Political Cartoons, Masculinity, and Women’s Activism in Colorado, 1900-1925 @ Golden History Museum
Mar 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Can political cartoons fight corruption? Masculinity and women’s activism in 20th century Colorado.

In-person event on Wednesday, March 29.

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Early 20th century Colorado witnessed some divisive battles over political life and economic conditions. After men voted to enfranchise Colorado women in 1893, the state offered exciting opportunities for women activists to promote reform. Yet party machines limited their influence. In this presentation, Laugen explores the visual representations of gender and politics created by Denver Post cartoonist Wilbur Steele. These editorial cartoons highlight the emotional and gendered style of Progressive reformers and their partisan adversaries. We explore whether political cartoons can fight corruption and promote democratic change in public life.

About Todd Laugen

A faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2005, Todd Laugen teaches American History and supports K-12 History Education. His published work includes: The Gospel of Progressivism: Moral Reform and Labor War in Colorado, 1900-1930 and Colorado History Detectives: Teaching Historical Literacy to School-Aged Readers, which is available online.


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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