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Feb
24
Mon
Suing for Freedom: Slavery and the Law in Early America @ Golden History Museum
Feb 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Suing for Freedom: Slavery and the Law in Early America

Honor Sachs

Honor Sachs

During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, enslaved people challenged their status in court. They devised legal strategies, studied law, and worked with lawyers to gain freedom in jurisdictions throughout the colonial era and early national republic. This presentation by Dr. Honor Sachs follows the story of one extended slave family in Virginia who initiated dozens of freedom suits over multiple generations between the American Revolution and the 1820s, claiming freedom by reason of Native American descent. Although this family worked with some of the nation’s most famous lawyers – including Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall – their story has remained largely unknown. This talk reveals hidden stories about slavery, law, and family in early America.  

Honor Sachs is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is the author of Home Rule: Households, Manhood, and National Expansion on the Eighteenth-Century Kentucky Frontier (2015.) Her teaching covers early America broadly, with particular focus on the revolutionary and founding eras, histories of race and slavery, legal and constitutional history, and histories of family, genealogy, and memory.




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Mar
4
Wed
Pikes Peak: On Common Ground @ Golden History Museum
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Pikes Peak:  On Common Ground

Mark James

Mark James

On July 14, 1820 Edwin James performed the first documented climb to the summit of Pikes Peak.  July 14, 2020 will mark the bicentennial year of Edwin’s achievement.  Mark James is Edwin’s ancestor.  The common ground in the title is based, not on ancestral provenance, but on hiking and standing on the summit of Pikes Peak exactly 200 years after Edwin.  Mark has been photographing Pikes Peak and the surrounding area to create a timeless, unspoiled landscape likely encountered by Edwin James and the Major Stephen H. Long Expedition to the Rocky Mountain West.  In this program you will relive the adventure of Edwin James and the Major Long Expedition through story and photographs.

Photographing in black and white, Mark uses a pinhole camera which produces a soft and ethereal image.  The photographs avoid mere documentary.  Rather, the photographs erase the fine details of the landscape while leaving behind form and light. Mark James has been a photographer for over 50 years.  He has served as a photojournalist, documentarian, commercial photographer, gallery owner, curator, landscape photographer, and presently, an emerging historian.  Since 1995, Mark’s landscape photography has been closely associated with the underlying ideas of photography as well as the history of American Western expansion.  In 1995, Mark was awarded a residency at Rocky Mountain National Park and thus began his present field of study:  black & white landscape photography using a pinhole camera – a study that has spanned twenty-four years.  Mark exhibits almost exclusively in museums.  Currently, an exhibit titled Remnants of the West:  Edward Curtis and Mark James was curated by the Dubuque Museum of Art and is on tour.  Twenty photographs from Mark James are paired with twenty photographs of the legendary photographer, Edwin Curtis. 



 
 

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Mar
12
Thu
From Beets to Bayonets: Colorado’s War on Migrant Labor @ Golden History Museum
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

From Beets to Bayonets: Colorado’s War on Migrant Labor

In the early twentieth century, Colorado led the nation in sugar production, thanks to beets harvested by migrant workers across the state.  During the Great Depression, however, some state officials felt that jobs in Colorado should be held by Coloradans rather than outsiders from other states or countries.  A campaign to rid the state of migrant workers, predominantly Hispanic, included talk of a state-run concentration camp near Golden and culminated in a blockade of the state boundary with New Mexico.  The bitter and often vicious effort failed, but it exposed cultural and economic divisions in Colorado that resonate nearly a century later.  Join Dr. Derek R. Everett of MSU-Denver and Colorado State University to explore the Depression-era war against ethnic migrant labor in Colorado, why it failed, and what lessons it offers for today and tomorrow.

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.



 
Edwin C. Johnson

Edwin C. Johnson, Colorado’s Governor, 1933-1937 and 1955-1957.

 

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Mar
23
Mon
The Dairy Route Through Golden @ Golden History Museum
Mar 23 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Dairy Route Through Golden: A look at how ten dollar milk cows gave us sugar bowls, cream caps, soda fountains and mozzarella cheese

Ever wondered what makes cheese so Gouda? Have you ever wanted a shred of knowledge about utterly interesting dairy facts? Learn about Golden’s dairy history from our local historian, Dennis Potter. Partnering with Cheese Ranch owner Rich Nichols, Rich will bring a current day look at how cheese is made and used in a host of foods including Italian. Yes, cheese samples will be provided- and how can you be blue when there’s cheese around?



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Apr
9
Thu
Wharf Rats from New Orleans @ Golden History Museum
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Wharf Rats from New Orleans

On May 3, 1855, three mercenaries known as the Immortals, and identified as Edward Chinn, Mark Taylor, and Edgar Vanover, boarded a ship in San Francisco and sailed under the command of William Walker to Nicaragua. The hired guns gave battle to the Nicaraguan nationalistic troops at Rivas and for a short time opened the South American country to slavery. The victory at Rivas was ill conceived, poorly led, and the Immortals were lucky to escape Nicaragua with their lives. Rumors abounded in California that they swam back to the States. Other rumors circulated that they rode stolen horses from California to their destination of Golden City, 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.



San Francisco

San Francisco


Location and Pricing

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6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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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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6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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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

Colorado RailroadBanker 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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