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Colorado Stories: Interpreting HIstory for Public Audiences at the History Colorado Center

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Title: Colorado Stories: Interpreting HIstory for Public Audiences at the History Colorado Center
Author: Convery, William III
Advisor(s): Scharff, Virginia Joy
Committee Member(s): Hutton, Paul Andrew
Ball, Durwood
West, Elliott
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of History
Subject: American Western History
Public History
Historic Interpretation
History Museums
Jim Crow
Colorado
Japanese Internment
Sand Creek Massacre
Latino Borderlands
LC Subject(s): Historical museums -- Public relations -- Colorado
Hispanic Americans -- Colorado -- History
Sand Creek Massacre, Colo., 1864
Granada Relocation Center -- History
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
African Americans -- Segregation -- Colorado -- History
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: Interpreting cultural conflict at History Colorado’s communities exhibit, Colorado Stories, created a three-way dialogue between scholars, museum audiences, and community stakeholders. Four communities, Amache, Sand Creek, Lincoln Hills, and the Latino borderlands of southern Colorado required particular care. The interpretation for each of these communities was inherently political, requiring careful contextual study, audience research and occasionally bruising negotiations with stakeholders. The formulation of the Colorado Stories exhibit reveals the intersection of history, memory, representation, and the creation of historical narratives for lay audiences. At the same time, they remind historians of the importance of blending scholarship with a willingness to transcend the confines of their craft to in order to translate complex content and deliver satisfactory emotional and intellectual interpretation.
Graduation Date: May 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/20811


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