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Celebrating Ken Burn’s brand of history so that the past may live

Once upon a time, a mother took her son to see the Supreme Court in session. The little boy sat patiently as lawyers presented their arguments, and the justices listened dispassionately. And then a fly landed on the forehead of one of the justices, who raised his hand to brush it off. The little boy…

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Good luck to Colorado’s new state historians — you’ll need it

Kevin J. Beaty, Denverite via AP This Thursday, May 17, 2018, photograph, shows “Play Ball!,” the new special exhibit inside the History Colorado Center, in Denver. If you are a historian who has invested hours beyond measure in speaking to and writing for public audiences, you have learned one law of the universe: unless you…

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Outgoing State Historian: History Colorado Is ‘Underperforming’ With ‘History Lite’ Exhibits

When Patty Limerick was tapped to be Colorado’s next State Historian in 2015, she says she was looking forward to working with History Colorado. It did not take long for that relationship to sour, Limerick said. When staff at History Colorado pitched doing a display with Kit Carson’s clothing, Limerick cautioned against treating the exhibit…

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PATTY LIMERICK: Forge new bonds between urban and rural Colorado

“Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic,” William Jennings Bryan said in his famed “Cross of Gold” speech in 1896, “but destroy our farms, and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.” This quotation, we cannot help…

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Family History Haunts G.O.P. Candidate for Governor in Colorado

DENVER — As a candidate for Colorado governor, Walker Stapleton has touted a distinguished biography: two terms as state treasurer, a business degree from Harvard and a long family history of public service. But there is one aspect of his family’s past that Mr. Stapleton has largely avoided mentioning: His great-grandfather, Benjamin Stapleton, a five-time…

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