History Camp Colorado 2020

October 10, 2020

Arapahoe Community College, Littleton campus


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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 Mt 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.