Four interlocking facts about what happened in 1972

May 19, 2017

With this column, I have created a historical “Lego” set, placing before us four facts about the year 1972 that we are now going to treat as pieces of a larger whole.

A Historian of the American West Shares Her Insights

May 1, 2017

Patricia Limerick, well-known historian of the American West, gave a talk at the community center in the town of Burns, Oregon, one evening not long ago with her heart slightly in her throat. Limerick belongs to the small category of historians who are occasionally recognized on the street, and she gives talks all the time.

Three area museums developing a display on the Borderlands of Southern Colorado

April 29, 2017

Officials of El Pueblo History Museum are joining forces with their colleagues in Fort Garland and Trinidad to produce a display titled “Borderlands of Southern Colorado.”

Advice to young writers: On story-telling, truth-telling and Hell on Earth

April 28, 2017

The following are prepared remarks delivered April 28 at the University of Colorado’s Center of the American West banquet in honor of the Thompson Awards for Western American Writing. The contest features undergraduate and graduate creative writers and nonfiction writers.

How to lose elections and influence people

April 15, 2017

When the Republican congressional leaders realized they could not pass their long-promised revision of the Affordable Care Act, this defeat made them sad. More to the point, there was little evidence that defeat had improved their characters or clarified their thinking.

It’s important to recognize our geographic roots

April 1, 2017

My Grandma Dorothy was fiercely loyal to South Pueblo, as she was born on Bohmen Avenue, raised on Eilers Avenue, lived as a newlywed and first-time mom on Mesa Avenue, and spent the final chapter of her life on Acero Avenue.

The time I dueled with Louis L’Amour (and made peace with him)

March 18, 2017

In an encounter with the makings of legend, a very famous cowboy and an entirely unknown schoolmarm met in a showdown between romance and realism in the American West.

Why the solar industry can shine in our current political climate

March 14, 2017

Original article can be found at Mountain Town News Originally published on March 14, 2017 By Allen Best Patty Limerick had the perfect story to warm the hearts of renewable energy proponents at the opening session of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association annual conference on Monday evening. A professor...

Public Land Management in the American West

Feb. 21, 2017

Original article can be found at Sat Press Releases Originally published on February 21, 2017 By Marcin The conversation about public land management in the American West continued Tuesday morning during an in-depth NPR segment featuring top officials from the Utah Governor’s Office, the Outdoor Industry Association and western historians...

Hear ye! I henceforth issue these two executive orders

Feb. 19, 2017

Original article can be found at The Denver Post Originally published on February 19, 2017 By Patty Limerick Time’s a-wasting! Just as February winds down, I am at long last issuing my first two executive orders. Issued on Feb. 19, 2017, these orders rest on the authority vested in me...