Roadside History and the Archaeology of the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fé Trail
Friday, April 26, 2019 | 6:00PM — 8:00PM
The National Trust for Historic Preservation defines cultural heritage tourism as "traveling to experience the places, artifacts, and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present." Every year thousands of people drive, hike, or otherwise travel segments of the reconstructed route of the Santa Fé Trail in search of such authenticity. Signs and sources along the route, and online, create a popular yet exclusive narrative of the trail’s history. Professor Minnette C. Church of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs shares the stories of those who lived and settled along the trail but whose experiences were often drowned out by triumphal economic, military, and political narratives. Focusing beyond the trail ruts to see those who lived their lives along the route forces archaeologists and historians to blur traditional boundaries between “history” and “prehistory," and to find the stories relevant to contemporary residents as well as travelers and tourists from afar.
The stories told in the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit are getting richer. Join authors, artists, scholars, and activists from around the country this fall for the Borderlands of Southern Colorado lecture series as they deepen discussions an complicate narratives on various Borderlands topics. All talks are free and open to the public.
This series is sponsored by Colorado State University-Pueblo. Talks at Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center are further sponsored by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.