Historic Lecture Series

Tesoro Historic Lecture Series
2021/2022

Tesoro’s Historic Lecture Series features renowned scholars, historians, and authors in the field of 19th Century American Western History. 

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 Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations,  call 303-839-1671 for details or buy your tickets below:

Dinner Lectures are held at The Fort, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison, Colorado – in Southwest Denver “Red Rocks Country”
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Our 2021/2022 Historic Lecture Series:

The San Luis Valley: History at a Cultural Crossroad

Charles Nicholas SaenzPresenter:
Dr. Charles Nicholas Saenz

Home to many firsts in the state’s history, the San Luis Valley enjoys recognition as “the place where Colorado began.” Nick Saenz explores the meaning of this phrase as it relates to a history of conflict and collaboration along the borderlands of the Río Grande. Understand how Colorado emerged as a contested space at the juncture of Native, Latino, and Anglo experiences in the San Luis Valley.

Saturday, January 8, 2022, 1:30pm
Lecture at Buck Recreational 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 9, 2022, 2pm
Lecture at The Tattered Cover
2526 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
Tattered Cover lecture registration information coming soon.

Sunday, January 9, 2022, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

Dinner Lecture Menu: Chips, guacamole and salsa, Fort signature salad, with damiana vinaigrette dressing; 4oz Buffalo Tenderloin served with four jumbo shrimp, grilled, chef’s vegetables and Fort Potatoes-Dessert- a piece of chile chocolate bourbon cake. Includes house red or white wine, or non-alcoholic colonche prickly pear lemonade.

Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations may be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671 or using the BUY button:

 

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Boom and Bust Colorado: From the 1859 Gold Rush to the 2020 Pandemic

Dr. Tom NoelPresenter:
Dr. Tom Noel

Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel will take you on a quick roller coaster ride through Colorado History. He updates the boom-and-bust history with a look at the recent flush times for craft beers and marijuana. Are those boomers now learning that in Colorado what goes up must go down?

Saturday, January 22, 2022, 4:00pm
Lecture at Lone Tree Hub
8827 Lone Tree Pkwy
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 23, 2022, 2pm
Lecture at The Tattered Cover
2526 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
Tattered Cover lecture registration information coming soon.

Sunday, January 23, 2022, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

Dinner Lecture Menu: Chips, guacamole and salsa, fresh baked breads, Fort signature salad, with damiana vinaigrette dressing; 8oz Buffalo Prime Rib with creamy horseradish sauce, chef’s vegetables and Fort Potatoes-Dessert- “Dusty” sundae-coffee ice cream and Horlicks malted milk powder on top. Includes house red or white wine, or non-alcoholic colonche prickly pear lemonade.

Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations may be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671 or using the BUY button:

 

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South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War

South to Freedom book coverPresenter:
Dr. Alice Baumgartner

Alice BaumgartnerThe Underground Railroad to the North promised salvation to many enslaved people before the Civil War. But thousands of people in the south-central United States escaped slavery not by heading north but by crossing the southern border into Mexico, where slavery was abolished in 1837. In the process of exploring the experiences of these freedom seekers, this talk will examine why Mexico abolished slavery and how its increasingly radical antislavery policies fueled the sectional crisis in the United States.

Saturday, February 26, 2022, 1:30pm
Lecture at Buck Recreational 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, February 27, 2022, 2pm
Lecture at The Tattered Cover
2526 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
Tattered Cover lecture registration information coming soon.

Sunday, February 27, 2022, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

Dinner Lecture Menu: Chips, guacamole and salsa, fresh baked breads, Fort signature salad, with damiana vinaigrette dressing; 4oz Buffalo Tenderloin served with one teriyaki quail, and one elk medallion, chef’s vegetables and Fort Potatoes-Dessert- Negrita chocolate ganache served in an edible tulip cup. Includes house red or white wine, or non-alcoholic colonche prickly pear lemonade.

Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations may be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671 or using the BUY button:

 

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The History of La Cofradia de Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno: Penitentes of Colonial and Modern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

Presenter:
Dr. Charlie Carrillo

Charlie will also discuss the traditions, rituals, and superstitions of the La Cofradia.

Saturday, March 5, 2022, 4:00pm
Lecture at 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, March 6, 2022, 2pm
Lecture at The Tattered Cover
2526 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
Tattered Cover lecture registration information coming soon.

Sunday, March 6, 2022, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

Dinner Lecture Menu: Chips, guacamole and salsa, fresh baked breads, Fort signature salad, with damiana vinaigrette dressing; 5oz Buffalo Sirloin served with four grilled jumbo shrimp, chef’s vegetables and buttery mashed potatoes with Dixon Red Chile gravy. Dessert – Negrita chocolate ganache served in an edible tulip cup. Includes house red or white wine, or non-alcoholic colonche prickly pear lemonade.

Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations may be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671 or using the BUY button:

 

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“If you had fought bravely, I would have sung for you.” Changing Roles of Cheyenne Women During the 18th Century Plains Warfare

Dr. David BeyreisPresenter:
Dr. David Beyreis

Women are too often overlooked in the study of the Native peoples inhabiting the Great Plains. Stories of equestrian warriors fill historical narratives and fire popular memory. Despite these male-dominated narratives, Cheyenne women played instrumental roles in advancing their people’s fortunes in the region. Their work gained them status and respect in the camp circle. They used female kinship networks to increase their family’s power. Their songs and gossip spurred Cheyenne men to bravery in battle. Women also rode into the fray, counted coup, and won war honors. Cheyenne wives and mothers also acted as diplomats, bringing peace to the region. Hardly marginal figures, women were essential to the establishment of Cheyenne primacy on the Great Plains.

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 4:00pm
Lecture at 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, March 20, 2022, 2pm
Lecture at The Tattered Cover
2526 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
Tattered Cover lecture registration information coming soon.

Sunday, March 20, 2022, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

Dinner Lecture Menu: Chips, guacamole and salsa, fresh baked breads, Fort signature salad, with damiana vinaigrette dressing; 2 Buffalo BBQ Ribs served with chef’s vegetables and Fort buttery mashed potatoes and Dixon Red Chile gravy. Dessert – a Piece of chile chocolate bourbon cake. Includes house red or white wine, or non-alcoholic colonche prickly pear lemonade.

Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations may be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671 or using the BUY button:

 

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New Mexico: The French Presence since the 1500s
With special focus on Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado

Francois-Marie PatorniPresenter:
Francois-Marie Patorni

The history of the French, French Canadians, and of other French-speaking people in New Mexico covers the last 400 years and all areas of New Mexico and the southwest. Over time, Santa Fe emerged as a communication hub, with three main trails converging upon the city: the Santa Fe Trail, heading north to Colorado and east to Missouri; to the north-west, the Old Spanish Trail, ultimately extending to California; and the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, reaching south to Mexico City.

Through stories woven in the flow of time, we will focus on the presence of the French-speaking people in northern New Mexico, southern Colorado, and the Santa Fe Trail. We will meet early explorers, trappers and traders, Catholic priests, military men, entrepreneurs, and others. Because of their large number, we will focus on a few notable or unusual people, and tell lesser-known stories.

Saturday, April 9, 1:30pm
Lecture at Buck Recreational 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 10, 2022, 2pm
Lecture at The Tattered Cover
2526 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
Tattered Cover lecture registration information coming soon.

Sunday, April 10, 2022, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

Dinner Lecture Menu: Chips, guacamole and salsa, fresh baked breads, Fort signature salad, with damiana vinaigrette dressing; Two Pan Seared Tender Duck Breasts served with a Cherry Bourbon Shallot Sauce on a bed of Wild Rice Blend tossed with shallots, carrots, garlic, rosemary, damiana, sage, salt, and black pepper, and chef’s vegetables.-Dessert- Negrita chocolate ganache served in an edible tulip cup. Includes house red or white wine, or non-alcoholic colonche prickly pear lemonade.

Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations may be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671 or using the BUY button:

 

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White Thunder, Cheyenne Holy Man

Dee CordryPresenter:
Dee Cordry

George Bent, son of William Bent and his Cheyenne wife, Owl Woman, grew up surrounded by Cheyenne culture and history. In 1910, he wrote the following about his maternal grandfather, White Thunder: “He was not chief, he was the Keeper of the great Sacred Medicine Arrows and was looked up on by Cheyenne tribe as Holy Man. All the Keepers of the Arrows are looked up on same. No-pi-no-no-Mie (White Thunder) was killed by Kiowas in battle in 1838 on Wolf Creek 20 miles above Fort Supply.”

This brief description by George is the basis for this program. We will take a detailed look at the life of White Thunder from about 1830 through 1838 when he died in combat in northwestern Oklahoma. We will also take a quick look at White Thunder’s connection to his descendant, Southern Cheyenne Peace Chief, Harvey Pratt.

Saturday, April 30, 4:00pm
Lecture at 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, May 1, 2022, 2pm
Lecture at The Tattered Cover
2526 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
Tattered Cover lecture registration information coming soon.

Sunday, May 1, 2022, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

Dinner Lecture Menu: Chips, guacamole and salsa, fresh baked breads, Fort signature salad, with damiana vinaigrette dressing; 4oz Buffalo Tenderloin served with one teriyaki quail, chefs vegetables and Fort potatoes-Dessert- Negrita chocolate ganache served in an edible tulip cup. Includes house red or white wine, or non-alcoholic colonche prickly pear lemonade.

Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations may be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671 or using the BUY button:

 

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– Completed Lectures 2021-2022 –

The Global West that Women Made

Dr. David WrobelPresenter:
Dr. David Wrobel

From the age of Manifest Destiny to the turn of the 19th Century, remarkable women such as Ida Pfeiffer, Isabella Bird, and Mary Kingsley, traveled across the American West and all across the globe, from the Rockies to Africa and the Near and Far East, visiting places and peoples undergoing conquest and colonization. Their remarkable travels and observations remind us of the existence of a “Global West.” However, in the early decades of the twentieth century, another group of women automotive pioneers, including Emily Post and Winifred Dixon, traversed the Far West and told a very different story of a distinctive and disappearing American frontier. David Wrobel takes us on these women’s journeys through the lives and landscapes of the past to tell the story of the Global West and the American Frontier that followed, reversing our common assumptions about a distinctively American West.

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 1:30pm
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, October 17, 2021, 2pm
Lecture at History Colorado – Colorado Room
1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Please Register for this lecture here:
History Colorado Member >
History Colorado Non-Member >

Sunday, October 17, 2021, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

Dinner Lecture Menu: Chips, guacamole and salsa, fresh baked breads, Fort signature salad, with damiana vinaigrette dressing; 4-ounce buffalo tenderloin served with a teriyaki quail, chef’s vegetables and Fort Potatoes-Dessert- Negrita chocolate ganache served in an edible tulip cup. Includes house red or white wine, or non-alcoholic colonche prickly pear lemonade.

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The Santa Fe Trail: Two Hundred Years of Songs and Tales

Mark Lee Gardner and Rex RideoutPresenters:
Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout

From 1821 to 1880, the storied Santa Fe Trail was a route of commerce, conquest – and music. With a unique collection of vintage instruments, historians Mark Lee Gardner and Rex Rideout will explore the various forms of entertainment experienced by Trail travelers as derived from diaries, letters, and newspaper accounts. Their program, a tribute
to the route’s bicentennial, will also touch on how the Trail has endured in the popular imagination.

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 4pm
Lecture at The Lone Tree Hub
8827 Lone Tree Pkwy
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 24, 2021, 2pm
The Tattered Cover
2526 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
Tattered Cover lecture registration information coming soon.

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

Dinner Lecture Menu: Chips, guacamole and salsa, fresh baked breads, Fort signature salad, with damiana vinaigrette dressing; 12oz Buffalo Ribeye “Carne Asada” style, served with chef’s vegetables and buttery mashed potatoes with Dixon Red Chile gravy-Dessert-Creamy cheesecake with wild huckleberry drizzle. Includes house red or white wine, or non-alcoholic colonche prickly pear lemonade.

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The Night The Stars Fell

Sally CrumRon HranacPresenters: Ron Hranac and Sally Crum

Former Denver Astronomical Society President, Ron Hranac, will discuss “What is a meteor?” and Colorado children’s author Sally Crum, will present her book, “The Night the Stars Fell,” an imaginative and delightful book of verse that shares the reactions of people all over the world as they watched the 1833 Leonid meteor shower. Thousands of meteors blazed through the night and into the morning of November 12, 1833, one of the most spectacular sights of human history. After dinner, enjoy looking at the stars through 19th century and modern telescopes in the Fort’s Courtyard, courtesy of the Denver Astronomical Society.

Sunday November 14, 2021, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465

Dinner Lecture Menu: Chips, guacamole and salsa, fresh baked breads, Fort signature salad, with damiana vinaigrette dressing; 8oz Buffalo Prime Rib, served with chef’s vegetables and buttery mashed potatoes with Dixon Red Chile gravy-Dessert-Caramel brownie a la mode. Includes house red or white wine, or non-alcoholic colonche prickly pear lemonade.

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