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VISION: Educating and inspiring Coloradans to love our state's history.

MISSION: Inspiring a love of history in all Coloradans by airing a weekly television show with comprehensive outreach and education initiatives.

SERIES OUTLINE: A television series of 13 half-hour episodes, produced by Rocky Mountain PBS in partnership with History Colorado, dedicated to preserving & celebrating the people, events & places that have shaped Colorado.

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Colorado Experience: U.S. Air Force



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From Rufus “Potato” Clark and Henry Augustus Buchtel to Woodstock West and the 2012 Presidential Debate on campus, Colorado Experience highlights the many the University of Denver’s 150 year legacy.

Airdate: February 27, 2014 at 7pm

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Uncover the secrets of the United States Air Force Academy with a look at the significant events, landmarks and accomplishments over the last 60 years. 

Airdate: April 3, 2014 at 7pm

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Colorado Experience spotlights the early roots of one of the state’s most renowned native sons, Jack Dempsey, the Manassa Mauler.

Airdate: October 2, 2014 at 7pm

The Dustbowl

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This Colorado Experience episode follows one Colorado family who moved west only to find themselves in the middle of one of the largest environmental disasters to hit the plains. 

Airdate: October 9, 2014 at 7pm

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Colorado’s Cold War explores the legacy of Rocky Flats and the local impact of a global conflict.

Airdate: October 16, 2014 at 7pm

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750,000 participants from 72 countries convened in Denver in the summer of 1993 for the World Youth Day Conference and a visit from the Pope. 

Airdate: October 23, 2014 at 7pm

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What happened to the Ancient Puebloans of Mesa Verde and Crow Canyon? Historians and archaeologists discuss the possibility that this drastic move might have been due to a devastating drought in the Southwest region.

Airdate: October 30, 2014 at 7pm

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Go insde the Peterson Air Force Base command center for The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to discover all that they do to protect the United States and Canada.

Airdate: November 13, 2014 at 7pm

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Colorado Experience examines one of the lesser-known chapters in American organized crime: the story of the Smaldones, an Italian-American crime family that operated out of Denver.

Airdate: November 20, 2014 at 7pm


Sandcreek Massacre

On November 29, 1864, Colonel John Chivington led an attack the resulted in the deaths of over one hundred men, women and children. This episode revisits the horrific events and uncovers the history 150 years later.

Airdate: November 27, 2014 at 7pm

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1968 was a pivotal year in American history: the Vietnam War hit its peak, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and riots shook the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. At home in Colorado, it marked the birth of the Chicano Movement.  

Airdate: December 18, 2014 at 7pm


Jewish Pioneers

From the philanthropists behind National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives, to the father of Denver theater, this episode discovers the significant achievements and history-making advancements by Colorado’s Jewish population.

Airdate: January 8, 2015 at 7pm

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Looking back to 1891, this episode shows how a lack of timber fuel threatened mining operations in Telluride.

Airdate: January 15, 2015 at 7pm

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Colorado Experience

How did the Boettcher and Penrose Families make their fortunes? Who was Justina Ford? Find out on Colorado Experience, a new co-production of Rocky Mountain PBS and History Colorado. Each episode brings to life a person, place or event that shaped the great state of Colorado.


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Lincoln Hills
During the time of racial segregation, Lincoln Hills, the only all African-American resort west of the Mississippi River, provided a shelter from the storm.
Airdate: February 21, 2013 at 7pm

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Justina Ford, MD
Born with two strikes against her, Dr. Justina Ford overcame barriers of race and gender to become the first African-American woman to practice medicine in Colorado and delivered over 7,000 babies.
Airdate: February 28, 2013 at 7pm

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The boom and bust of a homesteading community on Colorado's eastern plains.
Airdate: March 21, 2013 at 7pm



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While American troops were fighting abroad in World War II, over 7500 Japanese-Americans found themselves interned in the Granada War Relocation Center. 
Airdate: March 28, 2013 at 7pm

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From exotic animals to opposing prohibition, nothing was too extraordinary for the entrepreneur dubbed a master "promoter" and his sophisticated wife. Delve into the affluent life of Colorado Springs' pioneering couple.
Airdate: April 4, 2013 at 7pm

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Colorado's once industrial capital has long been the battleground for competing countries and interests. 
Airdate: April 11, 2013 at 7pm

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Examine the bloody history of Colorado coal miners' struggle for workers' rights.
Airdate: April 18, 2013 at 7pm

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Discover the rags-to-riches story of one of Colorado's most pioneering families, both in business and philanthropy.
Airdate: May 2, 2013 at 7pm

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Colorado's top lawyers and historians unravel the unintended consequences of the state's constitution.
Airdate: May 9, 2013 at 7pm

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Flying an AT-6 trainer plane in World War II was only the beginning of Grand Junction resident Annabelle Craft Moss's inspirational life.
Airdate: May 16, 2013 at 7pm

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From the beginning of its settlement, Colorado has demonstrated a legacy of giving and philanthropy. 
Airdate: May 23, 2013 at 7pm

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During the height of the Fur Trade, Bent's Fort was a great western hub of commercial and cultural exchange. 
Airdate: May 30, 2013 at 7pm


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Discover The Ute Nation, the original residents of Colorado and their lasting impact on the state.
Airdate: June 13, 2013 at 7pm



executive producer & director - Julie Speer
director – producer - Julie Speerdonnie l. betts 
associate producer - Mariel Rodriguez-McGill 
director of production - Michael Reynolds 
videography - Jason BunchMariel Rodriguez-McGillJanine TrudellKyle Pfliegerdonnie l. bettsLinda Morken
editors - Jason BunchMariel Rodriguez-McGilldonnie l. bettsKyle PfliegerMichael Dondero
composite & graphics - Tom ManionRyan Conley 
research - William ConveryJJ RutherfordAaron MarcusCoi Drummond-GehrigMichael Dondero 
production assistants - Amanda PrentissConnor BirchMichael Dondero 
Music provided by - FirstCom Music, a division of Universal Publishing Production Music

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