Bold Women. Change History.

Bold Women. Change History.

Bold Women. Change History. The Symposium

February 26, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

History Colorado will be holding a gathering of scholars, researchers and those who are curious to explore how women’s history is found in unexpected places. The Bold Women. Change History. Symposium will be held on February 26, 2022 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the History Colorado Center.

The Symposium is open to the public and will provide a forum for sharing new research, interpretation, and representation on topics in Colorado women’s history. Speakers will discuss how new discoveries in women’s history are often found in unexpected places and through non-traditional techniques. The purpose of this event is to inspire educators, museum professionals, researchers, and individuals from all walks of life to approach women’s history through a broader and more critical lense, to challenge the iconic narratives and myths often associated with this history and to examine the intersections of race, gender, socio-economic conditions, religion and citizenship in the Colorado and national women’s history narratives. 


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The Symposium will be formatted as a panel discussion with short presentations and plenty of time for Q&A and audience participation. There will be catered lunch and refreshments. Tickets are $35 for non-members ($30 for members, scholarships and student pricing available). 

Headshot portrait of Dr. Karen Roybal

Dr. Karen Roybal

Karen Roybal, Ph.D.
Keynote Speaker

Karen Roybal, Ph. D. is an assistant professor of Southwest Studies at Colorado College. She is the author of Archives of Dispossession: Recovering the Testimonios of Mexican American Herederas, 1848-1960 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) and New Transnational Chicanx Perspectives on Ana Castillo, co-edited with Bernadine Hernández (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021). 

In her keynote address, Dr. Roybal will be discussing Archives of Dispossession in which she drew on “a diverse source base-legal land records, personal letters, and literature” in order to locate “voices of Mexican-American women in the Southwest" and "how they fought against the erasure of their rights, both as women and as landowners.”

Dr. Roybal’s book will be available on site the day of the event, and is available online through the History Colorado Bookshop.

Featured Presentations (15-20 minute presentations)

In the Land of Sky Blue Weather: Tracing Women's History in the Blue Bird Club Photo AlbumPresented by Kayann Short, Ph.D., author, farmer, teacher and activist.

The Quiet Impact of Colorado Springs' Dorothy Kemp Heller. Presented by Rhonda Goodman-Gaghn, Assistant Director and Curator of the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Chicana Political Leadership and ActivismPresented by Celeste Montoya, Director, Miramontes Arts & Science Program, Associate Professor, Department of Women and Gender Studies at University of Colorado Boulder.

Immigrant Womanhood in 20th Century Colorado: A Look into the Lives of Two Syrian Women Coming to America in the Twentieth CenturyPresented by Susie Nyazi, Graduate Student, University of Colorado Denver, English department.

Ouray's Irene Aloha Write (1879-1972), Mountaineer Annie Pecks' NemesisPresented by Sallie Greenwood, member of the Society of Woman Geographers and the American Alpine Club.


Panel Discussions (1-2 hour discussions)

Colorado Women's Reproductive Health: From Forced Sterilizations to Abortion and Contraceptive Access. Featuring Trish Hyde, Summer Carper and Natalie Brown, Graduate Students, University of Colorado Denver, History department.

Colleting Inspiration: Telling Colorado Women's Stories with Archives & Museum Collections. Featuring Lesley Struc, Curator of the Archive; Jennifer Hannifin, Archive Assistant; Sarah Frahm; Linda Moore, Curator of Collections; Barbara Cline, Archive Assistant; Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.


Staff from the Collections team at History Colorado will also have an artifact table where they will be sharing objects related to women’s history from the collections of History Colorado and will discuss their work.