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Sunlit Excerpt: “Saving Yellowstone” views an iconic landscape through lens of Reconstruction, national expansion

Prologue Lost The  Cut,  Montana  Territory.  October  1870. The dog stopped along the trail ahead of him, growling. Yellowstone Jack Baronett reined in his horse and dismounted, taking his gun from the saddle. He soon saw what had captured the dog’s attention: an animal was dragging itself slowly up the side of the Cut, a […]

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Opinion: Civil War statue and Sand Creek Massacre memorial: Make room for both at the Colorado Capitol

I’m prone to obsessions.  My (patient) wife has spent too much time listening about weightlifting, physics, birds, three-toed sloths.  When it comes to history, it’s gotta be the Cold War. I’ve read a little of everything on the subject.   When I think about history, I’ve never been a fan of the idea that there is […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

Toppled Civil War statue at Colorado Capitol to be replaced by sculpture of Native American woman

The Civil War statue toppled by protesters outside the Colorado state Capitol over the summer will be replaced by a sculpture of a Native American woman mourning the atrocities of the Sand Creek Massacre. The Capitol Building Advisory Committee voted 7-2 Friday in favor of the new sculpture after hearing from representatives of the tribes […]

Posted inColoradans, News

History Colorado unveils the toppled Union soldier statue with an exhibit that seeks to tell its story. Its whole story.

The conversation started almost immediately. Three women, visitors to History Colorado’s downtown museum, happened by the statue of a Union soldier that had been defaced and pulled off its pedestal during a stretch of racial equality protests months ago in Denver. They quickly read several very different interpretations — representing historians, veterans, indigenous tribes and […]

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When the Union soldier fell at the Colorado Capitol, it may have started a chain reaction

When the statue of a Union soldier that stood on the west side of the state Capitol was toppled and defaced by protesters in June, it did more than reignite a long-running conversation about public monuments and their meaning. It also started a chain reaction that could add new dimension and additional context to the […]

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Why now? The roots (and possible future) of Colorado’s reckoning with racism past and present

Earlier this month, Sarah Stabio was cleaning up in the exercise studio she opened nearly four years ago when she caught a glimpse of the screen-printed sign on her front window: “The Bar Method Denver-Stapleton.” Suddenly, she couldn’t wait another moment. “Stapleton,” the area that memorializes a Denver mayor notorious for his ties to the […]

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Denver “proactively” removes Kit Carson statue from downtown monument ahead of protests

A statue of American frontiersman Kit Carson that topped Pioneer Monument in downtown Denver was removed by city crews Friday afternoon. It is the third art installation memorializing a controversial figure to be removed from public spaces in Denver in two days.  “Denver Parks and Recreation has removed the Kit Carson statue within the Pioneer […]

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Statue honoring Christopher Columbus rolled off its pedestal in Denver’s Civic Center

Protesters tore down a statue honoring Christopher Columbus in Civic Center park late Thursday night.  Video posted to Twitter by the AfroLiberationFront showed a group of individuals pulling on ropes tied to the statue. The statue was pulled down around 11:15 p.m., Denver police department spokesman Doug Schepman said. The incident follows the toppling of […]