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History Colorado 2022-2023 Rosenberry Lecture Series Begins September 21

DENVER (September 15, 2022) — History Colorado is excited to announce the return of the Rosenberry Lecture Series, the first of which will be given by Jorge Zamanillo, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino. The 2022-2023 season brings speakers from around Colorado and the United States to shed new light on topics in Colorado history. This diverse, multidisciplinary series explores topics including Trinidad’s role as a world center for gender-confirmation surgery, to the state’s barbeque traditions, to examining Black homesteader communities from 1877 through the early 20th century. This eclectic speaker series concludes with the State Historian’s Address by Dr. Jared Orsi.

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The lecture series runs September 21, 2022 – May 17, 2023, and can be attended in-person or virtually.  On the third Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. (MST) guests attending in person can hear from notable scholars and authors at History Colorado Center and guests around the world can view the presentations on-line through a secure link. Discounted full-series tickets ($70-100) and single-event tickets ($10-15) are available at Events | History Colorado with special discounts available for museum members. When purchasing the full season package of all eight lectures, guests receive one lecture free. The schedule and artist briefs are below. Media interviews with speakers may be available upon request. 

Sept. 21: “Building the National Museum of the American Latino”
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino, approved by Congress in 2020, is one of two new museums that will be built over the next decade In Washington, D.C. Founding Director, Jorge Zamanillo, will share his approach in leading the development of this project and ambitious fundraising campaign while exploring the importance of this museum for Latino communities across the United States.

Oct. 19: “Colorado’s Unlikely Gender Crossroads: The Remarkable Story Behind the Book “Going to Trinidad”
Veteran journalist and magazine editor Martin J. Smith discusses Trinidad’s surprising role as a world center for gender-confirmation surgery, and the doctors and medical pilgrims who for 41 years turned the small, remote town into what The New York Times once indelicately called “the sex-change capital of the world.” The recipient of more than fifty writing awards, Smith is the author of “Going to Trinidad: A Doctor, a Colorado Town, and Stories from an Unlikely Gender Crossroads.”

Nov. 16: “Local Plots for Invasive People”
A recipient of the MacDowell Fellowship for artistic excellence, Sarah Aziz tags, tracks, draws and builds with tumbleweeds because they defy humanmade borders and ask new questions of indigeneity and invasiveness. During her talk, she will share her plans for an upcoming project in the San Luis Valley of Southwestern Colorado, where she will orchestrate a series of experimental, interactive building events. Aziz is assistant professor of Architecture at the University of New Mexico.

Jan. 18: “The Life and Times of Colorado Barbecue”
James Beard award-winning author and culinary historian Adrian Miller will provide an informative and entertaining look at people and places that shaped Colorado’s barbecue traditions. Miller is featured in the Netflix hit “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America.”

Feb. 15: “Come On In Dearie: Reclaiming the Stories of Sex Workers in 19th-Century Denver”
From its beginnings as an unruly mining town, Denver was described as “most lively…in any and all kinds of wickedness.” The women of the city’s most notorious vice district, known as The Row, comprised a microcosm of greater Victorian society. Ann Sneesby-Koch, assistant curator of serials at History Colorado, will provide a historical context for sex work in the 19th-centrury American West.

Mar. 15: “The Once and Future Hope of Dearfield: Colorado’s African American Colony in the Early 20th Century”
The African American farm colony of Dearfield was founded east of Greeley in 1910. Black homesteaders were able to realize their dream of owning land and building their own community. Dearfield’s story is now emerging from the shadows of history through the decade-long Dearfield Dream Project, an integrated research and historic site preservation initiative. This talk is presented by Bob Brunswig, Ph.D., professor emeritus and university research fellow at the University of Northern Colorado, Richard Edwards, Ph.D., director emeritus of the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska and George H. Junne, Jr., Ph.D., professor and coordinator of African Studies at the University of Northern Colorado.

Apr. 19: “The Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site: From its Establishment to its Essential Role Today”
Alexa Roberts, chairperson of the Sand Creek Massacre Foundation and Dr. Ari Kelman, author of “A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek,” will join representatives from the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes who were involved in the effort to create the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. They will share their experiences with the search for the site and will discuss the many ways in which generational trauma of Sand Creek is still very much living history.

May 17: “Legacies of Colonialism, Possibilities for Democracy: Colorado’s Public Lands”
Join state historian Jared Orsi, Ph.D., in exploring the legacies of colonialism and possibilities for democracy on Colorado’s public lands. Orsi is professor of history at Colorado State University, where he teaches U.S. and Mexican history and directs the Public Lands History Center. He is the author of the prize-winning “Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles” and “Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike.”

For more information about the Rosenberry Lecture Series and to purchase tickets, please visit The distinguished lecture series is sponsored by the Walter S. Rosenberry III Charitable Trust.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022 – May 17, 2023
1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month.

Season tickets: Members $70, Non-members $100
Individual tickets: Members $10, Non-Members $15
Purchase tickets at Events | History Colorado
The option to purchase in-person or virtual live-streamed tickets is available.
Individual tickets have limited availability.

History Colorado Center, 1200 North Broadway, Denver CO 80203

About History Colorado
History Colorado is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a 501(c)3 non-profit that has served more than 75,000 students and 500,000 people in Colorado each year. It is a 143-year-old institution that operates eleven museums and historic sites, a free public research center, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF), which is the nation’s largest preservation program of its kind. More than 70% of SHF grants are allocated in rural areas of the state.

History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. It serve as the state’s memory, preserving and sharing the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through educational programs, historic preservation grants, collecting, outreach to Colorado communities, the History Colorado Center and Stephen H. Hart Research Center in Denver, and ten other museums and historic attractions statewide. History Colorado is one of only six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.