Race: The Invisible Rainbow

Loren Escandon – Actress, Writer, Theater Producer & Volunteer at the History Colorado Center

The first time someone was curious about my skin color, I was 4. It was in kindergarten when I got approached with the question, and my answer was, “I am grey.”

Living in a household with a white father and a black mother helped me jump to the conclusion that grey was, without a doubt, my race. I wish things were that easy from there on. Continue reading “Race: The Invisible Rainbow”

Raza: el arco iris invisible.

Loren Escandon – Actriz, Escritora, productora teatral & voluntaria en Museo Historia de Colorado.

La primera vez que alguien me pregunto cual era el color de mi piel, yo tenia 4 años. Fue en el kinder cuando un compañero sin reparo lanzo la pregunta y con la mayor naturalidad contesté, -Yo soy gris.-

Vivir en un hogar con una padre blanco y una madre negra me ayudo a llegar a la conclusión que gris, era sin duda alguna, una raza. Ojalá todo hubiese sido así de sencillo a partir de ese momento.

An English version of this post is available here.

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The Value of Diversity

Carolyn Love Press Photo
Carolyn Love, Ph.D.

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that prohibited employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin or sex. Additionally, the act made it illegal to retaliate against those who sought relief or assisted others in their exercise of rights secured by law. Over the past 50 years, employers across the United States have implemented diversity programs and initiatives to comply with the ever-changing federal rules and regulations to ensure a diverse workplace.  Continue reading “The Value of Diversity”

Interpreting the Prehistoric at Lindenmeier: Home of Ice Age Man

Sue Kenney is education and outreach coordinator with the Natural Areas Department of the City of Fort Collins.
Sue Kenney, Education and Outreach
Coordinator with the Natural Areas
Department of the City of Fort Collins.

In 1935, 28-year-old Loren Eisely was a member of the excavation crew at an archaeological dig in a remote area on the high Colorado prairie. He was a poet and a philosopher, but had a keen interest in anthropology. At the time, scientists believed and rigorously defended the theory that ancient humans arose in Asia and Africa, and had been in the new world for only a few thousand years. Continue reading “Interpreting the Prehistoric at Lindenmeier: Home of Ice Age Man”

Lessons Learned From A Gentle Giant

Kathryn Hill, Chief Operating Officer of History Colorado
Kathryn Hill, Chief Operating Officer of History Colorado

Nearly 30 years ago, when I began my museum career at the Field Museum of Natural History, we were grappling with the idea of what we called “multiculturalism,” and with the challenge of attracting audiences that reflected the diverse community in which we lived. It was a challenge that would require a profound organizational shift, and no one was more enthusiastic about this new commitment than I was. Continue reading “Lessons Learned From A Gentle Giant”