This past spring Rocky Mountain PBS featured a series entitled Colorado Experience that looked at the individuals, places and events that have contributed to the modern state of Colorado. The half-hour episodes – 13 in total – cover a diverse range of histories from the original Ute inhabitants of the land to the story of Justina Ford, the first African-American woman to practice medicine in Colorado, to the creation of Colorado’s state constitution and its role today.
The series is a collaboration between Rocky Mountain PBS and History Colorado, the official historical society for the state. In 2012 the society opened the History Colorado Center in Denver which features a number of hands-on and engaging exhibits along with space for contemporary civic discourse. Described by one official as the “first great history museum of the twenty-first century”, this writer has visited the Center and it is very impressive.
Full episodes from the series can now be viewed online at Colorado Experience. The following clip is a preview of the episode that explored the history of Bent’s Fort, an important trading post and cultural meeting point in south-eastern Colorado. Located along the famous Sante Fe Trail, it operated from 1833 to 1849.
For more information about the series and a list of episodes, visit the link Rocky Mountain PBS.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)