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Colorado's Ignominious Days Under the Ku Klux Klan

  • 01/12/2022
  • 1:00 PM
  • Live Presentation

Colorado's Ignominious Days Under the Ku Klux Klan

Colorado once had the second largest Ku Klux Klan membership of any state in the United States. The 1924 state elections brought a resurgence of the KKK’s power far west of its traditional concentration in the Deep South. A reinvigorated membership drive in the West revived a dying institution at a time when the KKK hadn’t even entered most Coloradoans’ thoughts, much less their lives, for generations. How and why did this happen?

Presentation by Sharon Danhauer

Sharon’s passion for learning about, preserving, and sharing local history began while she and her twin sister Karen were students in the Denver public school system in the 1950s, when the teacher read Little Britches by Ralph Moody to the class.  Sharon is a 4th generation Coloradoan, a native of Colorado Springs.  She has served several years on the Board of Directors for Berthoud and Loveland Historical Societies, the Rocky Mountain Map Society, the Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of OCTA (Oregon-California Trails Association), the Association of Northern Front Range Museums, Historic Larimer County, and was a member of the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association for many years.  She is proud to be a part of the educational and preservation goals towards which Northern Colorado historians are working.  

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