Press Release

History Colorado announces 2017-2018 lecture series Colorado Bonanza

DENVER — Our state’s natural beauty lends itself to a diverse array of stories. The people, places and objects of history enliven our understanding of what it means to be a Coloradan. Whether you live in an urban setting or hail from a rural burg in our stunning prairies or mountain landscapes, we all share a common heritage. Natives and newcomers alike can learn something new in this year’s series, an assortment of topics that exemplifies a potpourri of history.

Our season opens with a look at what happened back in 1878—when the last total solar eclipse passed over Colorado. In the wake of this summer’s near total eclipse, we’ll learn how the new state of Colorado became center stage for a celestial event. In October we’ll see artifacts that reveal the story of Colorado, and November’s lecture showcases our thought-provoking connection to the Holocaust.

Colorado’s association with the Civil War and climate science ushers in the New Year, followed by a focus on our earliest inhabitants of 10,000 years ago. We’ll delve into the history of the Utes in April’s program, when History Colorado welcomes Ernest House from the state’s Commission of Indian Affairs. In May, we’ll close out the season with a look at photos from yesterday and today to witness changes over time.

Lectures will be held at the History Colorado Center on the third Monday of each month and are at 1 and 7 p.m. Join others to learn from experts as they weave the stories behind each fascinating topic. Visit the History Colorado website to see details at

Monday, September 18
The Great Eclipse of 1878: Colorado & the Celestial Event of the Gilded Age
David Baron

Monday, October 16
The Centennial State in 100 Objects
Dr. William Wei

Monday, November 20
Voices of the Generations: A Colorado Connection to the Holocaust
Julie Kohner

Monday, January 15
Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands
Dr. Andrew Masich

Monday, February 19
Reflections on the Life of a Colorado Climate Scientist
Dr. Warren Washington 

Monday, March 19
The First Ascent: Ten Thousand Years of Occupation in the Colorado Mountains
Dr. Jason LaBelle

Monday, April 16
The Utes: Colorado’s Forgotten People
Ernest House, Jr.

Monday, May 21
Colorado Then & Now: Retracing an Ancestor’s Footsteps
Grant Collier

To buy tickets call (303) 866-2394, purchase at the door or go online to

Single Lectures:

Members $9
Nonmembers $11
Students (with I.D.) $7

Eight-Part Lecture Series (all daytime or all evening):

Members $65
Nonmembers $85

The History Colorado Center’s lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the Walter S. Rosenberry III Charitable Trust.



History Colorado's mission is to inspire generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado. We serve as the state's memory, preserving the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through our museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections, and outreach to Colorado communities. Find History Colorado on all major social media platforms. Visit or call (303) HISTORY for more information.


Brooke Gladstone
Communications & Media Specialist
303-866-3670 |