Dearfield Conference

Save the Date! 7th Dearfield Conference Program on May 22

Since 2008, several partners – Dearfield Heritage Preservation Committee, Black American West Museum & Heritage Center, University of Northern Colorado (UNC), Colorado State University (CSU), Colorado Preservation, Inc., City of Greeley and Weld County Youth Conservation Corps – collaborated in a wide range of archaeological and historic research programs and historic building preservation efforts involving the early 20th century African-American farming colony of Dearfield, along with the two historic town-sites of Dearfield and Chapelton, in eastern Weld County, Colorado. Colorado Preservation, Inc. recognized Dearfield Colony on Colorado’s Most Endangered Places in 1999.

The seventh Dearfield Conference hosted by UNC takes place Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. and is open to the public. The conference features presentations and open discussion forums on recent Dearfield preservation and research programs, including archaeological fieldwork in June 2020, university and community engagement activities for students, professional scholarly research and collaboration, along with planning efforts related to the Dearfield Strategic Plan 2021.

Following Covid-19 precautions, this year’s conference will be a hybrid affair, with a small core participant group attending the physical meeting at UNC’s Michener Library, along with an online participant venue. A showing of filmmaker Charles Nuckholl’s Remnants of a Dream: Dearfield and the Story of its Founder O.T. Jackson will occur both before and after the conference via an online link. For more information about the conference, contact Dr. Bob Brunswig at robert.brunswig@unco.edu or Dr. George Junne at Ghjunne@aol.com.

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