Railroads played a vital role in the import and export of food in and out of southwest Colorado in the early 1900s. Big Fat Farm Show host Sarah Syverson talks with Lew Mathis of the Galloping Goose Historical Society, and Chuck McAfee, whose family started farming in Montezuma County over 100 years ago, about what food distribution networks looked like in historic times, and the ways that farmers and families survived through difficult times like the Great Depression.
The Cortez Cultural Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an interactive forum for the community's artistic, cultural, and environmental interests. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Donna Stewart, Executive Director at the Cortez Cultural Center, and Lee Bergman, Board President for the Cortez Cultural Center, about what their organization is doing to fulfill their mission in the community.
In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow sits down with long-time Cortez resident Dottie Wayt to talk with her about the history of community radio in Montezuma County, how it helped connect people during emergencies in the 1950s and 60s, and why community radio is still a vital part of the media landscape today.
The Mancos Times is one of the oldest newspapers in Montezuma County and for many years used a rare printing press to produce its papers. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dick Patrick, who ran the Mancos Times in the 1960s and was the last person to operate the Cranston printing press, one of only three like it remaining in the country.
The Mancos Opera House and McElmo Flume present rich opportunities for historic preservation in Montezuma County. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Heather Bailey, Historic Preservation Grants Specialist with History Colorado and the State Historical Fund, about what is happening with these projects as well as an innovative education project called Our Shared Historical Landscapes.
It can be difficult to comprehend how the American Southwest was mapped in the late 18th century, when Spain was still sending expeditions into what was then uncharted territory. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with author John Kessell about how one Spanish Renaissance man left a legacy of cartography, art, and science during his time exploring the 18th century southwest.
HerStory is a performance that celebrates women who made significant contributions to history but are many times unknown to the general public. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Terri Helm and Midge Kirk, and their portrayal of two women who changed the course of history in the early mining days of Rico, Colorado.
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Yucca House is one of the largest archeological sites in southwest Colorado, and acted as an important community center for Ancestral Puebloan people from about A.D. 1150 to 1300. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with local archaeologist and researcher Fred Blackburn about this important prehistoric site, the history of research at the site, and how the site originally know as "Aztec Springs" became "Yucca House".