Women in the Ludlow Tent Colony
In recognition of Women’s History Month and the centennial anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre, join the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Curator of Anthropology Karin Larkin for a presentation about the lives of women and children in the Ludlow tent colony.
One of the most moving aspects of the events surrounding the southern Colorado coalfield strike of 1913–14 and the Ludlow Massacre was that they involved families— in particular women and children. Women and children had been an important force in all aspects of Colorado coal-mining life. In fact, they played active roles in the strike efforts. Their presence is seen and felt in historic photographs of the time and in the material culture excavated by the Colorado Coalfield War Archaeology Project (CCWAP) conducted by the University of Denver, SUNY Binghamton, and Fort Lewis College. This talk explores their roles in this important chapter of Colorado and U.S. history.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
KARIN LARKIN, PhD, is Curator in the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Dr. Larkin received her PhD in Anthropology and Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. She acted as the second project director of the Colorado Coalfield War Archaeological Project at the University of Denver funded through the State Historic Fund. In 2009, she co-edited the book The Archaeology of Class War with Dr. Randall McGuire, SUNY Binghamton published by the University Press of Colorado. Her interests include prehistoric archaeology of the Southwest, the Colorado Coalfield War Archaeology Project and museum studies.
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