Thu September 25, 2014
Arts & Life

Arid Adversity Of Prairie Life Has Yet To Erase Keota, Colorado

Keota's water tower looms in the distance. In the foreground, Clyde Stanley's general store sits on main street.
Grace Hood KUNC

Resource-rich Colorado has a long history of mining and exploration that's left many ghost towns across the state. What most often comes to mind are old "silver boom" towns abandoned in the mountains.

Far from the peaks of the Rockies, out on the northeastern prairie is a tiny spec on the map, a piece of history once known as the "Arcadia of the West": Keota, Colorado.

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Thu September 11, 2014
Arts & Life

Sterling's Flood-Damaged Antique Linotype Press Gets New Lease On Life

Sterling's Overland Museum spent $80,000 restoring this type-setting machine after Colorado's 2013 flooding caused severe damage.
Grace Hood KUNC

Restoring any one-of-a-kind historical artifact has its own unique set of challenges. So it's hard to imagine the monumental task Sterling's Overland Trail Museum faced when the swollen South Platte River caused $1 million in damage in the 2013 flood.

"The water came a little different direction than we anticipated," explained Museum Currator Kay Rich, as she stood outside the main building of the Overland Museum.

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Thu September 11, 2014
Arts District

With Ken Burns' 'Roosevelts,' Watch A Little Or Watch A Lot

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt with their children in Washington, DC, June 12, 1919.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, Hyde Park, NY

They were a family that dominated early 20th century politics, occupying the halls of power in New York, the Navy and ultimately the White House – more than once. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, could very well be the (latest) reason you drag yourself into work bleary-eyed.

When Ken Burns' latest debuts in all its seven-part, 14-hour glory, PBS will also be testing audiences' appetite for binge-watching; making the entire series available for streaming after the first episode airs.

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Wed September 10, 2014

Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Explores An American Family's Demons

Theodore Roosevelt, seen here in 1885, was haunted by the fact that his father didn't fight in the Civil War.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division/PBS

Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt did as much to create 20th-century America as any three people linked by blood and marriage.

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Thu September 4, 2014

Photographs Show How Colorado Farmers Weathered The Great Depression

Mrs. Alfred Peterson, the wife of a Farm Security Administration loan recipient, poses with her preserves in Mesa County, Colorado.
Arthur Rothstein Farm Security Administration (1939)

While the United States was attempting to pull itself out of the Great Depression, a team of photographers were dispatched to every corner of the country to document the lives of the rural poor. They gathered images from across Colorado, and many of these are now available in a searchable database, thanks to the hard work of Yale University researchers

The photography project was originally funded by the Farm Security Administration, and launched the careers of some of the most famous Depression-era photographers, like Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks and Marion Post Wolcott. 

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