Historic Lecture Series

Tesoro Historic Lecture Series
2020/2021

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.

History Colorado LogoDinner Lecture Tickets: $68 for Non-Members, $60 for Tesoro Members.

Special Offer: Buy all 9 dinner lectures by October 16, 2020 and get one free. $480 for members, $544 for non-members.

Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations must be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671.

Dinner Lectures are held at The Fort, 19192 Highway 8, Morrison, Colorado – in Southwest Denver “Red Rocks Country”
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Our 2020/2021 Historic Lecture Series:

The Night The Stars Fell

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

On November 27, 1833, thousands of meteors showered the sky of North America. It appeared as though the stars were falling out of the heavens, and the spectacular event was recorded in newspapers, artwork, and Lakota winter counts. Join Ms. Bethany Williams and Dr. Steve Lee as they describe and celebrate this natural phenomenon (today known as the Leonid Meteor Shower) from scientific and cultural perspectives. 

Saturday, November 14, 2020, 2pm
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, November 15, 2020, 2pm 
History Colorado
1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
Please Register for this lecture here:
History Colorado Member >
History Colorado Non-Member >

Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort 
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Guacamole and chips, appetizer. Fort mixed green salad with pickled ginger, toasted pepitas, jicama and homemade damiana salad dressing served with homemade pumpkin walnut muffins, and French bread. Main course: 6 ounce Buffalo Tenderloin with herb butter, served with a Grilled Teriyaki Quail, leek mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. Dessert:Crème brulee. Included: CK Mondavi white and house red wine served during lecture and during dinner.
Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations must be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671.

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January Moon: The Northern Cheyenne Breakout from Fort Robinson, 1878-1879

Jerome GreenePresenter:
Mr. Jerome Greene

In the wake of the Great Sioux War of 1876-1877, the United States Government expelled most Northern Cheyenne Indians from their northern homeland to Indian Territory, in present-day Oklahoma. Following mounting hardships, many of those people, under Chief’s Dull Knife and Little Wolf, broke away, seeking to return north. While Little Wolf’s band managed initially to elude pursuing U.S. troops, Dull Knife’s people were captured in 1878 and ushered into a makeshift barrack prison at Camp (later Fort) Robinson, Nebraska, where they spent months waiting for government officials to decide their fate.

On the night of January 9, 1879, in a bloody struggle with troops, Dull Knife’s people staged a massive breakout from their barrack prison in a last-ditch bid for freedom. Their escape took place under an unusually brilliant moon that doomed many of those fleeing by silhouetting them against the snow. A climactic engagement at Antelope Creek proved especially devastating, and the helpless people were nearly annihilated. The gist of Greene’s presentation will focus on Antelope Creek and will carry the story into the present, describing Northern Cheyenne tribal events commemorating the breakout–all designed to ensure that the injustices of nineteenth-century U.S. government policy will never be forgotten.

Saturday, January 9, 2021, 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 10, 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, January 10, 2021, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Guacamole and chips, appetizer. Fort mixed green salad with pickled ginger, toasted pepitas, jicama and homemade damiana salad dressing served with homemade pumpkin walnut muffins, and French bread. Main Course: 8 ounce cut of Buffalo Prime Rib served with green chile cheese grits, and seasonal vegetable. Dessert: Slice of Chile Chocolate Bourbon Cake. Included: CK Mondavi white and house red wine served during lecture and during dinner.
Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations must be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671.

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Getting Here: From Wheelbarrow McGraw to DIA

Dr. Tom NoelPresenter:
Dr. Tom Noel

Dr. Colorado will take you on a ride in the various contraptions used to get around a state filled with obstacles. From Native American travois and gold rushers in wheel
barrows to automobile addiction and the space age, getting there has been a big
part of our history. See how prairie schooners have evolved to campers, how horses gave way to horseless carriages and how trains lost out to planes.

Saturday, January 23, 2021, 2pm
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 24, 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, January 24, 2021, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Guacamole and chips, appetizer. Fort mixed green salad with pickled ginger, toasted pepitas, jicama and homemade damiana salad dressing served with homemade pumpkin walnut muffins, and French bread. Main Course: Buffalo Sirloin Steak cooked in herbs and butter, served with leek mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a side of New Mexican Dixon Red Chile. Dessert: Bobbie Chaim’s Cheesecake drizzled with Montana Wild Huckleberry sauce. Included: CK Mondavi white and house red wine served during lecture and during dinner.
Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations must be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671.

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The Three-Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West

Megan Kate NelsonPresenter:
Dr. Megan Kate Nelson

In the summer of 1861, Confederate troops invaded New Mexico from Texas, hoping to conquer that territory and then launch a campaign to win the entire West. Megan Kate Nelson explains why and how the West—including Colorado—became an important theater of the Civil War and introduces several of its participants: men and women, Union soldiers and Confederate Texans, Navajos and Apaches, and New Mexico civilians. Their experiences illuminate a little-known chapter in Civil War and U.S. Western history.

Saturday, March 6, 2021, 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, March 7, 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, March 7, 2021, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Guacamole and chips, appetizer. Fort mixed green salad with pickled ginger, toasted pepitas, jicama and homemade damiana salad dressing served with homemade pumpkin walnut muffins, and French bread. Main Course: “Mountains Meets the Sea” Grilled Shrimp and 5 ounce Buffalo Sirloin Steak, served with leek mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Dessert: Spicy Apple Sweet Brown Bread with Rum Caramel sauce. Included: CK Mondavi white and house red wine served during lecture and during dinner.
Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations must be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671.

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Blood in the Borderlands: Conflict, Kinship, and the Bent Family, 1821-1920

Dr. David BeyreisPresenter:
Dr. David Beyreis

The Bent family was an integral player in some of the most important events shaping the Great Plains and Southwest Borderlands during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Understanding the significance of marriage and family formation is the key to understanding the successes of the Bents and their relatives, as well as the challenges they faced during these tumultuous decades. The kinship ties they forged in Colorado, New Mexico, Missouri, and Indian Territory simultaneously empowered and endangered the Bents. Although they suffered tremendously, the family proved resilient and adaptable in the face of long odds.

Saturday, March 20, 2021, 2pm
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 21, 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, March 21, 2021, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Guacamole and chips, appetizer. Fort mixed green salad with pickled ginger, toasted pepitas, jicama and homemade damiana salad dressing served with homemade pumpkin walnut muffins, and French bread. Main Course: 2 LARGE BBQ Buffalo Ribs, served with Green chile cheese grits, served with seasonal vegetables. Dessert: Warm Caramel Brownie served a la mode. Included: CK Mondavi white and house red wine served during lecture and during dinner.
Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations must be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671.

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Western Art, Western History: A Field for Historical Art

Presenter:
Dr. Ron Tyler

In “Western Art, Western History,” Ron Tyler considers eight nineteenth-century artists who painted and published images of the American West and illustrates how their perceptions changed from early attempts at gathering facts to ultimately searching for a larger, universal truth.

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 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 11, 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, April 11, 2021, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Guacamole and chips, appetizer. Fort mixed green salad with pickled ginger, toasted pepitas, jicama and homemade damiana salad dressing served with homemade pumpkin walnut muffins, and French bread. Main Course: 8 ounce cut of Buffalo Prime Rib served with leek mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, with a side of New Mexican Dixon red chile and a creamy horseradish sauce. Dessert: Slice of Mexican Chocolate MUD PIE with an Oreo crust, dried cherries soaked in brandy, and sprinkled with Enstrom’s toffee. Included: CK Mondavi white and house red wine served during lecture and during dinner.
Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations must be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671.

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The Global West that Women Made

Dr. David WrobelPresenter:
Dr. David Wrobel

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Saturday, April 24, 2021, 2pm
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 25, 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, April 25, 2021, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Guacamole and chips, appetizer. Fort mixed green salad with pickled ginger, toasted pepitas, jicama and homemade damiana salad dressing served with homemade pumpkin walnut muffins, and French bread. Main Course: 6 ounces of Buffalo Tenderloin cooked in butter and herbs, served with a teriyaki quail, leek mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and Dixon Red Chile Gravy. Dessert: Spicy Apple Sweet Brown Bread with Rum Caramel sauce. Included: CK Mondavi white and house red wine served during lecture and during dinner.
Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations must be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671.

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El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America

El Norte book coverPresenter:
Dr. Carrie Gibson

Carrie GibsonWhat do we mean when we talk about “Hispanic history” in the US? Juan de Oñate’s arrival in New Mexico in 1598, or the Pueblo Revolt in 1680? Colonization or resistance? Or both? Over the past few years, there has been a growing public debate about what is – or should be – publicly commemorated and what has been left out of the official version of the nation’s story. Such questions are at the heart of El Norte and this lecture will consider where the Hispanic past sits in the larger public memory of the United States, and how it has been celebrated – or not – in more recent times.

Saturday, May 1, 2021, 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, May 2, 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, May 2, 2021, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Guacamole and chips, appetizer. Fort mixed green salad with pickled ginger, toasted pepitas, jicama and homemade damiana salad dressing served with homemade pumpkin walnut muffins, and French bread. Main Course: Mild Green Chile Gonzales STYLE Buffalo Sirloin Steak, served with green chile cheese grits, and seasonal vegetable. Dessert: Crème Brulee. Included: CK Mondavi white and house red wine served during lecture and during dinner.
Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations must be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671.

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Western Slope History is Colorado History

Duane VandenbuschePresenter:
State Historian, Duane Vandenbusche

Description: Coming soon…

Saturday, May 15, 2021, 2pm
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, May 16, 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, May 16, 2021, 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Guacamole and chips, appetizer. Fort mixed green salad with pickled ginger, toasted pepitas, jicama and homemade damiana salad dressing served with homemade pumpkin walnut muffins, and French bread. Main Course: “Mountains Meets the Sea” Grilled Shrimp and 5 ounce Buffalo Sirloin Steak, served with leek mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Dessert: Slice of Bobbie Chaim’s Cheesecake drizzled with wild Montana huckleberry sauce. Included: CK Mondavi white and house red wine served during lecture and during dinner.
Dinner Lecture Ticket Purchase and Reservations must be made by calling Tesoro Cultural Center at 303-839-1671.

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