EXCLUSIVE: State constitution takes a stroll down Broadway

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DENVER — If you were walking down Broadway near the new Judicial Center around 1 p.m. Monday, you may have walked past a precious piece of Colorado history.

The Colorado State Archives is loaning the original copy of the state constitution to the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center to be put on public display.

Archives workers moved the 137-year-old document into the library of the judicial center, where it will be on display for the next year.

The document was unlocked from a vault where it is kept at the State Archives, at 1313 Sherman St., placed in a protective case and then onto a wheeled cart.

State Archivist George Orlowski pushed the cart, along with a Colorado State Patrol escort, down Broadway to the judicial center.

Crossing Lincoln Avenue was the most nervous part of the trip, Orlowski joked.

“We want to get a lot of historical documents out so that people can see them and bring history alive,” Orlowski said.

Visitors to the building are welcome to view the constitution along with the other materials available in the law library.

“We are honored to be able to house – even for just a short time – our state’s original Constitution among all the other symbols and items in the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center that serve as reminders of our privilege and responsibility to uphold the rule of law,” said Dan Cordova, librarian of the Colorado Supreme Court Law Library. “We’re grateful to DPA for bringing it here so we could make it part of our celebration of the dedication of this new home to Colorado’s Judicial Branch.”

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