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A Parisian Influence on Denver According to Tom Noel

Oct. 13, 2021

A number of different factors created Denver’s diagonal streets. The orientation of natural features like the Platte River and Cherry Creek, for example, gave downtown Denver and Auraria their 45-degree angles. The influence of the City Beautiful movement, which focused on grand civic centers and parks, prompted the creation of...

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Dr. Colorado Tom Noel on the History of the Klu Klux Klan in Colorado

June 17, 2021

Early in Denver’s history, working-class neighborhoods tended to have higher KKK membership rates because those people were more likely to live near or work with immigrants, Jews, Catholics and Blacks, said Tom Noel, Professor of History, during a discussion hosted by History Colorado. The KKK ruled Denver a century ago...

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New Book on the Post Office in History and Society from Cameron Blevins

April 15, 2021

Paper Trails: The US Post and the Making of the American West , a new book from History Associate Professor CTT Cameron Blevins, was published April 1 st . In this cutting-edge interpretation of the late nineteenth-century United States, Cameron Blevins argues that the US Post wove together two of...

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Cameron Blevins Profiled on the Importance of the US Post Office

March 18, 2021

In 2020, the U.S. Postal Service handled more than 129 billion pieces of mail. Though that number is 78 billion less than it was in 2000, mail and package delivery has taken on new significance during the pandemic. Add controversies over its funding and an election that turned on millions...

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Tom Noel on the I-70 Expansion

Feb. 16, 2021

History Professor Emeritus Tom Noel, called Dr. Colorado, said he has mixed feelings about the expanded interstate with its promises of parks, soccer fields and tree-lined streets. “There are improvements and there will be more room on the highway,” he said. “How it looks many years from now I’m not...

Migration, Borders, and Colonial Legacies: Roundtable Discussion with Pamela Kerpius, Hubert Sauper, and Ryan Crewe, Feb 11

Jan. 21, 2021

12:30 - 1:45 pm Pamela Kerpius is the founder of Migrants of the Mediterranean, a Humanitarian Storytelling organization devoted to the people who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea from their countries of origin to Italy and beyond. A graduate of History at CU Denver, Kerpius combines journalism, humanitarianism, and...

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1893 Was the Biggest Election in Colorado History According to Rebecca Hunt

Oct. 28, 2020

“Colorado became one of the first states to grant women franchise, which nearly doubled our electorate. We were pretty progressive even way back then: A provision in the 1876 state constitution had already given women the right to vote in school board elections. The only downside of the 1893 referendum...

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Greg Whitesides on the Legacy of the Montreal Protocol

Aug. 19, 2020

HIstory Assistant Professor Greg Whitesides wrote this piece on the Montreal Protocol, “The Little Treaty That Could.” He writes, “Emissions of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other ozone-depleting substances could have destroyed two-thirds of the stratospheric ozone layer by 2065. Today, however, scientists believe the near-total ban on the production of these...

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Tom Noel Weighs in on Snow Impacts in Denver

Feb. 18, 2020

"I think people are getting more cautious," Tom Noel, History Professor and Dr. Colorado. "I think a lot of newcomers here aren’t used to the snow," Dr. Noel said. "So for them, it’s a big deal." An estimated 2,932,415 people now call greater Denver home. According to the Denver Regional...

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Gabriel Finkelstein champions the memory of Emil du Bois-Reymond

Nov. 20, 2019

Gabriel Finkelstein, Associate Professor of History, recently published an essay commissioned by The MIT Press to commemorate the 201st birthday of Emil du Bois-Reymond, who proclaimed the mystery of consciousness, championed the theory of natural selection, and revolutionized the study of the nervous system. Today he is all but forgotten...