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How should history be told? Rising Colorado voices are pushing museums to rethink their approach

History Colorado is changing exhibits about Lincoln Hills, Sand Creek Massacre as the museum industry pushes to fix narratives that sanitized history or left out voices of underrepresented communities

Equity

CSU professor Jared Orsi aims to amplify undertold stories as Colorado’s new state historian

His wide-ranging expertise has long focused on public lands and how Coloradans have shaped them — and been shaped by them

Coloradans

SunLit Interview: In the tale of a union trailblazer, Jane Little Botkin found a story that still resonates

For "The Girl Who Dared to Defy," the author dug deep into the history of the woman who engineered an uprising among Denver housemaids

SunLit

Former Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex, who issued 1st same-sex marriage licenses, dies

The former Boulder County clerk, who is considered a pioneer in the gay rights movement, issued a same-sex marriage license in 1975

Coloradans

Laura Pritchett: Feverish reverie and collapsed time mark COVID’s silver lining

My symptoms weren't fun, but amid the forced rest my mind wandered to consider a woman who inhabited my space in earlier times

Boats used to float through Denver on Cherry Creek. They’re long gone now, but their legacy lives on.

Venice on the Creek was once an eccentric tourist attraction that sent visitors on rides through the only boat locks in Colorado

Coloradans

Colorado’s oldest business just sold. Its future could help preserve a community’s way of life.

R&R Market in San Luis nearly closed. A new effort will turn it into a co-op with the goal of rejuvenating a unique community.

Coloradans

SunLit Interview: Author Bill Sonn found a “starter drug” in library archives

The writer of the nonfiction "Something Like Treason" came across a trove of documents on an Army unit for misfits that led to his obsession with their story

SunLit

SunLit Special: “Something Like Treason” tells a bizarre Colorado-based story of WWII

Author William Sonn examined the true tale of some would-be traitors in a misfit Army unit based near the vaunted Camp Hale in the Colorado mountains

SunLit

SunLit Special: “Cockeyed Happy” reveals Hemingway’s Wyoming chapters

Author Darla Worden, a longtime Ernest Hemingway fan, delves into the author's trips to her home state and his relationship with second wife Pauline Pfeiffer

SunLit

SunLit Interview: How a $1 volume of Hemingway’s letters launched Darla Worden’s quest

Like Hemingway, the author traveled the world to pursue her writing. But she found inspiration in the time he spent in her home state of Wyoming.

SunLit

SunLit Interview: Curious about a peak’s name change, Jeri Norgren set out on a 3-year quest

The author soon became fascinated by the histories behind the 58 Colorado fourteeners -- including still more name changes that continue to this day

SunLit

Colorado Springs’ America the Beautiful Park was once home to dozens of families. Here’s their story.

The park stands on what used to be the Conejos neighborhood in downtown Colorado Springs, a vibrant and diverse working-class community

Culture

Drew Litton: Recalling 9/11 — when America stood together

Opinion

SunLit interview: David A. Varel sought to close “gaping chasm” between history and public

In producing his biography of Lawrence Reddick, the author encountered the professional and financial hurdles that many historians face to bring their work into the public eye

SunLit

SunLit excerpt: “The Scholar and the Struggle” reveals the life and impact of Lawrence Reddick

Author David Varel's biography tracks the work of one of the most important Black intellectuals of the 20th century -- and links his importance to the present day

SunLit

For the first time, Colorado has a Latina state historian. Here’s what Nicki Gonzales hopes to accomplish.

The Denver native found herself moving east to learn about the West. Now she wants to engage students and others in a more inclusive reading of the state’s complex past.

Coloradans

Silverman: Let’s not hide from the racism in our history. We can learn from it.

Three books shed light on the history of racism in Colorado and the United States

Opinion Columns

SunLit interview: An inheritance of diaries and journals spurred a years-long pursuit of history

Jeffrey B. Miller's interest in a World War I-era humanitarian aid effort led to his current nonfiction account of the people behind a program that saved millions from starvation

SunLit

Opinion: Happy sad birthday, America

We can honor history by keeping the Fourth of July real and still finding great things to celebrate

Opinion Columns
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