Maggies Minute: A Colorado Humanities Update April 26

 

Celebrate with us!

After an incredibly busy first quarter, we've suddenly jumped to Spring 2012! March's lambs and lions have already gamboled and roared through the land where the columbines grow, and now April, too, is moving rapidly toward summer, having jumped the gun on a good many of May's spring flowers. At this rate, we could be looking at corn knee high on the 4th of June.

Speaking of June, we've announced the finalists for the 2012 Colorado Book Awards, which we'll celebrate on Friday, June 22, beginning at 1 p.m. at Aspen Meadow's Doerr-Hosier Center in Aspen. This is always a wonderful event, and a lovely time for a trip to the mountains. We'll have wine, hors d'oeuvres, applause, presentations and a book-signing for Colorado Book Award finalists, winners and Aspen Summer Words presenters. If you plan on making the trip, take advantage of a great savings and buy your tickets in advance for $10 (as opposed to $20 at the door).

Speaking of May, National History Day in Colorado, an academic program at the University of Colorado is Saturday, May 5. National History Day in Colorado is affiliated with National History Day, which received the 2011 National Humanities Medal from President Obama. The curriculum, which is based on a different historical theme each year, meets Colorado state standards in social studies and literacy, and reaches more than 15,000 students in Colorado every year. Middle and high school students learn about history, research methods and source analysis while they compete.

Our 10th annual Student Literary Awards will be held at Denver Public Library on Thursday, May 10, beginning at 2 p.m. Join us! Winners of our annual Letters About Literature and River of Words student competitions-young artists, poets and writers from age five to 19-will gather with their families, teachers and other education professionals and dignitaries to delight in their achievement, receive their awards, accolades, and, of course, refreshments. We've published their winning works in full-color, perfect-bound anthologies, and will present each winning student and their schools with copies.

The Spring 2012 season for our dinner series, D.I.N.E. (Dinner, Ideas 'N Exchange), wraps up on Friday, May 18, with a special treat: a private, guided tour of the new History Colorado Center and a talk (titled "BACKSTORY: Behind the Scenes at the History Colorado Center") by our tour guide, State Historian Bill Convery. After the tour, we'll have another fantastic dinner at Le Central just a few doors down from the Center. Still just $35! Reservations are required, though, so make them soon. Call us at 303-894-7951.

We're launching our new membership program! From Enthusiast, Associate and Friend to Partner, Pacesetter and Champion, there's a place for you, your family and your business! To learn more about it, click here for our Become a Member web page, where our various levels and their benefits are listed. (Then it's only a hop and a skip to our Donate Now! page.)

AND, speaking of April, I have another invitation for you! To celebrate our new home in Greenwood Village, we're having a special Open House on Friday, April 27, 4:30-6:30 pm. We'd love to start the weekend with a glass of cheer, hors d'oeuvres and great conversation with you, our friends and colleagues. We're located at 7935 E. Prentice Ave., Suite 450.

Hope to see you soon!

Maggie Coval, Executive Director