EDITOR’S NOTES: We have culled from the History Colorado Museum’s four October extensive newsletters a few programs that seemed significant for all residents to know, and have listed them here. — You can read the paragraph below and be satisfied, or click on the links to discover more details. — Enjoy.
Recently a number of museums have made news for returning culturally significant artifacts that were acquired inappropriately. Close to home, last week the Denver Art Museum returned 22 relics from India that had been illegally smuggled out of the country. And earlier this month, the Smithsonian repatriated 29 pieces known as the Benin Bronzes to Nigeria, from where they had been stolen by the British Army in 1897. High profile cases like the Benin Bronzes have prompted a lively and thoughtful conversation—in the pages of The Atlantic, on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight on HBO (for adults only), and more—about museums and their responsibilities in the global community.
Discussing Ken Burns’s Latest Film – US & the Holocaust
Lately the news has been heavy with reports of political figures amplifying anti-Semitic rhetoric (including top political, sports, and music stars) and the state school board debating Holocaust curriculum, so the evening of important community dialogue couldn’t be more timely. Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser gave remarks before a screening clip at the Museum of Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein’s documentary The US & The Holocaust, followed by a panel discussion including Holocaust survivors and educators. Presented by PBS12 and co-sponsored by History Colorado.
You can see a similar speech in the Channel 7 interview of Weiser who discussed his family history in the Holocaust, and spoke of how his lineage informs his reactions to the recent hate crimes across the country.
Colorado River Compact Crisis
November 24 will mark the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Colorado River Compact, which intended to allocate the water from the Colorado River appropriately for the states that rely upon this crucial resource. But overdemand and drought have created an untenable situation, and experts and stakeholders are trying to figure out what to do next about the growing crisis. Read more in this collaborative reporting published by The Colorado Sun.
Cheers to Colorado Beers!
Colorado brewers took home 27 medals at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in October, including some of the most coveted hardware. Denver’s Comrade Brewing walked away with the most hotly contested medal of the competition, winning its second gold in the past four years in the American-style IPA category, and Longmont’s Left Hand Brewing was crowned Brewery of the Year. With so many accolades, we couldn’t help but reshare the latest from The Colorado Magazine, in case you missed it and want to learn more about what makes Colorado such a great place to brew (and enjoy) beer these days. Feel free to read with an award-winning beer in hand!
Sand Creek Massacre (November 19)
In early October, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland (Pueblo of Laguna), together with representatives from tribal and state government, conservation groups, and the National Park Service, gathered together at the site of the Sand Creek Massacre to announce the expansion of the site managed by the NPS.
Once inaccessible private property, the park site will more than double its original size while continuing to increase visitor education through interpretive materials, specifically including the languages of the Cheyenne and Arapaho people.
History Colorado is proud to be in consultation with descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre for the upcoming exhibition, The Sand Creek Massacre: The Betrayal that Changed Cheyenne and Arapaho People Forever, opening November 19 at History Colorado Center.
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