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Pearl Harbor and after in Colorado

Over 100,000 Japanese-Americans were interned at camps by the government of the United States after the country entered World War II. One of those camps was in Colorado.On the morning of December 7, 1941, the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was bombed by forces of the Navy of the Japanese Empire. It was…

150th Anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre

This Saturday will mark the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.This Saturday will mark the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. On  November 29, 1864, early in the morning, nearly 700 soldiers attacked a camp of Cheyenne and Arapaho people living near Fort Lyon. The camp had been flying an American flag under…

A Jewel in Colorado’s Crown: Rocky Mountain National Park

On January 26, 1915, Woodrow Wilson signed the bill that formally created Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park, Colorado, officially recognizing the over 400 square mile site as the grand destination humanity had known it to be for thousands of years. A trip to Rocky Mountain National Park is a visit to the forest,…

America’s Interstate Highways

Summertime in America means vacation from school and the opportunities for families across the country to vacation together. Many families load up their car and take it on the road for those vacations – in 2009, American tourism spending on gasoline was over $48 billion* – and odds are good that those road trips will…

A brief history of the Flag of the United States

Symbols are shorthand; the simpler the better. If, as the saying goes, a picture is supposed to be worth a thousand words, the flag of the United States does a little bit better than the saying, as the Declaration of Independence clocks in at around 1,337 words. The flag’s influence goes beyond that, though, for…

Independence Day and the national anthem.

On this Independence Day weekend, celebrating citizens around the country will find themselves hearing, or even joining in singing, ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Did you know, though, that America didn’t even have a national anthem for over 100 years? Even though Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics after the British navy bombarded Fort McHenry during the…

Colorado & its parks

Among the efforts of the federal government to pull the United States out of the Great Depression was the establishment of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which grew to be one of the best known and most beloved New Deal programs. National and state parks received much hands-on attention from the millions of men employed by…

Where were you the day JFK died?

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“Flashbulb Memories are memories for the circumstances in which one first learned of a very surprising and consequential (or emotionally arousing) event. Hearing the news that President John Kennedy had been shot is the prototype case. Almost everyone can remember, with an almost perceptual clarity, where he was when he heard, what he was doing…

Money (a brief overview)

One concern that’s universal across all nations in all time periods: money. Not just how to collect it and how to spend it, but what it will be, how it’ll look, even what it’s called. The United States has no immunity from this concern; indeed, interest in the properties and presentation of money has had…

Open Access to DOE-Sponsored Research

  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has announced in their recent OSTI.gov Newsletter major steps for providing open access to scholarly publications funded by the agency.  Acting swiftly on the memorandum to agencies from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued in February of…