Historic Lecture Series

The Tesoro Historic Lecture Series 2016/2017

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 Historical Lecture Series is supported by the Western History Department at Yale University.

We thank everyone involved in our 2016/2017 Series! Check back for information on the upcoming 2017/2018 season later this summer!

Completed Lectures 2016-2017

Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico: The Travel Diaries & Autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard 1825-1828

Joy PoolePresenter: Joy Poole

Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 2016

This lecture will focus on the early days of the Santa Fe Trail and westward American migration through the eyes of Dr. Rowland Willard, a physician who crossed paths with traders, government officials, Mexican clergyman, and mountain men during his travels through the American southwest. Dr. Willard was the only doctor to examine the body
of Hugh Glass, a famed Mountain Man who is now the subject of the Oscar-winning film, The Revenant.

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The Night the Stars Fell

Bethany WilliamsDr. Steven LeePresenters: Dr. Steven Lee
and Bethany Williams

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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. To explainand celebrate this natural phenomenon now known as the Leonid Meteor Shower, Dr. Steven Lee and Bethany Williams from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science will lecture about the science and history surrounding this significant natural event that took place almost two centuries ago. The Denver Astronomical Society will also be in attendance with telescopes set up in The Fort’s courtyard from 6:00-9:30pm to view the night sky.

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Beinecke Library Treasures: Susan Shelby Magoffin’s Diary and James Abert’s Drawings of Bent’s Fort & Owl Woman

Presenter: George Miles

Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8, 2017

Mr. George Miles will lecture about the invaluable materials and resources at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library that relate to Bent’s Old Fort. These include Susan Shelby Magoffin’s diary, written in 1846 and 1847, and Lieutenant James Abert’s 19th century drawings of Bent’s Old Fort, and Owl Woman, who was William Bent’s Cheyenne wife.

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In The Footsteps of Crazy Horse book coverIn The Footsteps of Crazy Horse

The lectures by Joseph Marshall III have been cancelled.

We have been informed by Joseph Marshall, the scheduled lecturer for Tesoro lectures this weekend (Sat 1/21 and Sun 1/22), that he is unable to speak. There is a family emergency that makes it impossible for him to be here. The Tesoro Cultural Center apologizes for the disappointment and hopes our public will join us for our next lecturer on Saturday, March 4th and Sunday, March 5th when Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will delight us with a discussion about Colorado’s Famous Landmarks.

We send Mr. Marshall our very best wishes, and thank you for your understanding.

Presenter: Joseph Marshall III

Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2017

joseph-marshall-iilRenowned author and historian Mr. Joseph Marshall III will lecture about his new book for children and young adults, In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse. This book provides valuable historical and cultural insights about the Lakota experience from the perspective of a young boy whose Grandfather takes him on a road trip to remember. Both the book and the lecture delve into the importance of oral history and tradition, and the connections youth can make with the past.

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Colorado’s Favorite Landmarks

This dinner lecture at The Fort is SOLD OUT!

Tom NoelPresenter: Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel

Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, 2017

Dr. Tom Noel, or “Dr. Colorado” as he is known by many, is a regular lecturer for Tesoro’s Historic Lecture Series, and is the author of many books on Denver and Colorado history. This entertaining lecture will be about famous and important landmarks in Colorado.

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Inventing the Oregon Trail

This dinner lecture at The Fort is SOLD OUT!

Sarah KoenigDr. Jay Gitlin

Presenters: Dr. Jay Gitlin and Sarah Koenig

Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, 2017

Dr. Gitlin and Dr. Koenig’s lecture will focus on how a popular western tale illuminates the importance of myth-making and history-making in the Anglo-American conquest of the Pacific Northwest.

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Bent’s Fort: American Crossroads

This dinner lecture at The Fort is SOLD OUT!

elliott-westPresenter: Dr. Elliott West

Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, 2017

Dr. Elliott West, a esteemed author and professor, will be join Tesoro for a lecture about Bent’s Fort as an American crossroads in terms of both space and time. It was built where an array of Indian and white cultures met, exchanged customs, and, often enough, fought. The walls were raised at a time of some of the most dynamic changes that the American West would ever know. Bent’s Fort is a window into one of the most dynamic, fascinating, and troubling periods in the history of our nation’s midcontinent.

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Makah Voices and the Sea

Dr. Josh ReidPresenter: Dr. Joshua Reid

Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dr. Josh Reid will lecture about his new book, The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs. His book and lecture provide in-depth insights into the Makah tribe’s historical relationship to the ocean. The Makah Indians held a vast area of inland and coastal territory in Northwestern Washington state for centuries prior to European contact, and skillfully utilized the bounty of the sea for their livelihood.

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