Calendar

Oct
19
Sat
Golden Past-port Series: Hair Art @ Golden History Museum
Oct 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

CANCELED

Attention kids of all ages! Join us at the Golden History Museum for our brand-new “Golden Past-port” series. Each event will take an in-depth look at a museum artifact. Attendees will try new skills, make some art, and take home your own version of the artifact. Earn a stamp for each event you attend and collect as many as you can!

  • Golden Past-port Series: Hair Art
    • Saturday, October 19 @ 10:30 am
    • Golden History Museum
    • Registration required
    • Free for members; $5 + fee for non-members (per child)
    • During the Victorian era, family members would remember each other by keeping and displaying their hair. Join us as we discover the hair art at the museum and attempt to make an ornament of our own.

 


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Oct
21
Mon
Wild Things in Ancient Places: The Archaeology of the National Wildlife Refuges @ Golden History Museum
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Wild Things in Ancient Places: The Archaeology of the National Wildlife Refuges

Somewhere beneath the tracks of the bison, the nests of the piping plover, and the burrows of the black-footed ferret are the tools and fires of earlier peoples. These animals and their habitats are protected on our National Wildlife Refuges – a system of public lands that also offers a rare opportunity to preserve archaeological sites and historic places (and the occasional dinosaur). The eight states that comprise the Mountain – Prairie Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge system extend from the Canadian border to the desert southwest. The cultural resources of the region span 12,000 years from Paleoindian camp sites to Depression-era fire towers. The paleontological remains, archaeological sites, and historic structures found on the Refuges are diverse and wonderful and provide some unique challenges.

Presented by Meg Van Ness, Regional Historic Preservation Officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members

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Oct
26
Sat
Golden Cemetery Tour 2019 @ Golden Cemetery
Oct 26 all-day

Golden Cemetery Tour 2019

Visit the graves of legendary Golden characters. Hear stories about their lives from famous storyteller, Dennis Potter, Museum volunteer since 2008 and retired Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Captain. Read Dennis’s profile.

Tours begin and end at the Golden Cemetery. This program sells out every year, so get your tickets early. This is a rain-or-shine event; weather will not force a cancellation.

Two tours are available:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Registration is required. Program will be canceled if minimum attendance number is not reached 24 hours prior to start time.

Pricing

$0 members; $10 non-members, plus online registration fee

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About Golden Cemetery

The City of Golden owns and operates the Golden Cemetery. Among the historic notables buried here is George West. West, a Golden founder, started the Colorado Transcript newspaper in 1866.

Additionally, Seth Lake, builder of Astor House in 1867, is buried in the Golden Cemetery. Many other pioneers and characters of the early west are at rest here.

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Nov
6
Wed
More than a Headstone: The Lives and Legacies of Veterans buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery @ Golden History Museum
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

More than a Headstone: The Lives and Legacies of Veterans buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery

DENVER, CO – MAY 27: A U.S flag is placed at every burial site in Fort Logan National Cemetery in recognition of Memorial Day on May 27, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Fort Logan National Cemetery has 214 acres and has over 122,000 interments as of 2014. (Photo By Kathryn Scott/Special to The Denver Post)

The Veterans Legacy Program (VLP) is part of the National Cemetery Administration’s educational outreach initiative. Partnering with universities, VLP seeks to memorialize our nation’s Veterans through sharing their stories of service and sacrifice. Come hear the stories behind a few of our local heroes resting at Fort Logan Cemetery. Presented by Professors Carol Helstosky and Elizabeth Escobedo, along with a few of their amazing University of Denver students. 

Elizabeth Escobedo is an associate professor of Latina/o history, with a specialization in 20th century Mexican American history. She enjoys teaching a wide-range of topics in U.S. history, including modern America, the Latina/o and Chicana/o experience, women and gender, and the history of race and ethnicity in America. Her book, From Coveralls to Zoot Suits: The Lives of Mexican American Women on the World War II Home Front, was published in 2013 with the University of North Carolina Press. She has also appeared in two PBS documentaries, “Zoot Suit Riots” and “Latino Americans.” Her current book project is a comparative history of Mexican American and Puerto Rican women in the World War II U.S. military. 

Carol Helstosky is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Denver. She is the author of Garlic and Oil: Politics and Food in Italy (2004); Food Culture in the Mediterranean (2009) and Pizza: A Global History (2008) and editor of The Routledge History of Food (2014).



Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members

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Nov
16
Sat
Golden Past-port Series: Funicular @ Golden History Museum
Nov 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Lookout Mountain Funicular

A grand view from the summit of the funicular railway.

Attention kids of all ages! Join us at the Golden History Museum for our brand-new “Golden Past-port” series. Each event will take an in-depth look at a museum artifact. Attendees will try new skills, make some art, and take home your own version of the artifact. Earn a stamp for each event you attend and collect as many as you can!

  • Golden Past-port Series: Mining
    • Saturday, November 16 @ 10:30 am
    • Golden History Museum
    • Registration required
    • Free for members; $5 + fee for non-members (per child)
    • Earn a stamp for your “past-port!” Join us for funicular fun as we visit the burros in Epic Events and learn about the hikes they used to take up to South Table Mountain. If visitors didn’t ride up the mountain on a burro’s back, they might climb into a funicular that would pull them up the mountain. We’ll try to make our own indoor funicular and imagine what it might be like to see historic Golden from the top of the mountain.

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

Free for members; $5 plus online registration fee for non-members

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Nov
20
Wed
Storytime @ Golden History Museum
Nov 20 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
storytime

photo: Scott Dressel-Martin

Join us at Golden History Museum for storytime. We’ll read books related to various themes found inside the museum.

No registration.

Free for all.

Nov
21
Thu
A Ragged Rabble of Opportunists @ Golden History Museum
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A Ragged Rabble of Opportunists

SS Central America

In the spring of 1857, the SS Central America was shipping a special load of gold from San Francisco to New York when it sank in a hurricane one hundred and sixty miles east of Cape Hatteras. News of the disaster reached the east coast and ignited the financial panic of 1857. In response, seven members of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association of Boston took advantage of the crisis to establish a frontier town in Colorado Territory.

Dennis Potter, retired Captain of the Jefferson County Colorado Sheriff’s Department, criminal justice professor, and previous presenter of the popular “Operation Hideout: The Investigation into the Kidnapping and Murder of Adolph Coors III” returns for this exciting program.



Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members

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Dec
6
Fri
Candlelight Walk 2019 @ Golden History Museum
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Candlelight WalkStroll through the History Museum on Candlelight Walk night and take a selfie in our “Epic Events” exhibit or listen to cheery holiday music. Visit the History Park and try a roasted chestnut. Explore the inside of the Pearce/Helps Cabin, warm up at the wood stove, watch live blacksmithing, and enjoy music and singing.

The History Park is home to many of the original buildings from the old Pearce Ranch in Golden Gate Canyon. Thomas and Henrietta Pearce raised eight children on their ranch. It was one of the largest in the area by 1912. Read more here.

These programs are free and there is no registration. Donations for park and museum programming are appreciated!

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Dec
10
Tue
The Maps that Made America @ Golden History Museum
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Maps that Made America

Susan Schulten

Susan Schulten

Whether as handmaidens of diplomacy, instruments of social reform, or even advertisements, maps have been central to American history. Across five centuries, maps have captured what people knew, what they thought they knew, what they hoped for, and what they feared. As such, they have the power to both illuminate and complicate our understanding of the past. Join us as Susan Schulten explores the myriad ways that maps have both reflected and shaped American history, narrating our past from the voyages of discovery to the digital age. 

Susan Schulten has taught at the University of Denver since 1996, and from 2010 to 2017 served as chair of the history department. She is author of A History of America in 100 Maps (2018), Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America (2012) and The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950 (2001). She is also editor of Constructing the American Past, a two-volume history of America with Oxford University Press.




Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members

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Dec
12
Thu
An Empire of the Mind: Science and American Foreign Relations since World War II @ Golden History Museum
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

An Empire of the Mind: Science and American Foreign Relations since World War II

Dr. Greg Whitesides

Dr. Greg Whitesides

The sciences played a critical role in American foreign policy after World War II. From atomic energy and satellites to the green revolution, scientific advances were central to American diplomacy in the early Cold War, as the United States leveraged its scientific and technical preeminence to secure alliances and markets. The growth of applied research in the 1970s, exemplified by the biotech industry, led the United States to promote global intellectual property rights. Priorities shifted with the collapse of the Soviet Union, as attention turned to information technology and environmental sciences. Today, international relations take place within a scientific and technical framework, whether in the headlines on global warming and the war on terror or in the fine print of intellectual property rights. This lecture provides the historical background necessary to understand the contemporary geopolitics of science. 

Dr. Greg Whitesides’ primary interests are the history of science, U.S. foreign policy and 20th century global history. His PhD studies emphasized the history of science, which involved archival research at the Human Genome Project, the National Institutes of Health and the National Archives (among others), and the eventual publication on the regulation of genetics and biomedicine.

After graduation, Dr. Whitesides worked for the University of Maryland and the Department of Defense in Japan and South Korea before being hired by the University of Colorado in 2004. Since then, he has taught over 20 different classes in the CU system.



Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members

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Dec
18
Wed
Storytime @ Golden History Museum
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
storytime

photo: Scott Dressel-Martin

Join us at Golden History Museum for storytime. We’ll read books related to various themes found inside the museum.

No registration.

Free for all.

Jan
9
Thu
Make Waves: Water in Contemporary Literature and Film @ Golden History Museum
Jan 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Make Waves: Water in Contemporary Literature and Film

Paula Farca

Water is a symbol of life, wisdom, fertility, purity, and death. But a strain has been put on our water resources as increased energy demands combined with the effects of climate change to create a treacherous environment. In this program, hear author and Colorado School of Mines Professor Paula Farca discuss current water issues in the era of climate change using a wide variety of recent literature and film. At its core, this lecture demonstrates that water is an immense reservoir of artistic potential and an agent of historical and cultural exchange. 

Paula Farca received her PhD and a second MA from Oklahoma State University. Her research focuses on two main areas- contemporary, indigenous, and women’s literature and literature on energy and the environment. Along with numerous articles and book chapters, Paula has published Identity in Place: Contemporary Indigenous Fiction by Women Writers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (2011) and coauthored A Student’s Guide to Nature and Human Values (2010 and 2013). Paula also edited two anthologies: Energy in Literature: Essays on Energy and Its Social and Environmental Implications in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Texts (2015) and Speculations: An Anthology for Reading, Writing, and Research (2006). Since 2008, when she joined HASS, she has tried to introduce our future engineers to the joy and intellectual excitement of reading and critical thinking and inspire them to become competent writers.



Paula Farca

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members

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Jan
15
Wed
Storytime @ Golden History Museum
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
storytime

photo: Scott Dressel-Martin

Join us at Golden History Museum for storytime. We’ll read books related to various themes found inside the museum.

No registration.

Free for all.

Jan
25
Sat
Golden Past-port Series: Mining @ Golden History Museum
Jan 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Patty Limerick's Western Mining

Attention kids of all ages! Join us at the Golden History Museum for our brand-new “Golden Past-port” series. Each event will take an in-depth look at a museum artifact. Attendees will try new skills, make some art, and take home your own version of the artifact. Earn a stamp for each event you attend and collect as many as you can!

  • Golden Past-port Series: Mining
    • Saturday, January 25 @ 10:30 am
    • Golden History Museum
    • Registration required
    • Free for members; $5 + fee for non-members (per child)
    • Think you have what it takes to be a miner? Learn about various mining techniques, see if you can extract chocolate chip “coal” out of cookies, and earn a stamp in your “past-port.”

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

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Jan
27
Mon
A Golden Crusade: How Colorado Launched a CIA Propaganda Campaign and Helped Eisenhower Win the White House @ Golden History Museum
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A Golden Crusade: How Colorado Launched a CIA Propaganda Campaign and Helped Eisenhower Win the White House

Denver provided the launching pad for two historic developments in the 1950s. The city hosted the 1952 campaign headquarters of Dwight D. Eisenhower, paving the way for the first Republican to occupy the White House in two decades.  Denver also provided the launching pad for the CIA’s Crusade for Freedom, a twenty-year advertising campaign to “sell” the Cold War by, remarkably enough, promoting the overthrow of foreign governments in Eastern Europe.  

Both campaigns seemed unrelated. But newly declassified documents paint a much more complicated picture. Based on a decade of research, Kenneth Osgood takes you on a tour of the interlocking web that linked Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Centennial State. The campaigns reverberated in large and small communities across the country, including in Golden, Colorado. 

Kenneth Osgood has published five books on U.S. political and diplomatic history, including the prize-winning Total Cold War: Eisenhower’s Secret Propaganda Campaign at Home and Abroad. A professor of history at Colorado School of Mines, he has also held research and teaching posts at Harvard, Williams College, Ohio State, University College Dublin, U.C. San Diego, and Florida Atlantic University.



truth dollars

“Truth Dollars”

 
Crusade for Freedom

Crusade for Freedom


Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Free for members; $10 plus online registration fee for non-members

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