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Apr
22
Mon
How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Changed Baseball and America @ Golden History Museum
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Changed Baseball and America

The year 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball’s first openly all-professional team. Playing games in cities as far apart as Boston and San Francisco, and everywhere in-between, the Red Stockings operated somewhat like the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team. Spectators filled the stands to see whether a seemingly invincible team would lose. They never did.  Successful on the field and at the box office, the Red Stockings created a model that other, more established baseball clubs quickly adopted, leading to the emergence of major league baseball.

Presenter Dr. Martin Babicz, Ph.D., teaches history at the University of Colorado Boulder for the Sewall Hall History & Culture Residential Academic Program, the Communications & Society Residential Academic Program, and the History Department. He received a B.A. in history from the University of Connecticut, and an M.A. in history from Brown University. After working as a lobbyist in Connecticut for fifteen years, he returned to graduate school and received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. His dissertation, which explores the intersection of colonial politics and imperial policy during the Stamp Act crisis, is entitled For Empire, Colony, and Self-Interest: Thomas Fitch and Connecticut Colonial Politics. Dr. Babicz teaches several courses on American History. He is the co-author (with Thomas W. Zeiler) of National Pastime: U.S. History through Baseball (2017), and he is the author of a chapter exploring the historiography of sports and pastimes of the 1920s in A Companion to Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover (2014).

 


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May
6
Mon
Coloradans Choose Their Capital, 1861-1881 @ Golden History Museum
May 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Coloradans Choose Their Capital, 1861-1881

For 20 years, the seat of Colorado’s government remained unsettled. Denver dominated the region from the onset of the gold rush, but resentment from other communities about Denver’s wealth and power led to a political struggle for years.  This presentation will outline the battle between Denver, Golden, Colorado City, and other towns over the seat of government, and how the largest city ultimately prevailed.

Presenter Dr. Derek R. Everett is a Colorado native who grew up in Arvada and 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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May
29
Wed
A Different Kind of Pilgrim to Early New England @ Golden History Museum
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

A Different Kind of Pilgrim to Early New England

When we think about the key figures of early American history, we think of explorers, or Pilgrims, or Native Americans—not cattle, or goats, or swine.  But livestock played a vitally important role in the colonization of the New World. These animals helped to sustain English colonists but also generated friction with Indians and became a driving force in westward expansion.

A specialist in the history of colonial and revolutionary America, presenter Dr. Virginia DeJohn Anderson has taught at the University of Colorado Boulder since 1985.  This talk is derived from her second book, Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America (2004).  Her most recent book is The Martyr and the Traitor:  Nathan Hale, Moses Dunbar, and the American Revolution (2017).

 


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Jun
3
Mon
Of Mines and Beer! @ Golden History Museum
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Of Mines and Beer!

Gold mining and commercial beer brewing in Colorado started in the same year, 1859. Demand for good beer arose due to the dusty and dangerous conditions faced by Europeans streaming to Colorado to strike it rich in gold. The linkage between mining and brewing in Golden, along the front range and in nearby mountain communities was at times terrifying, educational and even comical. Historian, author and craft brewer Dave Thomas relays the historical accounts of these 19th century brewing families, often in their own words, and compares the historical brewing styles and techniques with those of craft brewers today.

Dave Thomas spent 32 years working for Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado; Chungwon, South Korea; Memphis, Tennessee; Burton-on-Trent, England; and the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. After working at some of the largest breweries in the world, he now brews at one of the smallest as brewer emeritus at Dostal Alley Brewpub in Central City, Colorado.


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Jun
17
Mon
Western Women through American Art @ Golden History Museum
Jun 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Western Women through American Art

What does it take to be a Western woman? We might not see many women within Western American art, but that does not mean women never ventured west or were not making art out west. Come explore the important Western women including the first Anglo woman that traveled west, the partner of a prominent western artist, and women artists working in the West, among many more.

Presented by Colleen Sullivan, Program and Marketing Coordinator at the American Museum of Western Art – The Anschutz Collection.


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Jun
30
Sun
Now You See It: Saving Your Family Photos @ Golden History Museum
Jun 30 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Now You See It: Saving Your Family Photos

This workshop will acquaint attendees with the history of photographs and provide details on how we can preserve them for future generations. Photo preservation is hugely important for historic photos, as well as digital images captured in the twenty-first century. Bring your own photos to practice these preservation techniques.

Presenter 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), 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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Jul
11
Thu
Denver Riots of 1880 @ Golden History Museum
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Denver Riots of 1880


On October 31, 1880, tensions between Chinese and white miners reached a boiling point and a riot broke out in Denver. By the end of the evening one Chinese man was dead and Chinatown had burned to the ground.

Presenter Grace Brown is Education Assistant at Golden History Museum & Park.

 


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Jul
24
Wed
Viva Los Americanos! Colorado Volunteer Infantry in the Philippines, 1898-1899 @ Golden History Museum
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

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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Aug
14
Wed
Your Family Came from Where? @ Golden History Museum
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Your Family Came from Where?

Where did all of these other folks come from? This program will look at the history of immigration in the Denver-metro area and provide some answers to common questions. Ethnic diversity has always been part of our past, as it is part of our present and future.

immigration

Dr. Rebecca A. Hunt, Associate Professor C/T in history at the University of Colorado Denver

Presenter 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), 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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Sep
4
Wed
Tourism, Make-Believe, and the Built Environment: Colorado’s Mid-Century Tourist Parks @ Golden History Museum
Sep 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Tourism, Make-Believe, and the Built Environment: Colorado’s Mid-Century Tourist Parks

Join our panel as we take a visual journey to Colorado’s historic theme parks, featuring those built around the mid-century heyday of American tourism and family road trips (envision wood-paneled station wagon and no seatbelts!). Design, kitsch, and make-believe all merge in these creative, nostalgic and visually rich set designs that have become part of our historic Colorado fabric. Presented by Michelle Slaughter, Abigail Christman, Jane Watkins, and Cindy Nasky.

Michelle Slaughter – Historical Archaeologist at Metcalf Archaeology Consultants

Michelle Slaughter is a historical archaeologist who has devoted her career to the exploration of the recent past in the western United States, researching and working at a variety of historic sites including the Molly Brown House, the Governor’s Mansion, the Matchless Mine in Leadville, the Granada Relocation Center (formerly known as Camp Amache), the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Bent’s Old and New Forts, and the ghost town, St. Elmo.  She enjoys public outreach and bringing alive the things she learns during her work.  She is a member of the State Historical Fund Advisory Council and was recently appointed by former Governor Hickenlooper to Colorado’s Historic Preservation Review Board.

Abigail Christman – Senior City Planner at City and County of Denver

Abigail Christman is a Senior City Planner in Landmark Preservation at the City and County of Denver. Christman has a varied background in preservation having previously worked for consulting firms, a non-profit, and a university research center.  Her experience includes design review, reconnaissance and intensive-level surveys, National Register nominations, Section 106 consultation, preservation tax credit certification, and public outreach. Christman previously served on Denver’s Landmark Preservation Commission. She holds a M.A. in Public History/Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University and a M.A. in Histories and Theories of Architecture from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, England.

Jane Watkins – Owner Watkins Stained Glass

Jane Watkins has owned Watkins Stained Glass for the past 35 years with her husband, Phil. She holds a BFA Art History – CU Boulder and currently serves on Colorado Preservation Inc.’s Board. She is a member of Association for Preservation Technology, the Fairmount Heritage Foundation, and the Stained Glass Association of America, and previously served on Historic Denver’s Sacred Landmark Committee. Watkins Stained Glass Studio’s major recent projects have included: Restoration of the Colorado State Capitol’s 27 stained glass windows, Molly Brown House Museum, St. Paul United Methodist Church/Belongs, Trinity United Methodist Church, St. John’s Cathedral. Watkins Stained Glass also did thousands of Mid-Century stained glass windows in homes and churches in the Rocky Mountain area. Jane is devoted to Historic Preservation.

Cindy Nasky – Director of Preservation Programs at Colorado Historical Foundation

Cindy Nasky attended Miami University for design/art history and CSU for a Master’s degree in Historic Preservation and Public History. She then worked as staff preservationist for a Cincinnati group focusing on restoration and low-income housing.  In 1994, she happily returned to Colorado to work for the fledgling SHF (State Historical Fund). This experience served her well at her work with Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) as a project manager and preservation specialist.  From 2005 to the present, she has worked with the Colorado Historical Foundation (CHF) as Easements Administrator and, more recently, Director of Preservation Programs.


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Sep
12
Thu
Randi Samuelson-Brown: Sex and Drugs in the 1890s @ Golden History Museum
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Randi Samuelson-Brown: Sex and Drugs in the 1890s

Join us for a boisterous look at the 1890s world of prostitution, licit and illicit drugs, bad whiskey recipes, and the saloon and brothel culture that flourished in Colorado.

Copies of Randi Samuelson-Brown’s book, The Beaten Territory, will be available for purchase and signing.


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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.


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