CSU - Pueblo profs help organize Ludlow Commemorative Centennial events this month

CSU - Pueblo profs help organize Ludlow Commemorative Centennial events this month
PUEBLO – Two Colorado State University-Pueblo faculty members are serving on the Ludlow Centennial Commission established by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to plan a series of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the call to strike on September 23 and  the 99th anniversary of the  Ludlow Massacre.  Events will run from September through December.

The strike of miners in the fall of 1913 demanding higher wages and safer working conditions  may have been completely ignored in the history books if it were not for a skirmish between striking miners and the Colorado National Guard, on April 20, 1914, that resulted in the deaths of more than 20 people, including 11 children and 2 women. The Ludlow Massacre sparked a war in southern Colorado which ended with President Woodrow Wilson calling out federal troops to squelch the violence.

CSU-Pueblo History Professor Jonathan Rees and Chicano Studies Professor Fawn Amber Montoya are helping to plan the commemoration events, which kick off at 5 p.m. (opening remarks at 6 p.m.) on Thursday September 19 at El Pueblo Museum, 301 N Union Ave., with an opening reception for “Children of Ludlow-Life in a Battlezone, 1913-1914” exhibit, which will be on display through December 2014. Sponsored by Black Hills Energy, the exhibit focuses on the experiences of children during the harsh winter of 1913. 
The highlight of the September commemorative events will be the United Mine Workers of America annual gathering at the Ludlow Memorial, about 75  miles south of Pueblo, which begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 22.  Speakers include Zeese Papanikolas, author of Buried Unsung. This service marks the date that the Colorado Coal Miners’ Strike began in Colorado in 1913.

Other commemorative events in September include:
September 5, 7-8:30 p.m., Ryals Room, Rawlings Public Library, 100 E Abriendo Ave.,
Award winning author Thomas G. Andrews will discuss his book Killing for Coal.

September 14, Bessemer Historical Society Coal Camp Tour to Berwind Canyon. The bus tour will include tours of CF&I's former coal camp of Rouse, Berwind, Toller, Tobasco, Aguilar and Ludlow. Lunch, presentation commemorative booklet, and transportation will be provided. Contact the Bessemer Historical Society for more information (719) 564-9086.

September 15, 2 p.m.  Ludlow Debates, Arts Council Hall, 2nd and Petroleum, Florence, CO  The audience is encouraged to come dressed as 1900’s mill workers or miners to this theater in the round format program. The debate will be between actors portraying Gov. Peabody, speaking for Owners; a UMWA organizer, speaking for organized labor; and Mother Jones speaking for the miners.

September 21, Family and Community, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Bloom Mansion in the Museum Education Center, Trinidad, CO
The program will include a presentation “The Life and Times of a Coal Miner and His Family.” Program, lunch, and museum admission is $13 for History Colorado members and Trinidad History Museum Volunteers and $17 for the public.  Register by noon on September 17 at 719-846-7217.

September 21, Commemorating the Coal Mine Strikes of 1913-1914, 5-9 p.m., Centennial Room of the Hellenic Community Center, 4610 East Alameda Avenue, Denver, CO
An author’s reception for Zeese Papanikolas, author of Buried Unsung, will be held from 5-7 p.m. at a cost of  $25 per person. Cocktails and Mezethes (hors d’oeuvres) will be served followed by Papanikolas’ presentation at 7 p.m. Admission for the presentation only is $5.  Papanikolas will talk about the Ludlow labor strike which ended on April 20, 1914 with the death of Louis Tikas, (Elias Anastasiou Spantidakis), a young Cretan who was the main labor union organizer for the striking coal miners at the Ludlow Mine. RSVP by September 13 to Elaine Callas Williams 303.881.4780.

More information regarding the Commission and these events is available online at
Ludlow100.org, on Facebook at Ludlow Centennial Commemoration, or by contacting Commission Co-Chairs Fawn-Amber Montoya at fawnamber.montoya@colostate-pueblo.edu or Dawn DiPrince at dawndiprince@co.state.us.

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