Margaret A. Coval - Executive Director
Colorado Endowment for the Humanities
303-894-7951, x14


"The Five States of Colorado"

to premiere at TSJC

TRINIDAD - Trinidad State Junior College in conjunction with Trinidad-Las Animas County Economic Development, is hosting a premiere screening of the Telly Award-Winning documentary "The Five States of Colorado." Sponsored by the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities and Pinnacol Assurance this free showing starts at 7pm with the screening, followed by a panel discussion and at 8:30pm a reception of desserts and beverages. The event will take place on Thursday, January 13 in the Massari Performing Arts Center.

"The Five States of Colorado" documents how the boundaries for the Colorado Territory were carved out of four different territories by the U.S. Congress in 1861. These straight lines represent no river, no mountain range, no tribe or language group - yet within the state are many dividers, both geographic and human. In fact, there seem to be five distinct regions in Colorado, each with its own history, geography, and economy. Each commands a certain loyalty from its citizens, who sometimes have their own ideas about how things should be done.

The Five States of Colorado are regions within the man-made boundaries whose cultures and economies have evolved from the land and its history. The five states are Southern Colorado, Western Slope, Eastern Plains, Front Range, and Denver.

The film maker, Jim Havey, will be at the premiere and will speak about the video and how it came to be. The "Five States of Colorado" is a program of the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities with support from Pinnacol Assurance and The Colorado State Historical Fund, produced by Havey Productions.

The panel discussion will include Dr. David Sandoval, Professor of History, Colorado State University, Pueblo; Joanne Dodds, author and historian; Ben Doherty, Branson RE-82 School Board President; Eugene Duran, Trinidad City Attorney; and moderator, Dr. Ari Kelman, Associate Professor History, University of Denver.


What is CEH?
Now in its 30th year, CEH is the only statewide organization in Colorado dedicated exclusively to supporting the humanities and the promotion of a literate society. As a member state humanities council of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), each year CEH inspires approximately 200,000 Coloradoans in 30 counties to gain a greater appreciation of the humanities and the role they play in our lives. The organization strives to help Colorado residents understand our cultural heritage through humanities, including history, literature, and philosophy.

CEH provides a variety of humanities-based programs, events and activities including book discussions, lectures, living history presentations (Chautauqua), teacher institutes, symposia and media productions. Key CEH programs include: Young Chautauqua, an in-school program where K-12 students learn to research, study, and portray historical and literary characters; the High Plains Chautauqua, a free four-day/four night festival held in Greeley each summer; educational videos, such as the recently updated Five States of Colorado video that is used by schools and libraries throughout the state; and acclaimed teacher institutes that provide Colorado K-12 educators with opportunities to study epic events and historical figures, such as Meriwether Lewis and William Clark of the famed Lewis & Clark expedition.

For the past three years, CEH has also hosted its signature American Spirit Series, annual fundraising events featuring Chautauqua presentations (first-person characterizations by acclaimed scholars) that bring "history to life" for public audiences. Previous headliners for this series have included Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and John and Abigail Adams.

For more details, visit the CEH website at