History, Legacy, and Policymaking in Territorial Colorado, 1861-1876 @ Golden History Museum
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

History, Legacy, and Policymaking in Territorial Colorado, 1861-1876

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policymakingThis presentation discusses policymaking, political obstacles, cultural conflicts, and institutional racism experienced by Hispano legislators in the wake of the legal establishment of the Territory of Colorado in 1861. These Hispano territorial legislators are introduced as a forgotten piece of Colorado’s early history. The new territorial laws put in place had effects on the lives of the 7,000 Hispano settlers from New Mexico Territory, who were displaced into the newly formed Colorado Territory.  

About Virginia Sanchez

Virginia Sanchez is a historian, author, and independent scholar living in Denver. She has deep roots going back 16 generations in northern New Mexico as her ancestors settled there in 1598 with explorer Juan de Oñate. Her research about early Hispano and Indio history in southern Colorado appears in several published books and articles.


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Golden High School 150th Anniversary Exhibit Opening
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Reminisce about your high school years by joining us for this fun exhibit opening! Hands-on activities will include viewing GHS yearbooks (both paper and electronic) and making your own themed photo with our unique props. Finally, see items from the collection which highlight alumni, clubs, and fashions, including rare relief maps which once hung on the school walls in Golden.

Event features:

  • make your own graduation cap
  • make a corsage with crepe paper flowers
  • make a memory at the unique selfie station
  • leaf through old yearbooks
  • chat with the curator about the new exhibit
  • listen to live music by Alibi
  • purchase delicious eats from the “Truck Eddy BBQ & Milkshakes” food truck
  • relax at the cash bar provided by Coda Brewing