A Misplaced Massacre: Sand Creek in History and Memory
Ari Kelman, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of California, Davis
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free
For nearly a century and a half, the Sand Creek Massacre has been at the center of struggles over history and memory in the American West: from the government investigations launched in the massacre's immediate aftermath; to the controversial work of so-called Indian reformers, including Helen Hunt Jackson, writing late in the nineteenth century; to memorials erected in Colorado during the era of the Cold War; to the impact of popular histories, like Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; to the recently opened Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. Ari Kelman, a historian at UC Davis, will discuss the meaning and impact of the longstanding fight to shape and control memories of Sand Creek.