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Broomfield Depot Museum and Broomfield Depot Museum Friends Announce 2019 Speaker Series

Apr 01, 2019 04:08PM

The Broomfield Depot Museum and Broomfield Depot Museum Friends are pleased to announce the 2019 speaker series. The We Are Broomfield speaker series seeks to invite all Broomfield residents and visitors to actively engage in history. Throughout 2019, the speaker series will host multiple programs to help history come alive for all participants. 

On May 2, Dave Lively, a Certified Interpretive Guide, will share “Rocky’s West Side Stories.”He will present stories of the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, connecting the common threads of survival and success over the past 11,000 years. This speedy trip through history explains how the ebb and flow of passing cultures has influenced life today in this unique alpine corner of our nation.

On June 6, Wes Brown, a map collector and expert, will share “Putting Colorado on the Map: the 1859 Gold Rush.”In the spring of 1858, Colorado's Front Range area was uncharted territory, inhabited only by Native Americans. By the end of 1859, over 100,000 fortune seekers had thoroughly explored the Front Range from north of Pueblo to the Wyoming border. 

On July 11, Jeanne Abrams, PhD, will share “Chasing the Cure: Tuberculosis in Early 20thCentury Denver.”More people migrated to Colorado in search of health, rather than wealth. Because of its high altitude and favorable climate, health seekers flocked to the state in the late 19th and early 20th century in hopes of curing tuberculosis, the leading cause of illness and death in America at that time. 

 On August 1, Larry Dorsey, a retired Boulder Valley schools history teacher and railroad enthusiast, will present “In the Footsteps of the Iron Horse: The Influence of Railroads on Colorado.”From territorial days on, railroads played a huge role in the settlement and development of Colorado. Larry Dorsey will take us on a trip back in time to examine how the railroads influenced the growth of towns and industry in our state, including a look at Broomfield. 

On September 5, Broomfield residents Larry Cooper and Al Jeffries will present “Divine Timing: The Creation of the City and County of Broomfield.”Al Jeffries and Larry Cooper served as the co-chairs of the Citizens for Better Local Government Committee, which ran the statewide campaign for the Constitutional Amendment creating Broomfield County in 1998. This presentation takes you through the experiences of forming a committee, having divine timing at the Colorado State Legislature and getting approval for the ballot, all within three weeks. 

We round out our series on October 3with the BackStory Youth Theatre and Broomfield Spellbinders who will enact “Grangers from the Grave.”Enjoy a twist on our speaker series, where storytelling and reenactment are presented by the Broomfield Spellbinders and children from BackStory Theatre. This collaboration brings to life unique stories from Broomfield history and promises an evening of historic, spooky fun.

The Speaker Series talks are held at the historic Crescent Grange located at 7901 W 120th Avenue on the first Thursday of the month (except July) at 7:00 p.m. beginning in May and concluding in October. Programs are free. Donations are encouraged.

The Depot Museum Friends is a 501c3, membership based non-profit organization whose mission is to support the Broomfield Depot Museum through advocacy, fundraising, and public awareness. Visit to become a supporting member or apply to serve on the Broomfield Depot Museum Friends Board.  For more information about the Broomfield Depot Museum, please visit