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.

History Colorado Center, Denver
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)

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