Maria Hinojosa: America’s Story

A Community Conversation with Award-winning Journalist Maria Hinojosa

Monday, September 22, 2014

DEN-CC_Maria-Hinojosa1For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has covered America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. In this Community Conversation – the opening event for the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit at History Colorado Center – Hinojosa will draw from her work as a journalist to explore issues of race and identity, and how individual experiences define our nation’s “race” story.

Presented by Facing History and Ourselves and The Allstate Foundation in partnership with History Colorado and the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit.

FWD Series

This six month program will begin by exploring the history and science of race, and end by looking at immigration today and the changing demographics of our state. What does Colorado look like in 2015? What does race and identity mean for our future?

Part One: What Does The Science Say?
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Though there is no biological difference between races of people, race as a concept is very real. We’ll explore the origins of race and how it has changed over time.
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Part Two: Economics of RACE/ The Health of RACE (Racial Disparities)
Tuesday, November 11th 2014
This panel will include guests from the banking, health, and housing sectors. We will discuss redlining, urban and rural development, and access to bank loans, mortgages, as well as healthcare.
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Part Three: Doors Open, Doors Closed: Can We Laugh, Dance, Write Poetry, and Sing about RACE?
Tuesday, December 9th 2014
This panel will introduce audiences to the concept of privilege, and examine the ways in which race shapes everyone’s lives. How do race and privilege impact our lives in often invisible world of the arts? How can we feel empowered to contribute to positive social change?
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Lecture Series

Wartime Japanese Confinement in the United States, Canada, and Mexico
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Dr. Greg Robinson, University of Quebec at Montreal

The mass removal and confinement of West Coast Japanese Americans during World War II, commonly called the Japanese internment, has been called America’s worst official civil rights violation in modern times. What is less known, however, is that these events occurred alongside the Canadian government’s wartime confinement of 22,000 citizens and residents of Japanese ancestry from British Columbia; the expulsion of 5,000 ethnic Japanese from Mexico’s Pacific Coast, and of the incarceration of 2,200 Japanese Latin Americans kidnapped from their home countries and interned in the United States. Studying Japanese American confinement within a continental—indeed international—pattern permits us greater perspective on its nature, and the results for its victims.

A Conversation with Frederick Douglass
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Charles Everett Pace

Charles Everett Pace illuminates the life and times of Frederick Douglass in a vivid scholarly performance, explores African American history and culture, and embraces the concept of a useable past.

Frederick Douglass escapes Southern slavery, forges an alliance with Northern abolitionist, writes a narrative of his life and times, and after a two year tour of the British Isles, returns to the United States. But when his abolitionist colleagues attempt to curtail his growing political independence, Douglass is forced to confront racial prejudice in an entirely unexpected locale—among his abolitionist friends themselves.

Through force of conviction, eloquence of language and the liberating power of thought, this antislavery leader and growing “women’s rights man”, emerges triumphant, not only in his quest for personal and professional dignity, but in general assault against the slavery system itself.

His antislavery efforts were most successful in his personal and political relationship with President Abraham Lincoln, including his recruitment efforts with the Massachusetts 54th and 55th Regiments.

Film Screenings

I’m Not Racist…Am I?

Monday, October 20th, 2014,  6 – 9pm

I’m Not Racist…Am I? is a feature documentary following a diverse group of teens through a yearlong exploration to get at the heart of racism. Through some tense and painful moments, we see how these difficult conversations affect their relationships with friends and parents, and ultimately challenge them to look deep within themselves. By the end of their time together, we’ll see these remarkable young people develop deeper bonds, a stronger resolve and a bigger, more significant definition of racism than any of us ever imagined.

Join History Colorado for a screening of the movie along with a facilitated discussion by the director Catherine Wigginton Greene. Tickets can be ordered by clicking here.

Find out more about the film and watch the trailer at



This May Be The Last Time

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
History Colorado Center 1200 Broadway

The 11th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival and History Colorado Center present a screening of This May Be The Last Time, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Sterlin Harjo (Seminole/Creek).

This May Be The Last Time (Espoketis Omes Kerreskos), by Director Sterlin Harjo, presents a history of the ceremonial music of the Creek Nation, as he traces the mysterious death of his grandfather in 1962 and the role Creek song played in his family’s history of grief. Through interviews with fellow tribal members and elders who took part in the search for his grandfather, Harjo discovers how the hymns were also influenced by musical traditions from Scottish and Appalachian cultures and African American slave communities across the southeast, following a musical thread that dates back to the Trail of Tears. The film takes us back to a time when the boundaries between cultures were more porous, shows us the key role the hymns have played in maintaining strong families and community resilience, and the fragility of their continued existence. “Creek hymns aren’t just historically important,” says Harjo, “they are intrinsic to our culture. In times of tragedy and hardship, we often turn to hymns as a way of seeking emotional and spiritual support.” (This Land Filmsand Bond/360, 2013, 93 min.).

The 11th Annual Indigenous Film & Arts Festival is presented by the International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management.

Colorful Colorado

Cold War Colorado: Liberals, Anti-Communists & Colorado Civil Rights, 1950-1959
Monday, October 13th, 2014, 12pm
More than a decade before the U.S. Congress approved the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Colorado legislature approved a startling package of civil rights legislation, including the first law in the nation to ban discrimination in the sale of private and public housing. What and who moved the state’s lawmakers to take such a stand during the complacent 1950s? Hold on to your hat as historian, local media pundit, and former civil rights attorney Dani Newsum tracks the local, national, and international origins of Colorado’s Cold War civil rights decade. Along the way, you’ll find liberal stalwarts like the Mountain States AntiDefamation League, Denver Unity Council, and Urban League of Denver, as well as legendary Denver Post editor Palmer Hoyt, his good buddy President Dwight Eisenhower, Radio Free Europe, and the Soviet Union!

Eugene Standing Bear Collection
Monday, November 24th, 2014, 12pm
In conjunction with the exhibit RACE: Are We So Different?, a select number of drawings from the History Colorado Eugene Standingbear collection will be on exhibit at the History Colorado Center.

Join Art & Design Curator Alisa Zahller and learn about American Indian artist Eugene Standingbear, the curator’s journey to rediscover him and how Standingbear’s life and art illustrate the impact of race on identity.

Library Programs

Hispanic Photographs in our Collection Atrium Table
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, 12 – 2pm
In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, join our photography curators in History Colorado’s Atrium to view historic photos of Colorado’s Hispanic heritage.

Native American Photography Atrium Table
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 12 – 2pm
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, join our photography curators in History Colorado’s Atrium to view selections from the museum’s rich collections documenting Native American history in Colorado.

Tracing Your African-American or Native American Roots
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, 12 – 3pm
Researching African-American or Native American ancestors can pose some unique challenges to the family historian. Fortunately, there are additional specialized resources that are helpful for locating records on these family members, among them the records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Health Services, the Freedman’s Bureau, census schedules, local history records, and photo collections.

Join Cody White, Archivist at the National Archives at Denver, and Laura Ruttum Senturia, History Colorado’s Library Director, for a program on tracing ancestors in these two communities. We’ll cover advice on structuring your research, and discuss unique collections and records that should help family historians achieve their goals.

Cost: $4 for members, $5 for nonmembers
For more information or to register call 303-866-2394.