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Denver Public Library and Craig Bergsgaard Studios present: Lessons Learned at Bloody Sand Creek

An oil painting that depicts the Sand Creek Massacre (Colorado)

 Free panel discussion on one of the most infamous chapters in Colorado history: Sunday, April 17 @ 2 PM

Of all the atrocities perpetrated on the Native American people during the Westward expansion, Colorado was home to one of the worst: The Sand Creek Massacre.

On November 29, 1864, on the banks of the Sand Creek in southeastern Colorado, a 700-man militia raided a peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho settlement, slaughtering and mutilating the inhabitants—most of whom were women, children, and elders. 

For 146 years, people have been trying to understand why and how seemingly civilized people could perpetrate such a grisly act.

An expert panel at the Denver Public Library will explore this horrific incident in a new way. Rather than point fingers at those who came before, we ask: What did Colorado learn from the Sand Creek tragedy and what lessons have we missed? 

Event Details

When:  Sunday, April 17, 2011; 2:00 – 4:45 PM

Where: Denver Public Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy, Denver, CO; B2 Conference Center

Cost: FREE, complements of sponsor Craig Bergsgaard

Panelists: The panelists include experts from many disciplines ranging from military history to politics: 

  •  Rose Fredrick, APAA, Curator and Art Consultant
  •  Col Ronald G. Machoian, PhD, Director of International Programs and Assistant Professor of Military & Strategic Studies, US Air Force Academy
  •  Glenn Morris, JD, Director, Fourth World Center for the Study of Indigenous Law and Politics at CU-Denver
  •  Tom Noel, PhD (“Dr. Colorado”), Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado Studies at University of Colorado Denver
  •  George E. “Tink” Tinker, PhD, Clifford Baldridge Professor of American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions, Iliff School of Theology

Moderator of the panel will be J. Wendel Cox, PhD, Senior Special Collection Librarian, Western History and Genealogy.

Lessons Learned at Bloody Sand Creek is sponsored by Windsor, Colorado sculptor Craig Bergsgaard. His 2010 bronze, Memorare Sand Creek 1864 was the impetus for the panel event. 

Visit craigsbergsgaard.com for more info about the panelists