Charles Counts a longtime Civil War expert and historian has spent years discovering how this region shaped and was shaped by the war. He'll share that knowledge during a Civil War Photography talk at the Aurora History Museum, 15051 East Alameda Parkway. "Most folks are just totally unaware of Colorado's role, or that Colorado had any role in the Civil War," says Counts, "so that's kind of the purpose of the talk: to let people know that there was a strong connection between the events of that time period, the Civil War and the birth of Colorado."
It makes sense, if you think about it. As Counts explains, "Many of the initial and successful gold-seekers came from the South, so there was a strong Southern presence in the area. There was a very strong possibility that the resources and populace could have easily swung the other way and bullion is definitely a lot easier to spend in European markets for arms than cotton."
The free photography talk is for ages eight and up. Visit www.auroralibrary.org or call 303-739-6600 for information on both events.
Sat., Jan. 20, 12-5 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 21, 12:30-6 p.m.