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

Ari KelmanAri KelmanColloquium on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, photograph by Jason S. OrdazAri KelmanColloquium on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 12:00–1:00 pm, photograph by Jason S. Ordaz

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.

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