I learned so much about life and history from storytelling at a kitchen table over a plate of cookies and coffee. There is power in, what I call, kitchen table history—informal oral traditions grounded in remembering and knowing where you come from. The holidays, with intermingled generations and traditional food eating and prep, are usually ripe for collective reminiscing and sharing. Think about the histories shared while aunties are together making tamales or potica, or the legends swapped over post-Thanksgiving dinner pies and coffee.
For the last year, History Colorado, along with the Governor’s Women’s Vote Centennial Commission and great collaborators across the state, has organized discussions and events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and deepen our understanding of voting rights and women’s history.