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

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.

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

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.

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.

The Lasting Legacy of Western Women: Part 2
Jamie Melissa Wilms, Executive Director & Chief Curator, Denver Firefighters Museum
Facebook: @denverfirefightersmuseum; Twitter: @dfdmuseum; Instagram: @dfdmuseum

Expanding on part 1 from 2017, this presentation will continue to look at those Western Women are often overlooked in history books or given a short paragraph of mention. This presentation will explore the women who helped to shape and save the west, forged a path for their future daughters, and left a lasting legacy on generations to follow. Explore the history of the strong women who helped to build the west!

The War at Home: From Turnout Gear to Combat Boots
Sarah Crocker, Associate Director of Education & Exhibits, Denver Firefighters Museum

During World War II, many Coloradans left to fight overseas. In Denver, many firefighters enlisted as well, doing their patriotic duty but leaving a very active fire department still serving the city. Learn more about what wartime was like for citizens and firefighters in Denver.

Annie Oakley, Setting the Record Straight
Elsa Wolff, Living history and Chautauqua performer

A Living History presentation: Annie Oakley of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.

The year is 1917 and Mrs. Frank Butler (aka Annie Oakley) will be speaking casually to friends, remembering her years with the Wild West and recounting other memories. Q&A time included.

The Treasures of Roxborough
Char Nauman, President, Roxborough Area Historical Society
Flo Tonelli, Vice President, Roxborough Area Historical Society

Over time the Roxborough area has been home to a large diversity of people from Native Americans to miners to rocket scientists.  Join us as we unfold the treasures in the Roxborough area with an emphasis on the town of “Silika” and the brick factory that supported the town in the early 1900s.

Downtown Littleton’s Historic Main Street Tour
By members of Historic Littleton, Inc

Special session – walking tour

What building on Main Street used to be a doctor’s office where more than 1000 babies were delivered?  How many theaters used to be on Main Street?

Get answers to these burning questions and learn a lot more about Main Street when you take a walking tour of Littleton’s downtown historic district.  You’ll hear stories about the people and places important in Littleton’s early history, find out about trains and streetcar transportation in Littleton and much more.

General George Custer: A Fighting Wolverine in the Civil War & Beyond
George Koukeas, freelance writer and speaker

General George A. Custer’s Civil War exploits made him a national hero in his own time. Yet, researchers have often-times viewed his situation at the Little Big Horn in isolation from his Civil War record. That has led to misjudgments about Custer’s leadership style. 

This eye-opening presentation will primarily focus on General Custer’s lesser known contributions to familiar Civil War battles. It will show how Custer led his Michigan Brigade to numerous victories, why he was so effective at combat, how he led his “Wolverines” and how that helped his rise in rank and status. These facts will offer insights about Custer, as man and as warrior. 

The talk’s conclusion will use the facts from Custer’s Civil War background to disprove commonly held myths about Custer’s actions and attitudes at the Little Big Horn.

“No sir, my husband did not do this work!” – Martha Maxwell, Naturalist, Artist and Taxidermist
Barbara (BJ) Schwendler, certified naturalist interpretive guide and western history buff who portrays women in history

Martha Maxwell (1831-1881) wanted to be known as a naturalist, artist and taxidermist, in that order! Much to her chagrin, she was touted by the press of the time as a “Diana” and “Huntress” because she killed, tanned, and displayed hundreds of species of birds and mammals of the Colorado territory in their natural settings. Many were amazed that a woman could do what she claimed! They missed the fact, however, that she was an experienced and mostly self-taught scientist of the natural world who expertly used taxidermy to share her love and knowledge of Western animals most people had never seen or even knew of. She even discovered a new sub-species of owl which was named after her by the Smithsonian!

Pioneers in the Denver Basin Area
Douglas Cohn, member of Englewood Historic Preservation Society

In 1858 something happened in this area that would become the Colorado that changed the course of American History. Gold was found on Little Dry Creek by William Green Russell. That discovery sparked the second gold rush and opened the “Great American Desert” for settlement. No one lived in the Denver basin in 1858 but within 6 months 40,000 people migrated here and within a year 100,000 made the journey. Besides the miners, farmers like the Little brothers in Littleton, the Browns, Tom Skerritt, Potato Clark, and Peter Magnus began to supply food to the miners.

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