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Apr
20
Mon
What are we really arguing about? Environmentalism in the 21st Century @ Golden History Museum
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

What are we really arguing about? Environmentalism in the 21st Century

Sandy Woodson

Sandy Woodson

Climate change has emerged as the central environmental problem facing humanity in the 21st century. According to NASA, 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring. There are daily news items featuring truly stunning facts about hurricanes, melting glaciers, increased turbulence during trans-Atlantic flights, etc. Many Americans, however, remain unpersuaded or even infuriated by this barrage of bad news. This lecture uses philosophical tools to unpack the competing claims that surround environmental issues, and to provide new ways of looking at the arguments that continue to pit us against each other.

Sandy Woodson teaches ethics and environmental philosophy at the Colorado School of Mines. She holds degrees from North Carolina State University, Colorado State University, and the University of Montana. She has been teaching at Mines since 1999.



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May
18
Mon
Let the Women Vote: How Colorado Women Led in the Women’s Suffrage Fight @ Golden History Museum
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Let the Women Vote: How Colorado Women Led in the Women’s Suffrage Fight

Colorado women began their fight for voting rights in 1876 during the Constitutional Convention. By 1920 and the passage of the 19th Amendment, Colorado women took the lead and helped gain voting rights for most American women. Join CU Denver historian Rebecca Hunt as she reveals how all of this came about.

Dr. Rebecca A. Hunt is Associate Professor C/T in history at the University of Colorado Denver. She teaches gender, immigration and American Western history as well as museum studies.  Rebecca’s books include A Century of Healing: Swedish Medical Center (2005) and Wyoming Medical Center: A Centennial History (2011). Natrona County: People, Place and Time (2011) and Casper Chronicles II (2016). Rebecca was the historian for A Woman to Match a Mountain (2008) a documentary on Neal Forsling, Casper, Wyoming homesteader, artist and writer. Her current projects are Urban Pioneers: Continuity and Change in Two Denver Immigrant Neighborhoods and Snow Stories: Skiing in Central Wyoming.

 


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May
28
Thu
Cretaceous Colorado and The Greenhouse Climate @ Golden History Museum
May 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Cretaceous Colorado and The Greenhouse Climate

 

Have you ever wondered what it was like in Colorado during the Cretaceous era? Can you imagine yourself living among surfing dinosaurs and swimming in the waters that covered our current terrain? Maybe the present is not the key to the past, but it might be the key to the future! In this lecture, we will look at how combined processes of storms and waves interact with shelf topography from deposits that cause us to rethink our ideas of the gentle ocean shelf and what it means when climates change. The Cretaceous time of the western seaway of North America holds many intriguing questions and few important answers! Join presenter Dr. Lesli Wood to take a swim through the Cretaceous era in Colorado and New Mexico.

Dr. Lesli Wood joined the faculty at Colorado School of Mines in January 2015 as a Professor and the Robert Weimer Endowed Chair in Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology, where she is director of the Sedimentary Analogs Database and Research Program (SAnD). Prior to joining CSM, Dr. Wood held positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Amoco Production Company and Arco. She received her doctorate in 1992 from Colorado State University following her MS work at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Wood specializes in quantitative seismic geomorphology of clastic basins, structural and sedimentary system interactions, submarine mass failures, petroleum geology, mobile shales and geomorphology of Mars.  Dr. Wood has published widely on the nature of modern and ancient deep- to shallow-water systems around the world and has won numerous best paper and poster awards, including AAPG’s Sproule Award, and most recently the 2014 EAGE Norman Falcon Award as co-author of the Best Paper in Petroleum Geosciences. She, her wife, and her pig are very pleased to be relocated in the Rocky Mountains after 23 years in Texas.

 


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Jun
10
Wed
Viva Los Americanos! Colorado Volunteer Infantry in the Philippines, 1898-1899 @ Golden History Museum
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

RESCHEDULED FROM 2019

Viva Los Americanos! Colorado Volunteer Infantry in the Philippines, 1898-1899

 

Viva los Americanos looks at the adventures, trials and tribulations of the First Colorado Volunteers who fought in the Philippines in the Spanish American War. Follow the 1898-1899 exploits of the First Colorado as they travel from Denver to Manila to first fight the Spanish and then later the Filipinos. Get to know such Colorado characters as Dr. Rose Kidd Beere, Sgt. Dick Holmes, and Colonel Henry McCoy.

Presenter Geoff Hunt earned his Bachelors of Arts in History at the University of Wyoming, Masters of Arts in Museum Studies at Cooperstown, NY, and Ph.D. in History from the University of Colorado Boulder.  Hunt was the Founding Director of Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, and just retired after 22 years as Professor of History at the Community College of Aurora.


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Jun
18
Thu
Iron, Dynamite and Intrigue: David Moffat and Colorado Railroads @ Golden History Museum
Jun 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Iron, Dynamite and Intrigue: David Moffat and Colorado Railroads

David MoffatBanker and entrepreneur David Moffat was instrumental in Colorado railroad development and worked to connect the Colorado Territory to the national rail system. His first efforts were to link Denver to Cheyenne, which some credit as reviving the city of Denver. Through his investments, his work even went beyond his living years.

Take a ride through Colorado history with presenter Stan Moore from territorial days to the present where we will look at what happened and the lessons learned (or not). This talk is based on Moore’s three historical novels about David Moffat’s railroad.

Stan Moore is a husband, father, and grandfather; a third generation Coloradan; a graduate of the University of Colorado; an author and historian; a Vietnam veteran; a retired small business owner; an amateur blacksmith, and an avid mountaineer, backpacker and desert rat. Moore and his wife make their home near Denver with a cat that lets them stay there. More information can be found at stanmoorewriter.com.

 


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Jun
29
Mon
Pulling the Teeth of the Tropics: American Public Health during the Construction of the Panama Canal @ Golden History Museum
Jun 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Pulling the Teeth of the Tropics: American Public Health during the Construction of the Panama Canal

The construction of the Panama Canal between 1904-1914 was an engineering triumph, but less appreciated is the significant role that medicine and public health played in that achievement. Professor Paul Sutter will discuss how American sanitary officials managed diseases such as malaria and yellow fever, and how those efforts intersected with, and transformed, American ideas about the tropics and tropical nature.

Panama Canal Panama Canal

 


About the presenter: Paul Sutter

Professor Paul Sutter

Professor Paul Sutter, University of Colorado Boulder

Paul Sutter, Professor of History and Chair of the History Department at the University of Colorado Boulder, is the author of Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement (2002) and Let Us Now Praise Famous Gullies: Providence Canyon and the Soils of the South (2015). He has published widely on the American wilderness movement, the environmental history of the U.S. South, U.S. imperial environmental history, and environmental historiography. He is a series editor for Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books published by the University of Washington Press.



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Jul
9
Thu
Religion, Race, and Constitutional Conflict in American Education @ Golden History Museum
Jul 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

“Equal Rights, Which Equal Laws Must Protect”: Religion, Race, and Constitutional Conflict in American Education

As public education systems began to integrate in the 1960s, private schools—especially religious private schools—became havens for whites seeking segregated education for their children. The people involved with these religious private schools believed themselves to be fulfilling what they saw as God’s mandate to keep the races separate. The ardent religious beliefs intertwined with the private academies’ discriminatory practices, however, created a challenge for the legal system. It was attempting to enact the legal requirements of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, which mandated the elimination of all support for discriminatory institutions by the government. Join Dr. Amanda Beyer-Purvis of MSU-Denver to explore how governmental institutions confronted each other over how to balance between the right to church autonomy and religious free-expression and the mandates of desegregation.



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About the presenter: Dr. Amanda Beyer-Purvis

Dr. Amanda Beyer-Purvis is a Project Manager with the CLAS Office of Inclusive Excellence in STEM at the University of Colorado Denver. She is also an affiliate faculty member with the History Department at MSU Denver. She began her academic career in Religious Studies, but found her way to History via an interest in the U.S. legal system and its relationship with educational equity. Her research into systemic inequity in education pulled her out of the archives and into a career working to increase equity and justice in higher education. 

 


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Jul
23
Thu
The Bad Old Days of Colorado: Untold Stories of the Wild West @ Golden History Museum
Jul 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Bad Old Days of Colorado: Untold Stories of the Wild West

Wild West

Whether on the right or the wrong side of the law, in the nineteenth century, Colorado was not for the faint of heart. People came west seeking fortune or opportunity, and it is no secret that some of the most famous Wild West characters rolled through the Colorado territory at one point or another. Led by returning presenter and historian, Randi Samuelson-Brown, this talk will center on the establishment of Denver, the discovery of gold, Colorado during the Civil War, the Confederate Gold Field Plot, and other dubious happenings and characters.

Randi’s book, The Bad Old Days of Colorado, will be available for purchase.

 


About the presenter: Randi Samuelson-Brown

Randi Samuelson-BrownRandi Samuelson-Brown is a native of Colorado, originally from Golden. Her ancestors came to the state in the 1880s/1890s, a fact she is proud of. She is the author of The Beaten Territory, an award-nominated historical fiction set in a vice-riddled Denver and Leadville during the 1890s. She lives in Denver, CO.



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Aug
13
Thu
What’s for Dinner in 1920 @ Golden History Museum
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

What’s for Dinner in 1920

shopping Have you ever wondered what shopping was like without the shopping cart? Or how your current grocery bill compares to that of the 1920s? In the 1920s, foodways were on the edge of revolutionary change, as industrial and household technologies were about to transform what, and how, America ate. Join historian Dr. Geoff Hunt as we explore grocery shopping and American diets in the Roaring Twenties.

 



About the presenter: Geoff Hunt

Presenter Geoff Hunt earned his Bachelors of Arts in History at the University of Wyoming, Masters of Arts in Museum Studies at Cooperstown, NY, and Ph.D. in History from the University of Colorado Boulder. Hunt was the Founding Director of Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, and just retired after 22 years as Professor of History at the Community College of Aurora.



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Aug
24
Mon
Outlaw Louis Henry Musgrave and Golden City: Stories of the Century: A 1955 Movie Adaptation @ Golden History Museum
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Republic Pictures, Stories of the Century: A 1955 Movie Adaptation of the Outlaw Louis Henry Musgrave and his Association with Golden City

outlawIn January 1954, ABC aired the first episode of “Stories of the Century,” with the premise of a railroad detective who traveled the West to apprehend the frontier’s most notable bandits, including L. H. Musgrave, an infamous Golden bandit and killer. Nebraska-born actor John Archer, who starred in other television series such as Mannix and Perry Mason, was cast by Republic Pictures to play opposite Musgrave, and Jim Davis of Dallas is the good guy. Join returning presenter Dennis Potter on a trip to the movies as we learn about Louis Henry Musgrave and Golden City!

About the presenter: Dennis Potter

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.



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6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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Sep
10
Thu
Off alone on my tramps: On the Trail of Women Botanists in the U.S. West @ Golden History Museum
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Off alone on my tramps: On the Trail of Women Botanists in the U.S. West

botanistsJoin presenter Dr. Tina Gianquitto to uncover the stories of women plant collectors in the mountain west as told by the letters they wrote to friends and fellow botanists. Plant collecting attracted a host of rugged western women in the late nineteenth century. Some took to the activity as a way to ease the loneliness of frontier life, while others turned to professional collecting as a way to supplement often meager household incomes. In all cases, plant collecting brought women together and into various networks of people who shared their passions for plants. These women played important roles in identifying and mapping the native plants of the western U.S., but their letters also give us a glimpse into the unique challenges they faced as women in frontier spaces. 

About the presenter: Tina Gianquitto

Tina Gianquitto is an associate professor of literature at the Colorado School of Mines. She has published a book on women, nature and science, ‘Good Observers of Nature’: American Women and the Scientific Study of the Natural World, 1820-1885 (2007), a co-edited collection America’s Darwin: Darwinian Evolution and U.S. Literary Culture (with Lydia Fisher; 2014), as well as articles on Darwinian botany, evolutionary science and women’s social reform, and women’s participation in botanical correspondence networks. She has been awarded fellowships from The Huntington Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program. Current projects include a digital site Herbaria 3.0: What is your plant story? (www.herbaria3.org) and a book that examines Darwin’s plant studies and evolutionary theory in the late 19th century U.S. Tina received her degrees in literature from Columbia University (Ph.D., 2002; M.Phil., 1996; M.A., 1993; B.A., 1991).



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Sep
14
Mon
Harvesting Yesterdays: The Making of Colorado Day by Day @ Golden History Museum
Sep 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Harvesting Yesterdays: The Making of Colorado Day by Day

ColoradoColorado and calendars both seem like simple rectangles, but the reality is, of course, far more complicated. The Centennial State is packed full of the exciting, dramatic, and even unexpected measures that formed our state. Join Dr. Derek R. Everett to explore new ways of interpreting the state’s history through his book, Colorado Day by Day, co-published by History Colorado and the University Press of Colorado. A history professor at MSU-Denver and Colorado State University, Everett will discuss the challenges of composing a this-day-in-Colorado-history book, telling stories both familiar and obscure. Come share in celebrating the interwoven, rich stories that make the Centennial State such a beloved place to live.

About the presenter: Derek R. Everett

Dr. Derek R. Everett, a Colorado native who grew up in Arvada, teaches in the History Departments at Metro State in Denver and Colorado State University in Fort Collins. He has published books on western state boundaries and the Colorado State Capitol, and researches and writes on various subjects of Colorado and western American history.



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Sep
24
Thu
Colorado Water and the American West @ Golden History Museum
Sep 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Colorado Water and the American West

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“Golden, Colorado, and Entrance to Clear Creek Canon [sic], from Castle Rock Mountain Scenic Incline Railway. Denver Mountain Parks.”

Please join us for a discussion dedicated to Colorado’s most precious resource:  water. Matthew S. Makley, Professor of History at MSU Denver, will offer a lecture and conversation about the history of water in Colorado and the American West. This sweeping exploration begins with a look at how First Peoples used water on the Colorado Plateau and concludes with a brief examination of how Denver has developed its water infrastructure. This session will offer participants a basic understanding of Colorado water law, along with a few quick case studies, including the story of the Civil War veteran Rueben Coffin and his battle with the Lefthand Ditch Company for water rights in the late 1800s. If you have ever been curious about water in Colorado, this lecture will help quench your thirst.  

About the presenter: Matthew S. Makley

Matthew S. Makley, PhD, is a Professor of History at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is the author of two books. His most recent, The Small Shall be Strong: A History of Lake Tahoe’s Washoe Indians (2018), won an American Library Association’s award for “Outstanding Academic Title.” Born and raised at Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Makley has lived in Golden since 2007. While his heart is in the canyons and valleys of the Sierra Nevada, he has come to call Colorado and the Rockies home.



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Oct
12
Mon
Place and Identity in Contemporary Indigenous Literature @ Golden History Museum
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Place and Identity in Contemporary Indigenous Literature

Join us on Indigenous Peoples’ Day to explore the fluidity of place as Indigenous writers demonstrate the survival and flourishing of their communities through literature. This presentation is based on Dr. Paula Farca’s book, Identity in Place: Contemporary Indigenous Fiction by Women Writers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand (2011). Dr. Farca will focus on how Indigenous peoples survive in a postcolonial world, heal, regain homes and rituals, and subsequently build new homes and create new traditions.


About the presenter: Paula Farca

Paula Farca received her PhD and a second MA from Oklahoma State University. Her research focuses on two main areas: 1. contemporary, indigenous, and women’s literature and 2. 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), Make Waves: Water in Contemporary Literature and Film (2019), 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 is currently a teaching professor at the Colorado School of Mines.



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Oct
21
Wed
Louis Henry Musgrave: A Mississippi Rebel who Came to Golden City in 1868 and Made the Fatal Mistake of Befriending the Hill Brothers @ Golden History Museum
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Louis Henry Musgrave: A Mississippi Rebel who Came to Golden City in 1868 and Made the Fatal Mistake of Befriending the Hill Brothers

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Overland Hotel, about 1900.

At dusk on Friday, November 20, 1868, two bandits walked their horses into a corral attached to the Overland Hotel on Washington Avenue and then started drinking at Michael P. “Miles” and brother Jack’s saloon. Soon thereafter, the two bandits who were members of the infamous Musgrave gang ended up in a legendary shootout, killing Jack Hill, and leaving one of the bandits lying dead in the Overland Hotel.

Join historian Dennis Potter as we uncover the mysterious details of this encounter that left two dead in downtown Golden.  


About the presenter: Dennis Potter

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.



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