History can build and destroy nations, create and end wars and help society wrangle with ethical obligations and failures. But when teachers reduce it to an endless scroll of names and dates that have been stripped of context, history loses its power. The Smithsonian Institution's Richard Kurin is ... More >>
The explosions outside the State Capitol yesterday startled people from downtown to Capitol Hill. But unlike so many other explosions today, these were planned. Artillery blasts marked the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Glorieta Pass, on March 26, 1862, when Colonel John Chivington led the First ... More >>
Did Henry Ford really make a car out of hemp? Was the Declaration of Independence written on hemp paper? Did Abraham Lincoln use hemp oil in his lamps? The hemp plant, a variety of Cannabis sativa that's the subject of this week's cover story "Green Acres," is steeped in lore. Some hemp legends ar ... More >>
When you think of the Civil Rights Movement, you likely think of Martin Luther King Jr. -- for good reason. The role he played was monumental -- and because of that, monuments have been erected, pages in textbooks set aside and a national holiday named in his honor. So much attention has been given ... More >>
Barack Obama will be speaking in Golden Thursday, marking the umpteenth recent visit to Colorado by a presidential candidate or surrogate. And he'll be back again on October 3, when he's scheduled to face Mitt Romney in 2012's first presidential debate -- at the University of Denver, which is alread ... More >>
Uselma Duncan is not a household name. He was not a world-famous artist or poet, and he wasn't abundantly wealthy. Uselma Duncan was a dry goods clerk who fought on the side of the North during the early months of the Civil War. He represents a faceless, nameless number -- one of the millions of ind ... More >>
The Brown Palace has hosted every U.S. president since Teddy Roosevelt first visited in 1905, thirteen years after the hotel opened, except for two: Calvin Coolidge and Barack Obama. And now Obama has snubbed the Brown again, opting to stay at the JW Marriott in Cherry Creek last night...after slumm ... More >>
Iced Earth (due tonight at Summit Music Hall) came out of the rich heavy metal scene in Tampa Bay, Florida in the late '80s. At a time when melodic heavy metal, especially the glam variety, was on the wane, Iced Earth came in with the wave of metal that produced a melodic speed metal as well as the ... More >>
Brown Palace 1892.A week after Snobama buried the Front Range in hype and hope, we're still shoveling out -- and just dug up this fun fact: The Brown Palace has hosted every U.S. president since Teddy Roosevelt first visited in 1905, thirteen years after the hotel opened, except for two: Calv ... More >>
Our list of the 10 most bangable dudes in Colorado history featured plenty of vintage hunks, including the young Buffalo Bill Cody, seen here. But a reader drew a (very funny) line in front of one pick.
In their book, One Nation Under Sex, Larry Flynt and David Eisenbach are looking for high profile sex scandals that the history books might have missed. That might sound like a book filled with hearsay and smut, but the purpose isn't so much to bring down our nation's leaders, but to humanize ... More >>
At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sarah Vowell will sign copies of her latest tome, Unfamiliar Fishes, at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. We caught up with Vowell about her inspiration for the book, what she learned and how this book fits into her previous body of work.
Titus Andronicus is frightfully serious about punk rock. The group of well-read, New Jersey-bred twenty-somethings recently released The Monitor, a concept album about the Civil War that contains spoken-word, era-appropriate interludes, male-female call-and-response, and three track punk su ... More >>
With an entire day devoted to the vast, ceremonious, celebration of love, it's quite easy to overlook President's Day. But while Valentine's Day gets all the press and glory (and presents!), we'd be completely remiss not to at least acknowledge the men who helped shape who we are today. Without pres ... More >>
Juneteenth returns to Five Points with a parade and festival.
East High grad and author Daniel Howe will talk about his 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning history tome, What Hath God Wrought -- The Transformation of America: 1815-1848, at 7 p.m. tonight at the Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway. The 928-page book, published in late 2007, covers American histor ... More >>
A footnote in many other tales, Joseph Priestly finally gets his own book.
Howard Zinn and company bring history to the stage.
Colorado was pivotal in keeping the Union together.
Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli Student Union
Next Stage's Assassins is a grand musical look at America's killer instinct.
The tale of Chicanos in Colorado is captured in La Raza de Colorado.
National Treasure makes one long for good Nic Cage movies . . .like Con Air.
DCTC's adaptation of John Brown's Body stands tall.
Manson Family Values
The LIDA Project Experimental Theatre Company
Painters and the American West
Colorado State Parks
The white author of a book on quilting thinks her black male co-author is getting all the credit.
1776 salutes the birth of a nation in song.
Bill Gwaltney wants to see more people like him at Rocky Mountain National Park.
The battle over the Sand Creek massacre just won't end.