This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most deadly days in labor history -- the Ludlow Massacre. Southern Colorado coal miners went on strike for safer working conditions in September of 1913. It ultimately led to violent conflict between the miners and the companies they worked for. On that day in April a century ago, 21 people died - including women and children.
La Junta, Colorado is about the 30th stop en route to Los Angeles from Chicago on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief. As the Southwest Chief’s rails are aging and expensive repairs are needed, La Junta is at risk of being removed from the train’s historic route.
Downtown La Junta is sprinkled with cafes and small artisan shops. There’s the Otero Museum, which documents the history of the region, and the Koshare Indian Museum, which hosts native dance programs. Bent’s Old Fort is just eight miles from downtown.
John Steinbeck’s classic the Grapes of Wrath turns 75 on Monday. The novel takes place during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, and follows the Joad family as they leave Oklahoma and head to California. Portions of Colorado were also a part of the Dust Bowl, and certainly the state is no stranger to blowing dust.
Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason penned Ludlow, a “novel-in-verse” based on the Ludlow Massacre. The event took place 100 years ago this month and left its mark on Colorado and on labor relations across the country.
Mason, also a Colorado College English Professor, came by the KRCC studios for a conversation that aired live on sister station KGNU in Boulder, and they’ve shared the audio with us. KGNU’s Maeve Conran speaks with Colorado Poet Laureate and Ludlow author David Mason (30 minutes):
We're excited to see that ForeEdge books will publish Manitou Springs-based photographer Brenda Biondo's book, Once Upon a Playground, this May (visit this Blurb book for a preview of her beautiful photography).
Colorado Springs has its own fascinating history with playgrounds--check out this video we produced back in 2010 on Colorado Springs native and artist, Fred Schumm, and his space age creations.
The State Historical Fund, or SHF, has awarded nearly $9 million total in grants for preservation projects all over the state. KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports.
The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, the Fine Arts Center, and the Canon City Carnegie Library are among the southern Colorado structures that recently received funds.
Steve Turner, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, says often the buildings chosen for the grants are among the most loved places in a community. "They also are frequently really the civic heart of a community," Turner said.
Hampton Sides is the author of many acclaimed books including Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, and the forthcoming book In the Kingdom of Ice. Sides will read at Colorado College tonight, October 3, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Gates Common Room in Palmer Hall on the Colorado College Campus as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Professor Steven Hayward of KRCC’s Off Topic spoke with him about his writing.
Palmer High School Student, Graham Gale, came to us with an idea to combine two of her interests - local history & public media - for a school project. Graham visited the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and found the scrapbook of a young woman who lived in the rather different Colorado Springs of 100 years ago.
Fifteen-year-old Graham Gale has spent hours trying to solve the mystery of Mary Kyle, who was born 134 years ago. What she found earned her a new respect for local history and a top grade at Palmer High School for her International Baccalaureate community service project.