How did the Klan grow so large in the 1920s in Colorado? Why did people that we otherwise might have thought of as fine Coloradans pull on the white robe and hood? How were some people convinced that fiery crosses were a symbol of family values? The answer is strategic marketing built on a foundation of fear.
The Ku Klux Klan was at the top of its game in Colorado as 1924 came to a close. The organization had swept the statewide elections, putting Klansmen into positions of power on the U. S. Senate, the Colorado House and Senate, as governor of the state, as mayor of the state’s capital, and in numerous other positions throughout Colorado. But they were soon to discover that gaining power and keeping power were two very different things.
Simmons “new and improved” version of the Klan got underway in 1915, but it didn’t gain traction until, in 1920, the organization hired a publicity company to help spread its gospel far and wide. What made the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan different than its Reconstruction-era predecessor? For one thing, it was organized.
The Ku Klux Klan has exerted its influence in the United States during three distinct periods of time since its inception in 1865: 1) following the Civil War in response to Reconstruction, 2) following World War II in response to immigration and poor enforcement of Prohibition, and 3) in response to the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s.
The first Larimer County Veterans Memorial was constructed in May 1944. It was located in center island at 100 block of Laporte Avenue, next to North College Avenue.
Q: Why did the scarecrow win an award?
A: Because he was outstanding in his field.
Bud Frick isn’t a scarecrow, but he is certainly outstanding in his field. As an architect, he has played a significant role in the shaping of Fort Collins today.
Doug Ernest has the mind of a librarian and the heart of a historian. He is a careful researcher — methodical, consistent, and thorough. He enjoys sinking deeply into the details and stories of history, collecting the data points and putting them together into a bigger picture that fits wider themes and patterns.
Knowing who we are and where we came from is an important way to help people find commonalities that enable us to then move forward together. It gives us a common history that builds connection and understanding.
By removing the ginormous evergreen tree, the building in the middle of the square (bike library), and the tall strip of seating and planters, the DDA has opened up this public space – making it even more inviting than it was before.
There is now a sense of wonder and contentment in this building now. The precious way the materials in this historic building have been treated breathes out onto everyone inside. And that care that the Grahams took in honoring this piece of history has given it wings that will carry it forward into our future.
This has been the summer of appliance troubles in our household. Our whole house fan went kaput (back when we were hitting over 90 degrees every day and really needed it!), our water heater decided we needed more cold showers, and now our fridge has decided that cold...
In Virginia Dale The Abbey of Saint Walburgaby Meg Dunn | Jul 19, 2018 | Red Feather, Livermore & Virginia Dale, Religious SitesIn 1997, the Abbey of St. Walburga moved from the Boulder area to Virginia Dale and in doing so created a haven of contemplation and...