Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium

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Age Group: Adults, All
Registration for this event will close on June 4, 2020 @ 5:00pm.
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The 17th Annual Pikes Peak Regional History Symposium: Iron Rails, Wagon Trails, & Snail Mail


Saturday, June 6, 2019, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m. Doors Open at East Library

9:00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:45 a.m. ​
The Santa Fe Trail - Travel Tales

Dr. Mike Olsen - Trail to Rail: The Iron Horse and the Demise of the Old Santa Fe Trail

​Heather Jordan - The Road to Suffrage: Susan B. Anthony and the Colorado Women’s Suffrage Referendum of 1877

​Leo Oliva - Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail​

Nancy Prince - The Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Line in 1900 – One Family’s Covered Wagon Trip

Panel Q&A

10:45 – 11 a.m.

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Landscape –Exploration, Imagination, & Limitation

Eric Swab - Three Trails That Ring Cheyenne Mountain, Three Tales of Infidelity, Bribery, and Provocation

Brad Bowers - The Frontier of Enterprise in Pueblo County in the Early Twentieth Century

Dr. Doreen E. Martinez - Historicizing Indigenous Presence: Footprints, Artifacts, and Indigenous Ways of Being and Knowing

Jay Fell - Art, Science, and Exploration: Stephen Long, Edwin James, and the Yellow Stone Expedition of 1820

Panel Q&A

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Light Complimentary Lunch

1:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Utopia in the West – Ethics, Morality, & Maladies

Mark James - Edwin James, Pikes Peak, and the American West

Katherine Scott Sturdevant - The Quaker Trail: Moral Infiltration and Disintegration in the Early Pikes Peak Region

Patrick Lee - Oliver Bowman’s Coal Carbonization Plant and a Vision of Utopia

Susan Fletcher - “You Have Died of Dysentery:” Playing Pioneers with The Oregon Trail, Lincoln Logs, and Toy Trains

Panel Q&A

​3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Reception & Special Presentation
Schedule and speakers subject to change.

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