We have come to the realization that we can’t hold History Camp Colorado this year and create the History Camp experience people love.  As a result, we’re canceling History Camp Colorado and our other History Camps this year.  

We are optimistic about next year and will work to put together the kind of History Camp experience in 2021 that draws folks from all walks of life to these unique events every year.

Until then, check out History Camp Online for live streamed and archived sessions with presenters from this and other History Camps across the country.

Best regards—

Lee and Carrie



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Photos from 2019

Looking back is worth looking forward to – by Sonya Ellingboe.


2020 Sessions

Beginning Your Family History Journey

Carol Cooke Darrow ( has been a professional genealogist for more than 20 years and has worked as a researcher, lecturer, and writer. She currently volunteers weekly at the Denver Public Library and the National Archives branch in Broomfield.

Many people wonder about their family history but don’t know how to get started. “Beginning Your Family History Journey” will offer ten steps to get you off on the right foot so that you can be successful in uncovering your family history. Learning how to find records on and other research sites will help you build your family history story.

True Stories of Legendary Mountain Man Joe Meek

David Meek is related to Joe Meek. He portrays the character of Joe Meek wearing buckskins at schools, retirement homes, and special events. His wife portrays, in costume, Joe Meek’s wife, Virginia, a Nez Pierce Chief’s daughter!

Why were the Mt Men so important to American History. How did a young man, Joe Meek, survive? Learn the history of Oregon and how it became a Territory in this session.

Women of the Cloth: Notable Colorado Women, Setting the Standard at the Turn of the Century

Ginny Gelbach has been a tour guide at the Colorado State Capitol for 16 years. The tapestry is on the tour and her favorite part. She have also been a guide at other historical sites over the years and she is a certified History Nut.

House Minority Leader Elizabeth Pellet, Playwright Mary Chase, Physician Florence Sabin, Prospector Ellen Jack, and Ecologist Mary Crawford were just some women whose likenesses  are sewn into a tapestry. The Women’s Gold Tapestry hanging in the Colorado State Capitol highlights over 20 women whose accomplishments at the turn of the century (1890-1900) set the standard for women in fields of mastery oft times reserved only for men.

Sewn in the 1970’s this art piece beautifully tells their stories and reminds us that Colorado is a better place because of them. 2020 is the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. As we celebrate the women who fought for the vote let us celebrate these women who were pioneers in their fields.

The Historic National Road

Lorna Hainesworth (  is an Ambassador and National Traveler.  She is a lifetime member of the Surveyors Historical Society and the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, an associate member of the Department of the Geographer and the District of Columbia Association of Land Surveyors, a founding member of the Lewis and Clark Trust and The Pursuit of History, Inc.  She is a member of several American Revolution Round Tables, the Washington Map Society and the Lincoln Highway Association. Lorna is a supporter of the American Battlefield Trust, The Fort Plain Museum and the Maryland State Dental Association Foundation. She is an independent scholar who makes her home in Randallstown, Maryland.

The Historic National Road is commonly referred to as the first federally funded road or the nation’s first interstate highway or road that built America. Where was it built? When was it built? Why was it built? Who was involved in building it? What became of it? How can it be traveled today? Transportation was critical to the development of the United States as a nation.  This session will inform on one of the most significant roads in country’s history.

Lorna’s paper, Open a wide door . . . make a smooth way: Historic National Road, which provides the history of the National Road, can be downloaded at

Fort Logan National Cemetery

Sue Ewing ( is the niece of the first person to be interned at the cemetery when it became a National Cemetery.

A short history of how Denver got Fort Logan as a national cemetery when the property at the fort was classified as abandoned. Learn about the first internment of a soldier at the new National Cemetery.  A short history of him and learn what his mother and other gold star mothers did to get Fort Logan Cemetery as a National Cemetery.

Saucy Jack in Whitechapel: The Crimes of Jack the Ripper

Lance Jones is an Administrator at Regis University, Museum Teacher Fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and a former police chief.

We’ll walk the foggy streets of Whitechapel during the year 1888, when a killer stalked the prostitutes of London, appearing suddenly out of nowhere, and disappearing as quickly,  Who was he, a butcher, a doctor, a member of the Royal family?  These questions continue to prey on our minds today, even as the Ripper preyed on his victims.

General Iron Works; The Factory to manufacture everything

Doug Cohn (,, and is a native of Denver. he is a member of the Englewood Historic Preservation Society and the Rocky Mountain Railroad Heritage Society. He graduated from Englewood High, got a BA from CU in Boulder. He fell in love with Colorado history in 8th grade when he saw a picture of the face on the barroom floor.

Five engineering companies decided to work together to make things to change the world and they did. General Iron Works was the manufacturing plant  for all five companies. It was the largest employer in Englewood for 60 years. The first decision they made was to have the employees own the company-every time they got a pay check, they got shares of stock. They invented and patented the processes to desalinate water, extract uranium to make the first A Bomb, the machines to make Cheerios and potato Chips, scrubbers to clean coal fired power plants, drill bits for horizontal drilling, and 300 more inventions. I will share their story.