Historic Lecture Series

Tesoro Historic Lecture Series
2017/2018

From October through April, Tesoro’s Historic Lecture Series features an exciting lineup of historians, authors, and professors who explore topics pertaining to the history of the 19th century American West. Tesoro’s Historic Lecture Series is supported by the Western History Department at Yale University.

Here is our 2017/2018 lineup. More details coming soon!

Dr. Tom NoelGhosts of The Fort

Presenter: Dr. Tom Noel

Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

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Apache Wars book coverThe Apache Wars

Presenter: Dr. Paul Hutton

Dr. Paul Andrew Hutton, renowned author and historian, will explore the gripping story of the Apaches’ long fight against Mexico and the United States. This lecture will focus on his highly-acclaimed and national award-winning book, The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, The Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History. Humane, insightful, and vivid, this lecture immerses the audience in the rugged landscape of Apacheria, the meeting ground and battlefield of nations.

Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 4pm
Lecture at Buck Recreation Center
2004 W. Powers Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120

Sunday, October 29th at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Sunday, October 29th at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

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Night The Stars Fell

Dr. Steven LeePresenter: Dr. Steven Lee

On November 27, 1833, thousands of meteors showered the sky of North America. To the American Indians, it appeared as though the stars were falling out of the heavens. Join Dr. Steve Lee as he explains and celebrate this natural phenomenon (today known as the Leonid Meteor Shower) from scientific and cultural perspectives. The Denver Astronomical Society will set up telescopes in The Fort’s courtyard to view the night sky.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

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Where a Hundred Soldiers Were Killed: The Struggle for the Powder River Country in 1866 and the Making of the Fetterman Myth

Presenter: Dr. John H. Monnett

The Powder River Country of what is now north central Wyoming was one of the most resource-rich regions of the Northern Plains in the nineteenth century. As U.S. mining interests and white settlement to the north in Montana Territory increased, conflict arose between the United States and the Lakota and Cheyenne Nations. This lecture delves into the Battle of Where a Hundred Soldiers Were Killed, which is considered the worst defeat the U.S. Army had suffered in the Great Plains prior to the Battle of Little Big Horn a decade later.

Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 4pm
Lecture at The Lone Tree Hub
8827 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree, CO 80124

Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

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Plains Indian Trade and What a 19th Century Trade Inventory Tells Us about It

Presenter: Mr. Michael Schaubs

On December 2, 1837, a trading party under James C. Robertson left Fort Jackson to trade on the Arkansas River with the Cheyenne Indians in the vicinity of Big Timbers, this being a favored wintering location for these Indians. A further purpose of the trading party may have been to tweak the Bent, St. Vrain & Co, whose primary trading center, Bent’s Fort, was located approximately 60 miles upriver. While many details of the trading party have been lost, the inventory of trade goods with costs has been preserved. This program will discuss typical trading protocols with the Plains Indians and will discuss the distribution and types of goods taken on such trading expeditions.

Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 4pm
Lecture at Buck Recreation Center
2004 W. Powers Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120

Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

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George Bent: Man of Many Worlds

Presenter: Mr. John Steinle

This is the story of the amazing and uncommon life of George Bent- a “halfbreed” born to prominent white trader and his Indian wife, whose lifetime spanned one of the most exciting epochs in our nation’s history. After a lifetime of adventures and misfortunes, accomplishments and failures, George Bent made a lasting contribution to the memory of his people by sharing with historians the story of the fighting Cheyennes

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 4pm
Lecture at The Lone Tree Hub
8827 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree, CO 80124

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

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George Bent and his Five Wives: Uncovering A Half-Breed History of North America

Presenter: Dr. Anne Hyde

Examining the intimate side of the fur trade, we find that something quite new emerged in North America—half-European, half-Indian families whose children embraced both heritages. For the next two hundred years, these mixed families quietly engaged in an experiment in peaceful race relations and proud mixed-race communities that worked. The Bent family of St. Louis, southern Colorado, and Oklahoma provide a rich example. Just how this alternative story of race relations emerged, what sustained it, who destroyed it and why makes George Bent’s story one that will break your heart.

Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 4pm
Lecture at Buck Recreation Center
2004 W. Powers Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120

Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

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The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became A Mexican Millionaire

Presenter: Dr. Karl Jacoby

Dr. Jacoby joins us to discuss his book, The Strange Career of William Ellis. To his contemporaries in Gilded Age Manhattan, Guillermo Eliseo was a fantastically wealthy Mexican in the upper echelons of society. But for all his obvious riches and his elegant appearance, Eliseo was also the possessor of a devastating secret: he was not, in fact, from Mexico at all. Rather, he had begun life as a slave named William Ellis, born on a cotton plantation in southern Texas. Using Ellis’ story, Jacoby will explore fresh insights on the history of the Reconstruction era, the US-Mexico border, and the abiding riddle of race.

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 4pm
Lecture at The Lone Tree Hub
8827 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree, CO 80124

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

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Leaving the Comfort Zone: Mountain Men and the Trappings of a Wilderness Lifestyle

Presenter: Ms. Sarah Pickman, Yale Doctoral Student

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 4pm
Lecture at Buck Recreation Center
2004 W. Powers Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

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