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Contact: Jacqui Ainlay-Conley, Museum Administrator, City and County of Broomfield
Telephone: (303) 460-6824
Date: May 27, 2014
Second historic talk tells of massacre, wars
Colorado appeared to be on the edge of a civil war a hundred years ago. In May of 1914 the Colorado General Assembly convened a special session in the wake of coal miner strikes and violence across the state. In the second of a series of talks about local and regional history, on Wednesday, June 4, Ron Buffo presents “The Battle at the Hecla and Ludlow Massacre: the Colorado Coalfield Wars of 1914” giving a broad perspective on the history of the state’s coal mining disputes that includes the Hecla Mine in Louisville.
The speaker series is a partnership between the Broomfield Museum Depot Friends and the Crescent Grange in Broomfield designed to bring area history to life on the first Wednesday of each month continuing through Oct. 1. All the talks will be at the historic Crescent Grange building, 7901 West 120th Avenue, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated.
Buffo, formerly editor of the Louisville Historian and member of the Louisville Historical Commission, is a retired Boulder Valley School District history teacher and has done extensive research into the labor unrest in the northern Colorado coalfields focusing on the Long Strike of 1910-1914.
The Hecla Mine conflict followed the Ludlow Massacre near Trinidad, Colo., in 1914 where Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel and Iron Company guards attacked a tent settlement of miners, killing men, women and children. This same group was sent to deal with strikers at the Hecla Mine.
Buffo will relate more details of the night of April 27, 1914, when 14 hours of gunfire took place between the striking Hecla miners, mine operators and the strike breakers brought in by the mine operators. He also brings photos to intrigue attendees.
Future talks in the series include “Social Life in Western Mining Camps” on July 2, “Bees, Broomcorn and Beer: An Agricultural History of Broomfield” on Aug. 6, “Railroad Stories: Tracks across Colorado and Broomfield” on Sept. 3 and “Phantom Towns, Disappearing Camps and Other Places near Broomfield” on Oct. 1.
The Broomfield Depot Museum is closed for the summer during restoration work, to reopen in the fall. For further information about the museum call 303-460-6824 or see the museum’s website at broomfielddepotmuseum.org. For more information on the Broomfield Depot Museum Friends go to broomfielddepotfriends.org.