Dr. Patty Limerick, Colorado State Historian and founder and Chair of the Board of University of Colorado’s Center of the American West, will present the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series Lecture “A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, at the Buena Vista Community Center. The lecture is free to the public and refreshments will be served. The Community Center is located at 715 E. Main Street, Buena Vista.
According to Dr. Limerick, “water is too important to fight over; it is for cooperating, negotiating, and sharing.” She examines the growth and development of the Denver Water Department within its historical context, revealing the relationships among cities, suburbs, and rural areas. She explores the unexpectedly fascinating roles of engineers, government bureaucracies, contention, negotiation, and litigation in the control of the West’s water. Her book, A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water, was published in 2012.
Dr. Limerick has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the general public and to demonstrating the benefits of applying historical perspective to contemporary dilemmas and conflicts. She was born and raised in Banning, California, and graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale. In 1984, Dr. Limerick moved to Boulder to join the History Department of the University of Colorado, where she is now Professor of History. In addition to A Ditch in Time, Limerick’s books include Desert Passages: Encounters with American Deserts (University of New Mexico, 1985), followed in 1987 by her best- known work, The Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West (W. W. Norton), an overview and reinterpretation of Western American history that has stirred up a great deal of both academic and public debate. In January 2016 she was appointed to the National Endowment for the Humanities advisory board, the National Council on the Humanities. She is currently the President of the Organization of American Historians.
Please join us for this enlightening, free lecture. The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series, in its 15th year, is a free lecture series with presentations in Leadville, Buena Vista, and Salida. For more information about the CPFS, visit www.collegiatepeaksforum.org.