The order of the sessions below does not indicate their order during the day.  As many as three or four sessions will run concurrently.  The schedule will be drafted a day or two in advance and may be changed right up to, and during, History Camp.

Surviving the Titanic – Margaret “Molly” Brown

Janet Kalstrom, Historic Interpreter

A first person interpretation of the survival of Titanic on April 15, 1912 through the eyes of the Unsinkable Margaret “Molly” Brown.  She not only will take you back to that fatal night but take you on the journey of how it changed her life going forward.  She lived a significant part of her life in Colorado and left a footprint in history that is still remembered today through her home – The Molly Brown House Museum in Denver, Colorado.  Come prepared to go back in time 104 years.

The Lonely Hearts Club: Correspondence Ads during the Civil War and the process of research

Dr. Patricia Richard, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver

The wartime environment allowed few opportunities for the “boys in blue” to meet honorable women and they hoped to remedy their situation through correspondence requests.  This presentation will reveal the process of research  and discovery in 19th century  newspapers while examining the humorous and gentle sides of the soldiers, their middle-class values and their desire for civility as found in Civil War correspondence ads.

The Editor is Mostly Right: Tips on Writing and Publishing History

Dr. Meg Frisbee, Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver

This presentation will provide an overview of the publishing process. Topics will include developing a project, finding a publisher, and working with an editor. Time permitting, the session will also allow for attendees to share experiences with each other.

The Minting of a Commemorative Coin – A Long Journey

Rod Gillis, Education Director at the American Numismatic Association

This presentation is about what is entailed in getting a bill written into law to enable the United States Mint to create a commemorative silver dollar coin to honor the veterans of World War I. The bill was signed by President Obama in December of 2014 and the coin will be minted in 2018.

This session discusses how coins are primary historical documents and how commemorative coins have been minted to honor specific moments in history.

 Joe the Plumber: The Story of Microhistory

Karen Dropps, Founder of Front Range Museum Consulting in Louisville, CO, where I consult with museums on oral history projects.

Microhistory is an under used skill for the historian. Explore a project that looks at the life of Adam Capen Jr. and how his journals, and local sources help paint a picture of who the man was and what life was like in the late 19th century. Learn how microhistory can help shed light on the average citizen, Joe the plumber, and the community in which they belonged.

 Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary

Steve Friesen, Director, Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave

A presentation about the life of famous frontiersman and showman Buffalo Bill, illustrated with photos and images of artifacts in the collection of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave on Lookout Mountain.

 The Politics of Coinage: Messages on Early Modern Coins

Douglas Mudd, Curator/Museum Director, American Numismatic Association

Money is anything that people will accept as payment in exchange for other goods. It has had many uses over the ages beyond its original development for purposes of long distance trade and military power. Among them is as a means of communication through the designs and legends on coins. A nation’s money is often the first impression a visitor gets of the nature of a country. As such, the designs and legends placed on money have always been considered important by the authorities responsible for their issue.

This presentation will discuss the messages that appear on early modern European coinage from the 13th century through the early 19th century in a series of case studies. From simple declarations of independence and power to more subtle messages conveying complex political concepts, early modern European coins reflect the legacy left by the ancient world in a rich numismatic pageant.

Colorado’s Favorite Ghost Towns

Ron Ruhoff, Charter member of The Ghost Town Club of Colorado

A “PhotoMusical Adventure”  – this is a digital slide show that covers about 12 of Colorao’s favorite mining ghost towns with music and narration.

Strong Sisters: Elected Women in Colorado

Meg Froelich, Documentary Producer for PBS, A&E, American Experience and Biography

Laura Hoeppner, Legislative Women’s Caucus and City of Centennial Community and Government Affairs Liaison

Presenting the findings of our 3 year project about Colorado’s unique history of electing women from 1893 (when women won the right to vote and promptly elected three women to the legislature) to the present (where we lead the nation in percentage of women in the legislature.) By conducting 75 interviews with past and current legislators, journalists and historians we asked Why Colorado? What difference does it make? Why no female Governor or US Senator?

Change and Transition: The Evolution of the Denver Fire Department over 150 Years

Sarah Crocker, Education and Exhibits Coordinator, Denver Firefighters Museum

This presentation will present and analyze the response of the Denver Fire Department to over 150 years of historic and cultural change, beginning with the Department’s formation in 1866. Topics include the transition from horses to motorized fire apparatus, the inclusion of women in the fire department, and changes in fire station architecture.

Titanic, The Colorado Connection

Phill L Kleppen, Member of The Titanic History Society, Docent at The Molly Brown House

Most people know about Margaret (the Unsinkable Molly) Brown and that she lived in Denver, CO. What most people do not know it that there are several other passengers who were on the ill faded maiden voyage of Titanic. Living in Colorado and as a member of The Titanic History Society, Phill has had time and opportunity to look into their lives and discover the many connections between Colorado and the Titanic.

Discovering the Connections Between the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s Corps of Discovery and the War of 1812

Lorna Hainesworth, Ambassador and National Traveler for several historic groups including Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation & Surveyors Historical Society

This presentation discusses several members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s Corps of Discovery whose service in the War of 1812 is fairly well documented or corps members who had significant life experiences during the period of the War of 1812, which is defined as beginning with the 1807 Embargo Act and ending with the Treaties at Portage des Sioux. It also addresses persons closely associated with Lewis and Clark who had significant War of 1812 experiences. Slides shown during the presentation will include modern-day maps and photos of some of the places where corps members served.

Sons of the American Revolution Patriot Chest

Steve DeBoer, David Mann, David and Steve have both served as State Presidents of the 120 year old Colorado Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

This is a quick overview of the founding of the United States and background of the Revolutionary War using history, anecdotal stories and artifacts from a soldiers viewpoint. The Presentations have been given over 200 times now to groups from fifth graders completing their Colonial lesson plans, to Veterans groups and college classes on early America.

Our National Pastime in the Centennial State

Roger Hadix, Roger is currently playing his 23rd season of vintage base ball with the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association, his book Baseball in Colorado Springs was published May 13, 2013

What do the Colorado Springs Millionaires, the Greeley Calamites, the Leadville Blues and the Denver Denvers all have in common? Baseball!  Over 154 years ago, settlers brought not only their hopes of finding gold, but the sport of baseball as well.

Medal of Honor: General Walker’s Disappearance on January 5, 1943

Madison Jonas, Madison Jonas is an editor, researcher and office manager at International Historical Research Associates

On the morning of January 5th, 1943, 1/Lt. Jean A. Jack led a two-plane recon flight of B-17s over Rabaul, New Britain one of the most heavily guarded Japanese bases in the Southwest Pacific. Six hours later, they were followed by Gen. Kenneth N. Walker, Fifth Air Force Bombing Commander, leading twelve heavy bombers on a daylight bombing mission over the same base. They were attempting to disrupt a vital convoy assembling in its harbor, slated to carry over 4000 soldiers to New Guinea for a renewed offensive against Wau. Both Jack and Walker lost their aircraft to enemy fighter interception. And while Jean Jack and his crew were rescued the next day, Walker disappeared, fate unknown. The convoy, meanwhile, slipped out of the harbor nearly untouched. But what really happened to General Walker’s B-17, the SAN ANTONIO ROSE, after it lost contact with the other 64th Squadron aircraft? This illustrated presentation will discuss the mission and its place in the New Guinea campaign, along with the investigation into the possible fate of SAN ANTONIO ROSE.

Royal Genealogy and Territory of an Ancient Mixtec Kingdom in Oaxaca, Mexico

Stephen L Whittington, Stephen is the Executive Director of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado. He has directed archaeological projects in Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico since the 1980s.

A Mixtec artist painted the famous Mapa de Teozacoalco in the late 1570s to support a lawsuit in colonial Oaxaca. The document lays out both the contemporary territory of the town of San Pedro Teozacoalco and the royal genealogy of Chiyo Ca’nu, a kingdom that existed in that territory in pre-Hispanic times. Authorities submitted the map to the Spanish crown in 1580 as part of their response to a series of 50 questions about municipalities in New Spain. Since 2000, archaeologists have been exploring the terrritory shown on the map to learn what it reveals about the ancient and colonial history of a region of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Denver’s Brick Sewers

Gail Keeley, City Planner, Historian. President/Owner of Hermsen Consultants, a consulting firm providing historic resource assessments for transportation projects for over 30 years. User of sewers everyday.

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.

Using Emigrant Guides for Research

Julie Miller, CG, FNGS, professional researcher, lecturer, and writer. Julie is currently the chair of the National Genealogical Society conference committee.

Emigrant guides provided essential information and practical advice to our ancestors about travel routes, weather, opportunities, and much more. Learn how to use emigrant guides for insight into the how’s and why’s of an ancestor’s preparation and journey across an ocean or the country.

Would the Real Molly Brown Please Stand Up? Researching the Genealogy of a Famous Person

Julie Miller, CG, FNGS, professional researcher, lecturer, and writer. Julie is currently the chair of the National Genealogical Society conference committee.

Margaret “Maggie” Tobin was born in Hannibal, Missouri, the daughter of poor Irish immigrants. How did she become “Molly Brown,” heroine of the Titanic? This lecture will describe strategies for researching a famous person.

Carriers of News and Knowledge: Post Office Records

Julie Miller, CG, FNGS, professional researcher, lecturer, and writer. Julie is currently the chair of the National Genealogical Society conference committee.

Post Office Records are full of riches. This lecture will discuss Post Office records, their contents, and how to access these underutilized records.

Englewood Colorado’s Amazing History

Douglas Cohn, Douglas is an active member in the Englewood Historic Preservation Society and the Rocky Mountain Railroad Heritage Society.

From gold being found in 1858, to the first suburban mass transit, to the airplane company, the factory with more than 300 patents to the cutting edge companies today – Englewood has always attracted people with big ideas and and the will to succeed.

Denver’s Amusement Parks: A Story of Fun

David Forsyth, Dr. Forsyth is a Colorado native and historian with a strong interest in amusement parks and their history. He is also executive director and curator of the Gilpin Historical Society in Central City.

Almost 5,000 amusement parks were built in the United States between 1895 and 1920, with most major cities having at least one. By 1908, Denver’s residents had been lucky enough to have five amusement parks in their city. After 1914, only two – Lakeside and Elitch’s – remained to entertain tens of thousands of customers yearly until two new ventures in the 1950s threatened their dominance. Join historian David Forsyth for a trip through this rollercoaster history of Denver’s amusement parks.

Cassells Among the Pines: A Once Renowned but Now Forgotten Grand Resort in the Colorado Rockies

Larry Bell, Larry is an amateur genealogist, historian and researcher.  He is fiercely proud of being a fourth-generation native of Colorado and passionate about preserving it’s history.

For over fifty years, from 1878 until 1930, Cassells flourished as “the oldest and grandest of the Platte Canyon resorts”. This presentation details it’s origins as a homestead, growth, glory days, survival after a devastating fire, eventual decline and closure. It will also briefly discuss how it then became the well-known institution that has continuously occupied the site in the eighty-six years since Cassells closed.

Last Stop ‘Til Denver-Four Mile House and The City That Grew Up With It

Mark Bosler, Mark is a retired pilot and, according to Paul Reimer, Director of Education at Four Mile Historic Park, “one of our most outstanding Docents.”

From its start in 1859 as a two-story log cabin, tavern, inn and stage-stop to its present day role as the centerpiece of Four Mile Historic Park, Four-Mile House is the sole remaining witness to all of the incredible changes to the city of Denver and its surrounds over the last 157 years. Join Four Mile Historic Park Docent Mark Bosler and learn about the long historic relationship between the Mile-High City and its oldest-standing structure.

Colorado’s Wildlife History

Jeff Rucks, Jeff is a retired from Colorado Parks and Wildlife where he served as a wildlife officer, a wildlife manager and biologist, and Manager of Education and Outreach. He currently trains wildlife professionals and naturalists on presentation skills and education techniques.

Colorado’s human history is closely tied to its wildlife history. From beaver trappers to market hunters to a remarkable story of wildlife recovery, the story of Colorado’s rich history must include our relationship to the wild animals of this state. Jeff will present interesting stories of how people have impacted wildlife and how wildlife have influenced our history.

Stories of Colorado Past

Denise Reid Rucks, Denise is a retired teacher from Douglas County School District. Since retirement she became a certified Spellbinder Storyteller with Douglas County and Cherry Creek schools.

The history of Colorado told through stories of pioneers, gold miners, homesteaders and more. In our fast paced, technologically driven age, storytelling is a form of communication and connection that our society is hungry for, passing on enduring concepts and wisdom. Come and enjoy these legends told in a way that will want you asking for more.

History Camp Organizer & Volunteers

Carrie Lund is heading up History Camp Colorado.  Carrie is a financial services administrator who graduated with a degree in history and has been a docent at the Molly Brown House Museum and the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.  In February of 2016 she saw a tweet about History Camp Boston and liked the idea so much she and her husband flew to out to attend.  By the end of the day she’d decided that she was going to create a History Camp for Colorado.  History Camp Colorado will take place on Saturday, November 12, 2016.  Registration is now open.


Dave Lund is a volunteer by association and a good sport!  He helps with technical issues, math and moral support. He’s learning to like history.

Janet Kalstrom serves as Carrie’s event planning mentor and she’s presenting at Camp.

A big thank you goes to Dr. Patricia Richards and Phi Alpha Theta for sponsoring History Camp Colorado at the Tivoli!