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Artwork courtesy History Colorado These historic labels from Western Slope peach producers are among a new exhibit at the History Colorado Center in Denver.

Four historic fruit labels from Western Colorado have made their way into a newly-opened exhibit at the History Colorado Center in Denver.

Titled "Zoom In: The Centennial State in 100 Objects," the exhibit dates back some 13,000 years, from tools used by Paleoindians to NASA astronaut Jack Swigert's Apollo 13 flight suit, a guitar given to John Denver by the Yamaha company, and a pair of shoes made by the Boulder-based Crocs shoe company.

Also selected for the exhibit are labels from Tom Tom Colorado Peaches in Delta, Silver Spruce Peaches in Hotchkiss, Paonia Mountain Peaches in Paonia, and Monument Brand Peaches from Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction.

Presented by Colorado State University, the 3,700-s.f. "Zoom In" exhibit is intended to help visitors explore how these items define today's Coloradans. It joins other core exhibits at the center, including "Living West," "Destination Colorado," and "Colorado Stories."

"The objects act as portals that open the doors of the stories of past," said History Colorado executive director Steve Turner in a press release. "We hope this overview sparks curiosity about our history and a desire to learn more."

The exhibit will remain at the center for at least the next six years. General admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors 65 and older, $8 for ages 6-12, and free for children under age 5. The History Colorado Center is located at 1200 Broadway and can be reached at 303-447-8679. Learn more at www.historycolorado.org.

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