History Live Durango — Examining a Challenging Past: The KKK in 1920s Bayfield

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The Southwest Colorado Humanities Roundtable has coordinated a month of history, anthropological, and archaeological events in La Plata County this September.

Presented by Pine River Library and the Center of Southwest Studies
Contact: Darcy Poletti, darcy@prlibrary.org, 970.884.2222 ext. 522

In 1920s Bayfield, Pine River Klan No. 69 of the Ku Klux Klan numbered more than 100 members. A century later, the community will gather to examine this chapter of the town’s past. Why should we care? What can we learn from hateful history and how can it help us move forward? A panel discussion will feature experts from Bayfield’s history museum, Fort Lewis College, and the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, which has housed a collection of KKK records and artifacts from Bayfield discovered above an old commercial garage and donated nearly 40 years ago.

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