All-expense paid programs in Applied History with Patty Limerick

Become a leader in this exciting trend of expanding the opportunities to engage wider audiences in historical reflection!


In December of 2018, the Center of the American West was awarded an $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for an Applied History training program tying historical understanding to real-world solutions for modern problems.

Through a series of courses, projects, networking events and summer programs, graduate students, postdoctoral students and faculty will combine their historical knowledge with practical skills. Under the guidance of mentors, participants will craft responses to recurring issues in the West, including wildfires, natural resource management and the challenges and opportunities facing native peoples.

“Historical perspective proves to be a wonderful way to assess contemporary conflicts and dilemmas. Unleashed and empowered, young scholars who cultivate the skills of applied history could become a major force in enhancing the well-being of Western communities in the 21st century. Their energy and knowledge add up to one of the most valuable—and most underutilized—renewable resources of the American West today.” – Patty Limerick

The first part of this program, “Skills Repurposing” is an all-expense paid weekend workshop intensive in Applied History with Patty Limerick which started in the Fall of 2019. This workshop trains recent Ph.D. recipients, History postdocs, and adjunct faculty to become applied historians who can draw on the expertise of scholars and industry leaders from a range of disciplines to reach  wider audiences.

APPLY TODAY! 2022 Skills Repurposing Weekend Workshop

Weekends with the Accomplished began with a visit from Char Miller in the Fall of 2019. These workshops welcome graduate students and undergraduates from Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and the Front Range region, who wish to engage with established authors and scholars who are accomplished practitioners of Applied History. These visits allow for personal interactions with experts in the field and encourage regional networking opportunities.

Our three-week, all-expense paid, “Summer Workshop,” takes a deep dive into the “repurposing” of young historians’ skills. Explore the Denver Metro/Rocky Mountain region while expanding on your scholarly pursuits as you investigate new avenues to broaden your ability to “network” into uncharted terrain. Applications are open to recent Ph.D. recipients, graduate and undergraduate students attending schools from both within Colorado and afar. (Previous attendees of the “Skills Repurposing” weekend workshop intensive will have the opportunity to return to Boulder to act as mentors, while also giving presentations at the workshop, using their own adventures as parables and case studies of the potential of Applied History.)

APPLY TODAY! 2022 Summer Summer Workshop