Historic Lecture Series

Tesoro Historic Lecture Series
2019/2020

Tesoro’s Historic Lecture Series features renowned scholars, historians, and authors in the field of 19th Century American Western History. Tesoro’s Historic Lecture Series is supported by the Western History Department at Yale University.

Dinner Lecture Tickets: $68 for Non-Members, $60 for Tesoro Members (Enter the code MEMBER in the “Discount” field on the Payment Method screen of the Checkout process to get your discount on individual tickets online).

Dinner Lectures are held at The Fort, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison, Colorado – in Southwest Denver “Red Rocks Country”
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Our 2019/2020 Historic Lecture Series:

Black Cowboys in the American West

Michael “Cowboy Mike” SearlesPresenter:
Mr. Michael “Cowboy Mike” Searles

Who were the black cowboys? They were drovers, foremen, fiddlers, cowpunchers, cattle rustlers, cooks, and singers. They worked as wranglers, riders, ropers, bulldoggers, and bronc busters. They came from varied backgrounds—some grew up in slavery, while free blacks often got their start in Texas and Mexico. Most who joined the long trail drives were men, but black women also rode and worked on western ranches and farms. The first overview of the subject in more than fifty years, Black Cowboys in the American West surveys the life and work of these cattle drivers from the years before the Civil War through the turn of the twentieth century.

Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 4pm
Lecture at Buck Recreation Center
2004 W. Powers Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120
This program is free to the public; however, registration is required through
South Suburban Parks & Recreation website link here, or by calling 303-347-5999.

Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library, 5th Floor, Gates Meeting Room
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
Free lecture (limited seating of 60). No registration is required.
Lectures at DPL will be livestreamed- see Tesoro’s Facebook Page to watch.

Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Buffalo Ribs served with mashed potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables, followed by Chile Chocolate Bourbon Cake for dessert.

 

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Boom and Bust Colorado

Dr. Tom NoelPresenter:
Dr. Tom Noel

State Historian Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will pictorially scrutinize Colorado’s Ups and Downs, from the Gold and Silver booms and busts to the current explosion in pot shops, brewpubs and craft breweries. What goes up, Tom will remind us, must come down.

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 4pm
Lecture at The Lone Tree Hub
8827 Lone Tree Parkway,
Lone Tree, CO 80124
This program is free to the public; however, registration is required through South Suburban Parks & Recreation website link here, or by calling 303-347-5999.

Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library, 5th Floor, Gates Meeting Room
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
Free lecture (limited seating of 60). No registration is required.
Lectures at DPL will be livestreamed- see Tesoro’s Facebook Page to watch.

Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Buffalo Steak served “Incorrect Style” with Fort potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables, followed by a Blonde Brownie à la mode.

 

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Penitentes in the American Southwest

Presenter:
Dr. Charles Carrillo

Dr. Carrillo will explore the history and origins of the Penitente Brotherhood of colonial New Mexico. Additionally, Carrillo will dispel myths about this lay organization and provide an understanding of La Cofradía de Nuesto Padre Jesús Nazareno, the Confraternity of Our Father Jesus of the Nazarene.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 4pm
Lecture at Buck Recreation Center
2004 W. Powers Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120
This program is free to the public; however, registration is required through
South Suburban Parks & Recreation website link here, or by calling 303-347-5999.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library, 5th Floor, Gates Meeting Room
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
Free lecture (limited seating of 60). No registration is required.
Lectures at DPL will be livestreamed- see Tesoro’s Facebook Page to watch.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Gonzales Buffalo Steak with Fort potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables, followed by Crème Brulee for dessert.

 

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Music of the Frontier and the Río Grande

(Dinner Lecture at The Fort only)

Lorenzo Trujillo

Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo

Dr. Jay Gitlin

Presenters:
Dr. Jay Gitlin and Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo

Jay Gitlin: The Accordion Frontier
The accordion was a global musical instrument that flourished in many western communities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from the Dakotas to Texas and Louisiana.

Lorenzo Trujillo: The Rio Grande through the Santa Fe Trail
The violin, guitar and sometimes the piano were staples of the music played in the Rio Grande through the Santa Fe Trail with polkas, waltzes, schottisches, and some inditias.  You will hear some of these and discussed as expressions of the times.

The evening will be filled with music, laughter and an insight into the themes, sounds, and evolution of the music that filled the camps, dance halls, concert halls, and taverns in the West.

Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Buffalo Prime Rib with Green Chile Mac N’ Cheese and fresh seasonal vegetables, followed by a Butterscotch Sundae for dessert.

 

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Much Ado About Custer: Rethinking the Indian Wars

Dr. Catherine FranklinPresenter:
Dr. Catharine Franklin

For decades, the fight for the American West has fascinated writers and readers alike. The mystery of Lt. Col. George A. Custer’s death, the lives of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, and the catastrophe at Wounded Knee have been too powerful to resist. Yet it turns out that the United States Army’s unpublished manuscript correspondence – hidden away in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. – radically changes what we think about the era. This lecture will explore the misguided notion of those so-called Indian Wars, the forgotten peers of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, and why Custer still looms large in popular memory.

Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 4pm
Lecture at The Lone Tree Hub
8827 Lone Tree Parkway,
Lone Tree, CO 80124
This program is free to the public; however, registration is required through South Suburban Parks & Recreation website link here, or by calling 303-347-5999.

Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library, 5th Floor, Gates Meeting Room
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
Free lecture (limited seating of 60). No registration is required.
Lectures at DPL will be livestreamed- see Tesoro’s Facebook Page to watch.

Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: 6 oz. Buffalo Tenderloin and Grilled Shrimp with Fort potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables, followed by Mexican chocolate ice cream for dessert.

 

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The Great American Desert: Major Stephen Long’s Colorado Expedition of 1820

John SteinlePresenter:
Mr. John Steinle

Using images of original paintings, sketches and maps, John Steinle will follow the Stephen H. Long Expedition of 1820 on its progress through Colorado and the rest of the American West. He will illustrate the many “firsts” that this expedition accomplished, and why the West was labeled the “Great American Desert” in the Expedition’s aftermath.

Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 4pm
Lecture at Buck Recreation Center
2004 W. Powers Avenue, Littleton, CO 80120
This program is free to the public; however, registration is required through
South Suburban Parks & Recreation website link here, or by calling 303-347-5999.

Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library, 5th Floor, Gates Meeting Room
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
Free lecture (limited seating of 60). No registration is required.
Lectures at DPL will be livestreamed- see Tesoro’s Facebook Page to watch.

Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: An Elk Chop paired with a Teriyaki Marinated Quail alongside Fort potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables, followed by a slice of pie à la mode.

 

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Completed Lectures 2019-2020

Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power

Lakota America book coverPresenter:
Dr. Pekka Hämäläinen

Dr. Hämäläinen explores the Lakota’s roots as marginal hunter-gatherers and reveals how they reinvented themselves twice between the 16th century through the early 21st century: first as a river people who dominated the Missouri Valley and then – in what was America’s first sweeping westward expansion – as a horse people who ruled supreme on the vast high plains.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 4pm
Lecture at The Lone Tree Hub
8827 Lone Tree Parkway,
Lone Tree, CO 80124
This program is free to the public; however, registration is required through South Suburban Parks & Recreation website link here, or by calling 303-347-5999.

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library, 7th Floor, Training Room
10 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204
Free lecture (limited seating of 60). No registration is required.
Lectures at DPL will be livestreamed- see Tesoro’s Facebook Page to watch.

Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Buffalo Prime Rib with Dixon Red Chile, served with mashed potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables, followed by Negrita for dessert.

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The Night The Stars Fell

Bethany WilliamsDr. Steven Lee(Dinner Lecture at The Fort only)
Presenters: Dr. Steven Lee and Ms. Bethany Williams

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 17, 2019 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: 5 oz. Buffalo Sirloin and a Teriyaki Marinated Quail, served with Fort potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables, followed by Cheesecake topped with Huckleberry Preserves for dessert.

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