Historic Lecture Series 2018-2019

Tesoro Historic Lecture Series
2018/2019

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). Special Offer: Buy all 8 dinner lectures by October 15, 2018 and get one free. Call for details.

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The Utes – Colorado’s Forgotten People

Ernest House Jr.Presenter:
Mr. Ernest House Jr.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 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, November 4, 2018 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library, 5th Floor
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, November 4, 2018 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Buffalo Prime Rib, served with mashed potatoes and a fresh seasonal vegetable, followed by The Fort’s famous Negrita for dessert.

 

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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. 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 11, 2018 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 a fresh seasonal vegetable, followed by a Blonde Brownie for dessert.

 

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Mixed Blood: First Families of the Santa Fe Trail

Bill Gwaltney photoPresenter: Mr. William Gwaltney

While Hollywood entertainment and popular culture tend to depict the border as a place where frontiersmen brought white females as “civilizing influences” to raise families; the history of the early west shows those we remember as “Pioneers” marrying local women and having mixed blood families for reasons of human love, political acceptance, and business convenience, necessitating a substantial change in our view of Colorado’s past.

Western History researcher Bill Gwaltney will reveal the family histories of:

  • The William Bent Family – Anglo/Indian
  • The Charles Bent Family – Anglo/Latino
  • The Kit Carson Family – Anglo/Indian/Latino/Anglo
  • The Samuel Magoffin Family – Anglo/Anglo
  • The Blackfoot John Smith Family – Anglo/Indian, and
  • The John Prowers Family – Anglo/Indian

Saturday, January 5, 2019 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 6, 2019 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library, 5th Floor
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 6, 2019 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Buffalo Ribs and a Teriyaki Marinated Quail, served with mashed potatoes and a fresh seasonal vegetable, followed by Cheesecake for dessert.

 

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Why Charles Bent had to Die (and Oraibi had to be Sacked): Pastoral Conflict in the Nineteenth Century New Mexican Borderlands

Dr. Lance Blyth photoPresenter: Dr. Lance R. Blyth

The killing of Charles Bent in January 1847 by nuevomexicanos and the Navajo attack on the Hopi village of Oraibi sometime in the 1830s are seemingly disconnected events, but actually share a common cause: sheep (sheep pastoralism to be more accurate). By 1800 both Dine and New Mexicans were pastoral societies with the resulting imperatives of land, labor, and livestock. Answering these pastoral demands drove the conflict that would embroil the two until the 1860s. Charles Bent thus had to die and Oraibi had to be sacked to ensure the pastoralism of both nuevomexicanos and Dine.

Saturday, January 19, 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, January 20, 2019 at 4pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library, 5th Floor
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 20, 2019 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: 5 oz. Buffalo Sirloin and Grilled Shrimp, served with Fort potatoes and a fresh seasonal vegetable, followed by a slice of pie a la mode for dessert.

 

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Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture

Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits book coverPresenter: Dr. Chip Colwell

Dr. Chip Colwell photoWho owns the past? Museums that care for the objects of history or the communities whose ancestors made them? Five decades ago, Native American leaders launched a crusade against museums to reclaim their sacred objects and to rebury their kin. This controversy has exploded in recent years as hundreds of tribes have used a landmark federal law to recover their heritage from more than one thousand museums across America. Many still question how to balance the religious freedoms of Native Americans with the academic freedoms of American scientists, and the arguments continue about whether the emptying of museum shelves elevates human rights or destroys humanity’s common heritage. This talk presents a new book, “Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture,” a personal journey that illuminates how repatriation has transformed both American museums and Native communities. This story reveals why repatriation law has become an imperfect but necessary tool to resolve the collision of worldviews between scientists and Native Americans — to decide the nature of the sacred and the destiny of souls.

Saturday, March 9, 2019 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 10, 2019 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library, 5th Floor
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 10, 2019 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Buffalo Prime Rib, served with mashed potatoes and a fresh seasonal vegetable, followed by Crème Brulee for dessert.

 

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Cochin: Pork on the French Frontier

Presenter: Dr. Ryan Brasseaux

Saturday, March 23, 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, March 24, 2019 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library, 5th Floor
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 24, 2019 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: Jackalope and Buffalo Sausages, served with green chile mac and cheese and a fresh seasonal vegetable, followed by Chocolate Chile Bourbon Cake for dessert.

 

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Angelique’s World: Marriage, Family, and the Fur Trade in Old Detroit

Karen Marrero photoPresenter: Dr. Karen Marrero, Wayne State University

In the eighteenth century, women of New France’s fur trade had considerable influence that was unique in its time and place. These women were married to, born of, or siblings of men who were involved in the extensive trade with Indigenous nations that operated between Quebec and the continental interior. One of the women who exemplified this power was Angelique Cuillerier dit Beaubien.  Born at Detroit in 1735, her family had been engaged in the fur trade for three generations and seventy-five years. She spoke several Indigenous languages and had been raised to conduct business from a young age. She married a British merchant and made it possible for him to succeed politically and economically at Detroit. This talk will examine the life of Angelique, the world in which she operated at Detroit, and the multiple roles of women of the fur trade.

Saturday, April 6, 2019 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 7, 2019 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library, 5th Floor
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 7, 2019 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: 4 oz. Lamb Roast and 4 oz. Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Filet, served with couscous and a fresh seasonal vegetable, followed by S’mores for dessert.

 

Dr. Tom NoelColorado’s Best Buildings

Presenter: Dr. Tom Noel

Dr. Tom Noel “Dr. Colorado” will discuss Colorado’s most fascinating structures from Mesa Verde to DIA, focusing on Native American, Hispanic and subsequent developments with a check list of the most amazing structures for your checklist of what to visit. This is based on Tom’s definitive book, published by Oxford Univ. Press and the Society of Architectural Historians, “Buildings of Colorado.”

Saturday, April 27, 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, April 28, 2019 at 2pm
Lecture at Denver Central Library, 5th Floor
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 28, 2019 at 6pm
Dinner Lecture at The Fort
19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80465
Dinner Lecture Menu: A 6 oz Buffalo Filet and one Teriyaki Quail with Fort potatoes and a fresh seasonal vegetable, followed by Cheesecake with Huckleberry Preserves.

 

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