In 2004, Frances F. Hansen’s estate bequeathed a number of artifacts to History Colorado, some of which were Cheyenne or Arapaho. Documents with the donation indicate this cradleboard is Arapaho. Her 2003 obituary (Legacy.com, accessed 5/15/2017) in part states: Frances Sue Nell Frakes Hansen, 87, passed away December 24, 2002. Her husband, Claude B. Hansen, died in 1999. Francis was born in Harrisburg, Boone County, MO on December 3, 1915. She moved to Denver during childhood to be with her sick father who was in and out of Denver hospitals. She obtained her graduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Denver, and her Master's Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She taught art and was the head of the Art Department for 35 years at Colorado Women's College and Denver University. Frances volunteered at the Denver Museum of Natural History and was well-known for her expertise and collection of Plains Indians crafts. She and her husband were so well-versed in Indian culture that they taught the younger Indian generations in order to preserve the traditions.