Women of Excellence – Portrait Exhibit Grand Junction

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, Museums of Western Colorado and Chevron have joined forces to bring Women of Excellence: The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Collection” to Western Colorado. The Collection will be on display at Museum of the West in downtown Grand Junction from June 2 through Labor Day weekend.

“Women of Excellence” is a one-of-a-kind presentation of women who are true heroes and shining examples of the potential of all women. Featuring such inductees as Golda Meir, Madeleine Albright, Judy Collins, Baby Doe Tabor, Temple Grandin and even Chipeta, the exhibition of 152 inductee portraits and profiles honors women who have significantly impacted Colorado and the world.

“The Museums of Western Colorado is proud to bring the stories of these trend-setting women from throughout Colorado’s history to our community,” says Museums’ Executive Director Peter Booth. “The Museums are particularly excited to present and highlight those inductees who have made a difference in Western Colorado, and hope this presentation will help to increase interest in nomination and induction of additional outstanding women from our region.”

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame highlights extraordinary women and their accomplishments, which have advanced the roles of today’s women to levels of heightened recognition and models of inspiration. “Inspiration is what the Hall is about,” says Betty Heid, Board Chair for the Hall. “We believe that shining a light on our inductees and the wide diversity represented by their contributions, ethnic backgrounds, economic levels, careers and beliefs, continues to impact the lives of others and elevate the status of women.” Heid also emphasizes that presenting “Women of Excellence” on the Western Slope is part of an ongoing effort to further the Hall’s mission as a statewide organization.

A private reception is being held on the evening prior to exhibition opening. The public is invited to attend a presentation at 9:30 am. on Friday, June 2 at the Central Mesa County Library Community Room. “I will talk about the Hall, its history and how people can get involved, and the keynote speaker will be CWHF Inductee Jill Tietjen, who is a real pioneer and advocate for women in STEM, particularly engineering,” says Heid. Reservations are not required, but seating is limited.

CWHF currently is accepting nominations from the public for up to 10 women to be inducted into the Hall in 2018. Deadline for nominations is August 1, 2017. The Induction Ceremony will be March 28, 2017 in Denver. Visit Nomination page


University of Denver Portrait Exhibit and Reception


MARCH 27 – JUNE 26,  2017 ~
This exhibit features all 152 CWHF Inductees.

Opening Reception, March 30, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m 
Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women
1901 E. Asbury Avenue, 1st floor Denver, CO, 80210

Portraits will be displayed at:

  • Anderson Academic Commons
  • Bonfils Stanton Music Library
  • Colorado Women’s College
This portrait exhibit features all 152 CO Women’s Hall of Fame inductees, with biographical information and highlights of their impact on Colorado and the world.   The opening reception on March 30th will be hosted by DU’s Colorado Women’s  College.   Come and view a selection of the panels and portraits of inductees who have made their mark in philanthropy, science, the arts, law, and advocacy, meet the organizers of the Hall, and mingle with some of the these extraordinary women.
Light refreshments will be served.  This event is FREE, but registration is required Register for Reception
We hope you can make it!
Read more about our featured inductee: Lena Archuleta
Visit our home page: Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame 

Honoring Black History Month – Portrait Exhibit Blair-Caldwell DPL Branch

In honor of Black History Month, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) is displaying inductee portraits at the Blair-Caldwell Denver Public Library Branch.

The exhibit opens January 23 and ends February 28, 2017

  • Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African-Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African-Americans in U.S. history.
  • In Colorado, visionary and trail-blazing women of color from the past and present are honored through this exhibit for their connection and contribution to shaping the state.  CWHF’s inductee portraits bring greater recognition and awareness of Colorado’s great women, past and present.
  • Too often, society has overlooked the accomplishments of women. CWHF’s vision is to serve as the leading resource of exciting, dynamic stories of women acting as agents of change for girls and women in society.

Celebrate the extraordinary African-American women of
Colorado throughout the month of February.

The Blair-Caldwell Denver Public Library is located at 2401 Welton St., Denver, CO 80205.  For more information, go to https://history.denverlibrary.org/blair

About the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame:

The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame was created to recognize, honor and preserve the contributions of trailblazing Colorado women. Both historical and contemporary women have shared foresight, vision and accomplishment, but lacked a forum for recognition. Since 1985, the Hall has inducted 152 extraordinary women who have been outstanding in their field, elevated the status of women, helped open new frontiers for women or inspired others by their example. Inductees include scientists, teachers, social activists, philanthropists, authors, business leaders, elected officials and more.

To learn more about inductees: Women in the Hall

See more of our upcoming activities:
Upcoming Activities – Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Stay in touch via Facebook:

The LinkedIn group:Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Follow CWHF on Twitter @ColoradoWHF.

Contact:  303.271.3599 or info@cogreatwomen.org


Women in STEM Portrait Exhibit – Aurora History Museum

1985 CWHF Hazel Schmoll
1985 CWHF inductee Hazel Schmoll – Colorado Botanist

Women in STEM – A CWHF portrait exhibit featuring all of our STEM inductees opens December 13, 2016 and runs through March 12, 2017 at the Aurora History Museum.

Featured (top) is inductee Hazel Schmoll who was a Colorado state botanist (inducted 1985) who will also be spotlighted in a lecture at Chautauqua in Boulder on March 7, 2017. Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame board member Wendy Bohling will be speaking about Hazel as well as Mary Rippon in this featured Women of Boulder series.

Hazel Schmoll was born in 1890 in a sod shanty and raised near a mining camp in Ward, Colorado. Hazel grew up riding the high peaks and valleys of the Continental Divide amid the native wild flowers she knew and loved. Later, as Colorado state botanist, she conducted the first systematic study of plant life in Southwestern Colorado. Her research led to the discovery of a rare locoweed variety that was named for her. As board member of the Colorado Mountain Club, Hazel was appointed chief lobbyist to pass a bill for the protection of the Colorado state flower, the lavender Columbine. In Schmoll’s later years she built Rangeview Ranch on land adjoining Rocky Mountain National Park, where she served as a nature guide well into her seventies. Hazel passed in 1990.