Descendants of those who survived the Sand Creek Massacre did not hear much about it when they were growing up; that day was too painful for their elders to talk about. "They would always cry," one remembers. But some descendants of John Evans, Colorado's territorial governor during the November 29, ... More >>
When you're trying to right a 150-year-old wrong, you do not want to make another mistake. You do not want to add insult to grievous injury. That's why the members of the University of Denver's John Evans Study Committee took such care with their investigation of the connection between John Evans, t ... More >>
References to the Sand Creek Massacre are everywhere these days, including page 55 of the new AP United States History course, one of the most controversial -- if unread -- documents in Colorado and the focus of the proposed curriculum review committee that a few members of the Jefferson County Publ ... More >>
Yesterday in Arizona, convicted murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood was executed...very slowly. Wood reportedly gasped for breath for nearly two hours as witnesses watched before finally expiring. This is hardly the first botched execution, as is clear from the following roster, first published last year. ... More >>
At 10 a.m. in the State Capitol, capital punishment opponents, including Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett, will commemorate World Day to End the Death Penalty. Among other things, the event is scheduled to feature "reflections of the death penalty's biased and unjust application." But what abo ... More >>
No matter how sensitive the University of Denver is these days, it keeps getting spanked. First, the school got bashed by boosters of Denver Boone, the onetime Pioneer mascot. Then some loyalists griped about a commission to investigate the role of John Evans, the territorial governor who founded th ... More >>
Historian Ari Kelman was watching Iron Man 3 this past weekend with his son when he was startled by a familiar reference, one that seemed very out of context in a Hollywood blockbuster. Mandarin, the apparent arch-villain played by Ben Kingsley, was comparing his own act of terrorism in attacking a ... More >>
The Sand Creek Massacre isn't the only grim chapter in Colorado history that will mark a major anniversary in 2014. Next year is also the hundredth anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre, the darkest moment in the Great Coalfield War. On April 20, 1914, a skirmish broke out between the Colorado National ... More >>
While the University of Denver explores the role that John Evans, its founder, had to the Sand Creek Massacre, some people have moved beyond study to action. Aaron Sears, for example, has written a script for a movie he plans to direct: The Soul of Silas. The film is far from a big-budget affair -- ... More >>
Capitol punishment has made plenty of news in Colorado lately, thanks to a failed attempt to ban the practice and 18th Judicial District DA George Brauchler's pledge to seek seek the death penalty against accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes. But what about when executions go wrong? CU Profe ... More >>
The University of Denver Pioneers have always had that fighting spirit -- but lately, much of the fight has focused on the school's long-defunct mascot, a bearded, coonskin-cap-wearing cartoon character named Denver Boone, which was designed by a Walt Disney artist and served as the school's officia ... More >>
This is Founder's Day at the University of Denver, with the founder in question being then-territorial governor John Evans. In fact, "the university's highest award" is the Evans Award, which will be handed out to a Board of Trustees member tonight. Before he moved to Colorado, Evans had founded Nor ... More >>
Before John Evans moved west in 1862 to become the first territorial governor of Colorado and found the school that grew into the University of Denver (as well as inspire the naming of streets, towns and a mountain), he was among nine founders of Northwestern University north of Chicago, in what's n ... More >>
DIVINE FITS @ BLUEBIRD THEATER |12/14/12 Picking a high point of a show as thoroughly enjoyable as this one would be tough, but when Alex Fischel started playing the synth intro to "You Got Lucky" by Tom Petty -- which could have gone either way, kitschy or funny -- and Dan Boeckner started singing ... More >>
If you like Colorado history, gravestone architecture and walking above thousands of dead bodies at night, then Riverside Cemetery has a deal for you! Starting tomorrow and continuing through October 27, the cemetery will be offering its annual Moonlight History and Mystery Tour. Then on Monday, O ... More >>
Science Partner had its origins as a solo side project of Tyler Despres of Dualistics. When that band split up due to half the band moving out of state for work and the like, Science Partner became Despres main creative focus. The early shows may have been more acoustic affairs, but last year, by th ... More >>
Tom Murphy TAME IMPALA With Achille Lauro 12.04.10 | Bluebird Theater Stardeath and the White Dwarfs was originally slated to be part of this bill but couldn't make it, so last minute, local band Achille Lauro was added, which is just as well because that band shares a bit of the same exper ... More >>
GATHERING OF THE CLOUDS Overcasters • Swayback • Buckingham Squares • Gangcharger Achille Lauro • Light Travels Faster • Glass Homes • Juliet Mission Action Packed Thrill Ride • Hearts In Space • Anna.Martina.Ross 10.21.10 - 10.23.10 | The Weather Center, Denver, CO Overcasters ... More >>
The Four Seasons Private Residences Denver, the 45-story luxury condo building and hotel that's been under construction since September 2007, is set to be topped off this Thursday at 10:30 a.m. with the ceremonial hoisting into place of the 75-foot mast that will crown the structure. With the ... More >>
Bought by the state for a dollar, Fort Lyon is rich in history, asbestos, sick inmates — and trouble.
Bean and nothingness
The lost town of Saxonia reemerges from the pages of history.
The graduating class and the incoming members.
The battle over the Sand Creek massacre just won't end.
While historians search for the site of the Sand Creek Massacre, Laird Cometsevah listens to his ancestors.
Kansas farmers say their weather-modification program causes rain. Colorado farmers say it causes trouble.