Program Grants

The Amache Project Update, Mile-Hi Chapter, Japanese American Citizen's League, $2,000
Funds support digitization of interview, home movies, and photographs of former internees at the Amache U.S. War Relocation Camp in Colorado.

Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives, Aquila Theatre, $7,500
Working with three library systems in Colorado, Aquila Theatre will create and oversee reading groups, discussions, lectures, and theatrical events to encourage people to see, read, and think about classical literature and how it informs and relates to American life.

Between Fences, Buena Vista Heritage, $2,000
In conjunction with the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit "Between Fences", the museum will feature a lecture series, tours, oral history interviews, and writing and video contests for area students.

Celebrating 100 Years of John Otto's Dream (John Otto Days), Colorado National Monument, $1,425
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Colorado National Monument, the life of John Otto, one of the monument's biggest and earliest champions, will be remembered through a Chautauqua-style portrayal, tours, and other activities.

Civil Rights During the Past 50 Years: From James Meredith to Barack Obama (1962 - 2012), University of Colorado Denver, $1,900
A collaboration with Denver Public Schools and other CU campuses to celebrate diversity and teach African-American history through a rotating exhibit and reading group at Blair-Caldwell Library, student participation through service learning, Black Learning Trivia (BLT) games, a speaker series, and involvement with the MARADE in Denver.

CLASSic History, Aspen Historical Society, $4,447
An educational program for Roaring Fork Valley students that integrates the Ute story into the Mining and Ranching history of the region.  The program incorporates Ute native storytellers, hands-on museum field trips and Aspen character portrayals.

Colorado State Capitol Building Historical Documentary Film, Colorado Preservation, Inc. $8,000
Funds support research and pre-production of a 30-minute documentary film on the history of the Colorado State Capitol.

Durango Independent Film Festival Schools Program, Durango Independent Film Festival, $1,362
Over 500 students and their teachers learn to evaluate media messages by screening films and meeting independent filmmakers. The media materials used to support this program are then donated to local schools.

Film and Photography on the Front Range, Pikes Peak Library District, $2,900
A one-day symposium to examine how film and photography have helped shape ideas about Colorado landscapes and our social, cultural, artistic, and economic sectors.

Historic Lecture Series, Tesoro Foundation, $1,650
A series of eight lectures, held in conjunction with a dinner, to expand knowledge of the history and heritage of Colorado and the Southwest and to cultivate appreciation for the diverse cultures in this area.

History Day in Colorado, University of Colorado-Denver, $7,500
Middle and high school students participate in a contest based on an annual historical theme, learning about history, research methods, and source analysis.  The curriculum provided, which meets Colorado state standards in social studies and literacy, reaches over 20,000 students in Colorado every year.

Imaginantes Bilingual Youth Workshop, Poudre River Public Library District, $6,500
A weeklong workshop to engage low-income Latino youth of the Fort Collins. The workshop will present various themes based on the lives of Latino artists and writers, and work sessions to allow small groups of participants to practice what they have learned by writing poetry and scripts, take photos, and tell stories.

The Language of This Land, Western Colorado Writer's Forum and Mesa County Public Libraries, $5,000
A three-day writer's forum will be held in multiple Grand Junction locations, such as the Colorado National Monument, a downtown library, and Mesa State College.  The forum will explore the linguistic origins of the area, especially those of the Native peoples.   Click here to see a video recap of this forum:

On the Same Page "One Book" Project, Louisville Public Library and Lafayette Public Library, $2,000
The communities of Louisville, Lafayette, and Superior will work together to promote literacy, explore regional history, and build community by reading the same book at the same time.  Adults will read The Worst Hard Time by Tim Egan and children will read Moon Over Manifest by Claire Vanderpool.

Mexican Prints from the Calle Collection, University Art Museum, Colorado State University Fort Collins, $1,800
An exhibition titled "The Taller de Graphica Popular and Graphic Commitment" will highlight Mexican printmaking during the first half of the 20th century, especially the work of artists associated with the Taller de Graphica Popular (Workshop for Popular Graphic Art).

Our Courts: Project Statewide 2014, Phase 1, Our Courts, $3,929
This program provides non-partisan information to adult audiences about how the state and federal court systems in Colorado work.  Currently the majority of programming takes place in the Denver metro area.  Phase 1 will establish a committee in Southern Colorado/Four Corners area of the state.

Philip Dray Lecture, Western Museum of Mining and Industry, $1,650
In conjunction with an exhibit on the Cripple Creek Mining Strike of 1903-1904, Philip Dray, the author of several books, including There is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America, will present on unions, their history and take a closer look at Colorado's early labor conflicts.

Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience, Colorado State University Pueblo, $5,000
In early 2012, CSU Pueblo will host a traveling exhibit sponsored by the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Dr. Lawrence Hogan, an author and expert on the history of black baseball, and Kadir Nelson, an illustrator and author, will be featured speakers.

Research Grants

Finding Abbey: A Search for Edward Abbey and his Hidden Grave, Sean Prentiss, $1,000
Researcher will write a book about Edward Abbey, focusing mainly on his time in Colorado.

Josefa Jaramillo, Charlene Garcia Simms, $1,000
Researcher will write about Josefa Jaramillo, the third wife of Kit Carson, in order to bring more attention to the heritage of Hispanic women in Colorado.  Jaramillo will be the subject in the first of a series of booklets about important Hispanic women in the Southwest.

Midwifery and the Law in Colorado, Indra Lusero, $1,000
Researcher is a recent law school graduate who is seeking funds to research and write a law review article about the history of midwifery in Colorado and how midwifery has changed in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Native Americans - Past and Present, Benjamin "Maka" LeDeaux, $750
Researcher is conducting interviews to document the changes from traditional Indian life to the more recent role of the urban Indian.  He is a Native Elder and will create a historical record of the interviews.

2010 Program Grants

Dia de Los Muertos Community Celebration, Pueblo School for Arts and Science Foundation and Pueblo School for Arts and Science (PSAS), $2,700
A multi-day event for students and community members, culminating in a celebration hosted by PSAS students including altar procession, folk dance, traditional music in both Spanish and English, and a reception with traditional foods.

"Between Fences" from Museum on Main Street, Smithsonian Institute, Colorado Territorial Prison Museum Foundation, $2,000
Exhibits in Canon City to accompany the Museum on Main Street display "Between Fences", including an essay contest for students and inmates at Canon City's many prisons, a photo contest, and field trips for students from area schools.

Digitization of Early Longmont Glass Negatives, City of Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, $3,000
Longmont Museum digitized, researched, rehoused, and placed online 500 historically significant glass negatives and held a public lecture about the images.

Enterprise and Innovation in the Pikes Peak Region, Pikes Peak Library District Foundation, $2,500
A one-day symposium examined the ways in which enterprise and innovation have helped shape the region's economic, social, political and cultural landscapes, focusing on commerce, communication, creativity, technology, tourism, transportation and industry.

Facing Justice in the Classroom, Facing History and Ourselves, and Denver Film Society, $1,585
A series of four films, each followed by a discussion period, presented over the course of a school year, exploring challenging events and topics, involving issues of justice, community responsibility, and action. Each screening included a workshop for teachers.

Fort Collins Museum Indian Market, Fort Collins Museum Foundation, $2,500
A two-day event in Old Town Fort Collins featured traditional and non-traditional music, art, and educational activities, including crafts for children, Native American games, artist demonstrations, and educational information about Native American issues and social justice concerns.

Four States Ag Expo, Four States Ag Expo, $2,000
A four-day forum featuring a speaker who addressed the culture of agriculture in our society.

History of Hispanics in Pueblo County, Colorado, Pueblo City-County Library District, $2,000
Using a research paper about the history of Hispanics in Pueblo County written by a humanities scholar, an artist created a mural depicting an accurate history of this ethnic group. The research paper is available for reproduction and cataloged in the library's Special Collections Department.

Once Upon a Time: Spreading the Magic of Fairytales throughout Colorado, The Regents of the University of Colorado, $2,000
The University of Colorado at Boulder digitized its rare fairytale collection to make them available to the public and held a series of public lectures featuring recognized experts in this field. The collection and lectures are published on a web portal, including K-12 lesson plans for tying the fairytales in with literacy and art objectives.

Our Links Make Us Strong: The Improvement of Content and Access to Primary Sources and Historic Preservation Sites in Rural Colorado, University of Colorado Denver, $3,000
This project created a new competition district in the National History Day regional contest for middle/junior high students, based at the Fort Morgan Museum in Fort Morgan, and trained teachers in discussing primary sources and historic preservation.

Poetry Corner the Cortez Public Library, Cortez Public Library, $4,000
A series of once-a-month poetry readings, featuring poets from the cultures of the Four Corners region, including Navajo, Ute, Hopi, and other Native American tribes, Hispanics, and Caucasians. The poets presented workshops, readings, discussions, and facilitated open microphones in the library.

The Smoky Hill Trail: Transportation Corridor of the High Plains, Smoky Hill Trail Association, $900
A 3-day annual conference held in Colorado for the first time in 2010, at the Limon Heritage Museum and Limon Railroad Park. With speakers, panel discussions, and tours, the conference informed the public of the trail's significance in the historical, cultural, and economic development of Colorado's High Plains.

Stories on Stage "Always on Sunday" Series, Stories on Stage, $1,590
Bi-monthly presentation of classic and contemporary literature, read by actors, held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The programs combine literature with theater in order to nurture empathy and understanding.

William Morris: Time Traveler, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, $1,225
Exhibition of William Morris' glass sculpture and lecture by art historian Dr. James Yood, focusing on the thematic elements of Morris' sculptures as they relate to myth, archaeology, nature and the animal.

2010 Research Grants

Behind the Lens of Rocky Mountain Joe: Photography, Tourism, and Tall Tales from Colorado Photographer Joseph Bevier Sturtevent, 1851 - 1910, Researcher, Mona Lambrecht, $1,000
Researcher is studying Rocky Mountain Joe, a Colorado photographer who worked in many parts of Colorado, mainly focusing on his life in Boulder, Denver, and Grand Junction, and how his photographic work and Rocky Mountain Joe persona contributed to the tourism business in Colorado.

Colorado Airport History Preservation Project, Researcher, Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Ph.D.,
Researcher identified existing published history on the public-use airports in Colorado, and organized the research for public access via the Internet.

Trailing Cathay Williams: Her Colorado Days, Researcher, Rebecca Atkinson, $1,000
Researcher is studying Cathay Williams, the only documented female Buffalo Soldier and first woman to serve in the U.S. Army, and aims to produce a scholarly article suitable for publication and a program that can be presented to the public at libraries, museums, and similar venues.

2009 Program Grants

Brothers of the Bear: Stories of Colorado's First People, Crystal River Heritage Association, $5,000
Northern Ute Elder Clifford Duncan visited schools in the Roaring Fork Valley to tell his tribe's stories about animals as teachers.  Stories included age-appropriate introduction of Ute native language, culture, philosophy, history, arts, and apparel, with Duncan wearing tribal regalia.

Colorado Anthology Project, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, $4,000
Convened multiple editorial planning meetings to begin the creation of a Colorado inclusive literary anthology, bringing in editors from all geographic areas of the state.  The grant supported the early stages of a multi-year project that will result in printed volumes and an extensive online database of included material, as well as some excised from the printed anthology.

Grupo Folklorico del Pueblo, Grupo Folklorico del Pueblo, $5,000
Pueblo-based organization conducted classes for all ages in several traditional Latino dance styles and presented performances.  Classes and tickets were offered at a nominal fee for the 3,000+ participants in Southeastern Colorado.  Classes included introduction to cultural context and history of dance forms and associated traditions.

History in Your Home Town: A Collaborative Program Between Colorado History Day and Local Libraries and Museums 2008-2009, Regents of University of Colorado and History Department, Universtiy of Colorado, $3,000
Conducted statewide teacher workshops proctored by local community museum and library staff to improve research skills in non-metro Denver area teachers and librarians participating in Colorado History Day and thereby increase entries by rural students in the state and regional competitions.  Teachers were encouraged to take students to local museums to attend classes on local primary sources and research techniques.

Reorganization of Jefferson County Historical Society Photograph Collection, Jefferson County Historical Society, $1,000
Inventoried, reorganized and cross-referenced extensive historic photograph collection as a necessary task in its own right and as a preliminary to digitization of the collection.

Return of the Corn Mothers: A Celebration of Wise Women of the Southwest, Colorado Folk Arts Council, $5,000
A one-day symposium held on the Auraria Campus featuring multicultural women of all ages who have made significant cultural and social contributions to their Southwestern communities as traditional or folk artists, storytellers, healers, and other cultural roles.  The symposium was inspired by the success of an exhibit of photographs and first-person narrative text exhibited at both the Denver-based Chicano Humanities and Arts Countil and the University of Colorado Natural History Museum.

Rocky Flats Interviews: From Secrecy to Accessibility, Boulder Public Library Foundation, $3,000
The library digitized analog tape and transcribed, archived and cataloged a donation of 25 oral histories, including narration by workers, whistle blowers, scientists, engineers, activists and organizers.  Audio and transcripts are available through the library's website and on the Internet.

2009 Research Grants

The Poetry Show Anthology, Dona Stein, $1,000
Producer of KRFC's "The Poetry Show" sought support for a print anthology of selections from KRFC's archives.  The book included a CD with selected audio recordings of poets reading their work.

2008 Program Grants

Art from Ashes: Phoenix Rising Poetry and Spoken Word Workshops, $6,910, Art From Ashes, Inc. and Denver Children's Home
Four poetry workshop series for Denver Children's Home for adolescents to culminate in public performances and anthologies.

Window to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Legacies, $8,000, Idanha Films, Inc.
Research and script writing for a documentary film about Arapaho and Northern Cheyenne tribal history and culture in Colorado, with Sand Creek Massacre and other sites serving as lens to view current tribal efforts to preserve language and culture.

Denver Union Station Historical Documentary, $10,000, Historic Denver, Inc.
Research and script writing for 30-minute documentary film based on Denver Union State, railroad and civic history during the building's current renovation. Themes include westward migration of European Americans, Denver history (1860-1960), rail and transportation history.

Doctors, Disease, and Dying in the Pikes Peak Region, $2,700, Pikes Peak Library District and Foundation
Symposium presenting lectures and discussions focused on healthcare of pioneers, theories of disease, treatment methods, and social interpretation of death and funereal practices. Biographies of specific physicians include: Justina Ford, Susan Anderson, Boswell P. Anderson, Lester Williams, and Basil Creighton.

Collaboration in the Digital Age Travel Stipends, $3,200, various Colorado museums and libraries
Stipends for staff of Colorado's small and medium-sized libraries and museums to attend national symposium on preserving our nation's heritage collections entitled Collaboration in the Digital Age and hosted by the Denver Public Library and the Colorado Historical Society.

2008 Research Grants

Mt. Harris Through the Eyes of a Coalminer, $1,000, Chuck Mack
Funds used to copyedit text, arrange essays, and gather photos to prepare collection of essays about coal mining in Mt. Harris, for submission to publishers.

Celebrating Libre: Colorado's Most Famous Commune at 40, $1,000, Dr. Hugh Gardner
Interview of Libre commune members past and present for publication in local and national periodicals and the creation of archival photos and video footage that will be offered to Colorado History Society.

Queen of Diamonds: Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and the Wilkins Horse Company, $1,000, Philip A. Homan
Research on the life of Bert Wilkins, Denver resident in the late 1800s, and his sister Kittie, "Horse Queen of Idaho," Wilkins' stay in Denver to conduct business and visit Bert. Research may result in articles on Union Stock Yards as well as biography of Kittie Wilkins.

2007 Program Grants

A Classical Cajun Gumbo $5,000, University of Northern Colorado Foundation
The arranging of original songs and recordings by "Ragin' Cajun" Doug Kershaw scored for a full symphony by the University of Northern Colorado School of Music faculty, culminating in a live performance by the student orchestra and Kersahw's band on April 5, 2008 at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley.

Colorado Preserve America Youth Summit $7,210, Colorado Preservation, Inc.
Seventy-five Colorado students and fifteen teachers to engage in heritage education and historic preservation as they interact with over 1,000 preservationists attending the Saving Places historical preservation conference, February 2008.

Evergreen $10,000, Rifle Rendezvous Festival, Inc.
An annual family festival (since 1995) celebrating western history, with re-enactments of events, Hispanic and other cultural artists presenting music and dance performances, demonstrations, and exhibits. Reenactments will be drills and a living camp of the 10th Calvary Buffalo Soldiers, which includes a presentation on the role and daily life of the early African-American soldier; role, dress, daily life, and horsemanship of the Charros, Mexican cowboys; and living history presentations of Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, and Annie Oakley.

Five Points Jazz Festival "History of Jazz" Lectures $1,000, Denver Office of Cultural Affairs
Lectures during the Five Point Jazz Festival by Dr. Fred Hess, musician and professor of jazz studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver, will focus on the history and musical content of jazz and the significant of jazz in the Five Points neighborhood.