receives a commercial license as KLZ (AM 560 kHz), the first commercial radio station in Colorado.

March 25

1861 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln appoints William Gilpin of Missouri as the first Governor of the Territory of Colorado.

March 28

1862 Colorado and New Mexico volunteers repulse invading Texas cavalry at the Battle of Glorieta Pass.

April 1

1860 -  1860 United States Census enumerates the population of the goldfields, later determined to be 34,277. Most miners in the backcountry prospecting for gold could not be counted, so there may have been a substantial undercount.


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Casimiro Barela (1847-1920)

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