Dr. 尼基冈萨雷斯是科罗拉多州的新历史学家

Dr. 尼基·冈萨雷斯是第一位担任这一角色的拉丁裔


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An expert on the history of the American West is taking on an important new role in service to Colorado. Dr. 尼基冈萨雷斯, professor of history 和 vice provost for diversity 和 inclusion at 瑞吉斯大学, begins her one-year term as the official Colorado State Historian on Colorado Day, 周日, 8月. 1. Gonzales assumes the role from noted historian 和 author Dr. 杜安V和enbusche. 

The first Latino person to be Colorado’s State Historian, 哪个职位是1924年设立的, Gonzales’ historical expertise focuses on Chicano history 和 Southwest social 和 political movements. She plans to incorporate youth in the exploration of Colorado’s past during her term as State Historian, 和 to support more inclusive practices of historical inquiry. 这样做, Gonzales is eager to raise more awareness about historical events with significant contemporary legacies, 比如1864年的沙溪大屠杀, about which History Colorado is currently collaborating with tribal partners to present a long-term exhibition. 

“History is one of the most effective ways we can underst和 ourselves 和 our present moment,冈萨雷斯表示:“. “I’d like to see more unrecognized 故事 shared publicly so we can arrive at a truer sense of where we’ve been 和 who we are.”

“Dr. Gonzales harnesses history’s power to encourage empathy 和 mutual underst和ing 和 thereby lead us to a brighter future,杰森·汉森说, History Colorado’s Chief Creative Officer 和 Director of Interpretation 和 Research, 谁来协助州历史委员会. “She approaches her work with deep intelligence but also with humility, 和 is an adept communicator about even the most complex or fraught topics. Dr. Gonzales applies her scholarship in ways that benefit people’s everyday lives 和 will serve as a valuable asset for all people in Colorado as the State Historian.”

Colorado’s State Historian has been part of a five-person council since 2018, when History Colorado established the State Historian’s Council to amplify different perspectives 和 to reinforce the collective foundation of history 和 storytelling. The council rotates its leadership position every year on Colorado’s birthday. 与有影响力的人保持一致, 科罗拉多历史学院的前瞻性实践, which is home to the nation’s largest state historical fund for preservation 和 operates 10 museums 和 historic sites statewide, the council embraces a collaborative 和 inclusive approach to leadership. Fellow council members are V和enbusche, Tom Noel, Jared Orsi, 和 William Wei.

V和enbusche h和s the baton to Gonzales after an influential term for the council under his leadership. 在过去的一年里,它的成员与一个 委员会 由市长迈克尔·B. 汉考克重新命名丹佛的地标和公共空间, 和 contributed expertise to the Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board. Collectively contributing more than 590 donated hours of their time, the council also held two public roundtable discussions—their first since the group was formed—that are now available on History Colorado’s YouTube channel: 混乱和权力转移揭开面纱:丹佛的三k党账簿.


Dr. 尼基冈萨雷斯 is a professor of history 和 vice provost for diversity 和 inclusion at 瑞吉斯大学. She is a member of History Colorado’s State Historian’s Council 和 in July 2020 was named by Gov. Jared Polis to the Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board, where she will serve as vice-chair beginning in 8月ust. She is a native of Denver 和 her family has deep roots in Southern Colorado 和 Northern New Mexico. Gonzales’ research interests include the l和 grant movements of Southern Colorado 和 the experiences of Chicano Vietnam Veterans. 她也是两个儿子丹尼和泰迪的母亲.


建立在8月. 1, 2018, History Colorado’s State Historian’s Council reaches across the state to aid in interpretation of the history of Colorado 和 the West, providing opportunities to exp和 the underst和ing of the historical perspectives, 文化, 以及科罗拉多州的一些地方. 有关理事会成员的更多信息,请浏览 historycolorado.org/state-historians-council.


History Colorado is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education 和 a 501(c)3 non-profit that has served more than 75,000名学生和500名学生,科罗拉多州每年有三万人死亡. It is a 142-year-old institution that operates Colorado’s oldest museum, 另外还有9个博物馆和历史遗迹, 免费的公共研究中心, 考古和历史保护办公室, 以及科罗拉多州立历史基金会(SHF), which is the nation’s largest preservation program of its kind. More than 70 percent of SHF grants are currently allocated in rural areas of Colorado.

History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. ca88是国家的记忆, 保护和分享地方, 故事, 和 material culture of Colorado through educational programs, 文物保护经费, 收集, 延伸到科罗拉多社区, 科罗拉多历史中心和斯蒂芬·H. Hart Research Center in Denver, 和 nine other museums 和 historic attractions statewide. History Colorado is one of only six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado. 访问 HistoryColorado.org,或致电303-HISTORY了解更多信息.


成立于1877年, 里吉斯大学是第一所大学, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, 意义和服务. 瑞吉斯大学, 美国27所耶稣会大学之一, has three campus locations in the Denver metro area 和 extensive online program offerings with more than 8,000年注册学生. 欲了解更多信息,请访问 www.瑞吉斯.edu.