November 2, 2019

Arapahoe Community College*, Littleton Campus

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One of the great features of History Camp is the large variety of topics, including but not limited to Colorado history.  If you’re interested in presenting – Colorado history or any other history you’re passionate about, sign up here.


2019 Sessions

The Real Yellow Brick Road – Denver’s Brick Sewers
Gail Keeley, Historian, Owner Hermsen Consultants

Who would have thought Denver’s first sewers were built of brick? In 1880, after 20 years of urban growth, with only outhouses and cesspools to handle human waste, it was clear a long term solution was needed. Brick was the most durable building material of the time and so it was used to build the first sewers. Teams of oxen carried in the bricks and skilled brick masons built the earliest sewers with up to four layers of concentric bricks in round and oval shapes. Come and find out the politics that led to their construction, where those sewers were and how many of them are still in operation today.

Missus Victoria’s Sons: Around the World with the British Army 1837-1901
Lance D. Jones, Administrator at Regis University, Museum Teacher Fellow at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The sun never set on the British Empire, and the red-coated soldiers who policed it spread their culture and mores where they went and brought those of the lands where they served home to Britain.  This session gives a brief look at the lands and wars of the Victorian Era, and the attitudes of “Tommy Atkins,” the British soldier of the times.

Building a Star:How a 1935 Palmer Lake project to boost spirits from the Great Depression became a Colorado State Historic Site
Jane Sloan Potts, amateur historian, Board member at The Colorado Independent

In Colorado people either have never heard of the town of Palmer Lake or do know about it because of“The Star”.The Star refers to the nearly 500’ illuminated, five-pointed star built in 1935 on the steep, shale slope of Sundance Mountain, making it the largest illuminated star in the U.S. Each year since from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day The Star has been illuminated every evening and can be seen from I-25 two miles away and in photos, books and memorabilia all over town. The Star was the work of B.E. Jack and Bert Sloan.

Join this session as Bert’s daughter shares the story of how Bert’s friends and his dog Dizzy climbed Sundance Mountain to build The Star. The session will include a re-enactment video, physical details of the star then and now, and photos.

Historical Tourism in Jefferson County Colorado
Lee Katherine Goldstein, Chair of the Jefferson County Historical Commission

The citizens of Western Colorado have survived nearly a century and a half by using the opportunities of the local booms and busts. Find out what has come and gone and what has flourished and remained. 

Booms & Busts of Western Colorado
Priscilla Mangnall, President of the Mesa County Historical Society

Historically, the foothills of Jefferson County have offered Denver residents and others in the region a myriad of tourist attractions, including funicular railways, burro rides, dance halls and mountain parks. Come hear about Jefferson County’s rich tourism history.

From Suffrage to Second-Wave Feminism: How Women Rocked the Vote
Andrea Malcomb, Museum Director and Heather Pressman, Director of Learning & Engagement, Molly Brown House Museum

Nationwide our foremothers demanded and finally achieved the right to vote in 1920 with passage of the 19th Amendment – twenty-seven years after Colorado women gained that right and a remarkable seventy-two years after the Seneca Falls convention. As U.S. sites prepare to commemorate the centennial of women’s suffrage, let’s examine how it was achieved, who were the key suffragists in Colorado, who it excluded, and how subsequent legislation also addressed voter inequality. We’ll rock out and rock the vote out together as we look at how these milestones contributed to subsequent calls for equal rights by waves of women well into the 1970s.

*Arapahoe Community College is not involved in sponsorship or endorsement of the event.