Colorado 2016

Mark your calendar! History Camp Colorado is back on 10/7/17 at Red Rocks Community College. Hope to see you there!

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History Camp Colorado 2016 took place on November 12, 2016 at the Tivoli Student Union on Auraria Campus in this historic building in downtown Denver and was sold out several days in advance. You can read more in the session list and program.

If you’re a history lover, History Camp is for you. It’s a unique opportunity to spend a day with others from all walks of life who have a passion for history, from authors, teachers, genealogists, and students, to park rangers, museum volunteers, librarians, and individuals from other professions and backgrounds.

History Camp Colorado will be the first History Camp in the west.

History Camp started in Boston in 2014, and they’ve grown larger every year.  This year’s sold out more than five weeks in advance.  Other History Camps include History Camp Iowa in Des Moines and History Camp Pioneer Valley  in Holyoke, Massachusetts, which also sold out weeks in advance.

Here’s what some people have attended some of these have had to say:

  • There was such a variety of people and backgrounds that it made things very interesting.
  • I did not realize when I signed up that there would be that many sessions to choose from all day. Solid presenters, great venue, good support.
  • The topics were great and varied enough that I wouldn’t have gotten the breadth of knowledge at any other single event.
  • I was impressed with the number of talks that were offered and the professionalism of the speakers. Also, the event was extremely well organized, the space was perfect, and the lunch was very nice.
  • It was exciting to, each hour, be able to, on a whim, pick a fascinating topic to explore in depth. It was very social too.
  • It was fun to meet people from such a wide variety of backgrounds and interest.
  • The people were great and genuinely interested in what everyone was doing and what they had to say.
  • I was interested and impressed with the topics of discussion.
  • There were so many different subjects and genres of history, all of them interesting, that it was difficult to choose which lectures to attend. I wish I could have been in 2 or 3 places at once.

You can learn more about History Camp, including see photos from past History Camps and read press articles and listen to radio programs about History Camp on the About page.

History Camp Colorado 2016 sessions

Unlike a typical conference, at History Camp, anyone can speak, provided we have a time slot.  Here are the sessions as of September 23, 2016.  Read descriptions and learn who will be presenting each one on the Sessions page.

  • Surviving the Titanic – Margaret “Molly” Brown
  • The Lonely Hearts Club: Correspondence Ads during the Civil War & the process of research
  • The Editor is Mostly Right: Tips on Writing and Publishing History
  • The Minting of a Commemorative Coin – A Long Journey
  • Would the Real Molly Brown Please Stand Up
  • Joe the Plumber: The Story of Microhistory
  • Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary
  • The Politics of Coinage: Messages on Early Modern Coins 
  • Colorado’s Favorite Ghost Towns
  • Strong Sisters: Elected Women in Colorado
  • Change and Transition: The Evolution of the Denver Fire Department over 150 Years
  • Carriers of News and Knowledge: Post Office Records
  • Titanic, the Colorado Connection
  • Discovering the Connections Between the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s Corps of Discovery and the War of 1812
  • Sons of the American Revolution Patriot Chest
  • Our National Pastime in the Centennial State 
  • Medal of Honor: General Walker’s Disappearance of January 5, 1943
  • Royal Genealogy and Territory of an Ancient Mixtec Kingdom in Oaxaca, Mexico 
  • Denver’s Brick Sewers
  • Anti-German Sentiment in the Centennial State During WWI
  • Using Emigrant Guides for Research
  • Englewood Colorado’s Amazing History
  • Denver’s Amusement Parks: A Story of Fun
  • Everyday Stuff – Extraordinary People: Resources at the Denver Public Library
  • Cassells Among the Pines: A Once Renowned but Now Forgotten Grand Resort in the Colorado Rockies
  • Last Stop ’Til Denver – Four Mile House and the City That Grew Up With It

Register to attend

History Camp is run entirely by volunteers with the goal of simply breaking even.  Anyone can attend, regardless of ability to pay, provided that we have space, but you must register in advance.

HC blue t-shirtRegister online now.  Just scroll down and select your ticket option.  And if you want one of the cool History Camp Colorado t-shirts, you’ll need to register by October 27.  We’ll only print shirts for those who order them; they won’t be available at History Camp.

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If you’re an author and would like to sell and sign your books, or if you have other history-related products or services, select the Author’s Table option below.

Note that presentations are non-commercial.  There is no pitching and no selling.

We will also have a table where individuals and organizations can put out relevant literature.

Helping get the word out and more

  • Download and send or post the current History Camp Colorado flier.
  • Would your organization or company like to be involved? Contact us.
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