History Center lecture series starts July 13

       The Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) has released information (summarized below) about the presentations in its Tuesday Nights in July series, July 13, 20 and 27, all starting at 7 p.m.

While Bill Wallbaum (background) played guitar, people enjoyed cool desserts during the Ice Cream Social at the Old Colorado City History Center July 6. The event was a kickoff for the Old Colorado City Historical Society's annual Tuesday Nights in July lecture series at the center, starting July 13.
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       July 13: In “Historic Forts of the West,” retired history teacher/ OCCHS President Phil McDonald will use old and contemporary photographs to discuss the operations of Old Bents Fort, Ft. Garland, Ft. Union, Ft. Craig and Ft. Verde. Included will be a look at individuals involved in the forts, such as Kit Carson, the Bent brothers and Henry H. Sibley.
       July 20: “Nikola Tesla, Lightning & Colorado Springs” is the title of a presentation by local historian Richard Marold. He will portray Tesla, who came to Colorado Springs in 1899 to research electricity.
       July 27: “The KKK in Colorado,” by retired social studies teacher and OCCHS member Paul Shepard; and “Law & Disorder in Old Colorado City, 1859-1917,” by Barbara Barbaro, an OCCHS member, who wrote a book by that title last year. Shepard will address how Colorado was affected after it came under the political control of the Klu Klux Klan in 1923. Also touched on will be the Klan's impact on Colorado Springs and why it was the one city in the state that did not allow the Klan to gain power. Barbaro will discuss the types of cases police worked and the issues officers faced in Colorado City's early days. She will also sign copies of her book.
       For more information, call 636-1225.

Westside Pioneer/press release