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History Colorado Replacing State Historian Patty Limerick With State Historians Council

On August 1, Colorado Day, History Colorado will install its new State Historians Council, comprising five historians from academic institutions across the state. The University of Colorado Denver’s Tom Noel will head the council. And so “Dr. Colorado,” as Noel is known, will be in…and Patty Limerick, who was appointed state historian in early 2016, will be…

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Prodding a Historic Friend to do Better

History Colorado and I are old friends. Thirty years ago, still a newcomer to Colorado, I gave the keynote speech at the society’s annual members meeting. Over the years, to use the classic Western phrasing, I have not been a stranger to that organization; my deepest mission in life is reaching members of the public…

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Great Sand Dunes Park Was Born Out Of Cooperation. Is There A Drought Lesson For Today In That?

Eighty percent of Colorado is experiencing some form of drought or dryness. That means dry river basins, hungry wildfires and parched farmland across the state. Some have already started comparing conditions to the 2002 drought. It’s also prompting a closer look by historians into how communities have survived and triumphed over water scarcity — instead of the…

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Laura Ingalls Wilder v. the Librarians

ALA won’t honor Little House on the Prairie author anymore: All the more reason to read her recent biography. You’ve probably read by now that the American Library Association removed Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from an award last Monday. The Wilder Award was one they—the world’s oldest assembly of library professionals—created especially to honor her…

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E pluribus unum? These days it’s closer to “out of one, many.”

In the domain of national slogans, e pluribus unum — “out of many, one” — is distinctively braced and ready for trouble. From the struggles among the Founders over the balance between centralized and localized power to the contests over the expansion of slavery into the nation’s western territories, from the disputes between imperialists and…

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