Roxborough Area Historical Society - Annual Meeting

Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Speaker: 
Roxborogh Area Historical Society

Roxborogh Area Historical Society

Annual Meeting

Please join us for our annual meeting and special guest speaker, Jeff Broome.

Roxborough Historical Society

 

Jeff Broome is a story teller. Wild West tales cartwheel out of his mouth like a field of tumbleweeds blowing across the high plains. Broome has taught philosophy at Arapahoe Community College for almost 30 years, but as a fifth generation Coloradan, his spirit resides in the old west.
The walls in Broome’s home are covered with black and white pictures of settlers taken more than a hundred years ago. Artifacts from that era line shelves in his home. His personal library consists of hundreds of Western history books that fill bookcases throughout the house. Three of those books are ones he’s written.
He explained his fascination with the West: “The Native Americans say that a story stalks a writer and--- if it finds you worthy--- comes to live in your heart. The writer’s responsibility is to give that story a voice.”
While most history books of that era tell the story from two perspectives—the governments’ and the Indians’, his latest book, Cheyenne War voices first-hand settlers’ accounts of what happened during the war from 1864-1869. His objective, he says, was to relate those largely unpublished and forgotten stories that stalked his heart.
In Cheyenne War he writes about the numerous Indian raids that took place on the Santa Fe, Smoky Hill and Platte River roads leading into Denver. To gather information for his books, articles and presentations, Broome travelled to the National Archives in Washington, D.C. where he spent days, weeks and months digging through thousands of depredation claims made by settlers.
Broome will share his stories from Cheyenne War at the annual meeting of the Roxborough Area Historical Society on January 30 at 7 pm at the Roxborough Community Center, 6237 Roxborough Drive. The public is invited. For more information, contact roxhistory@msn.com or www.Roxhistory.com.
Broome will also host book signings for Cheyenne War at the Arapahoe Community College Library and Learning Commons on Wednesday, February 19 at 2 pm and again at 6:30 pm.