Historian to Deliver Lecture on Sand Creek Massacre

October 22, 2015

MISSOULA – Ari Kelman, the McCabe Greer Professor of History at Penn State University, will deliver the University of Montana Department of History’s 2015 Hampton Lecture on the historical memory of the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre, one of the most infamous examples of state-sponsored violence against Native Americans.

His talk, “A Misplaced Massacre: Struggling Over the Memory of Sand Creek,” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Gallagher Business Building Room 106. It is free and open to the public.

For more than half a century, the Sand Creek Massacre has been at the center of struggles over history and memory in the American West: from government investigations launched in the massacre’s immediate aftermath and the controversial work of so-called Indian reformers, to the impact of popular histories such as Dee Brown’s “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” and the recently opened Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site.

Based on his Bancroft Prize-winning book “A Misplaced Massacre,” Kelman will discuss the meaning and impact of this long-standing fight to shape and control memories of Sand Creek.

For more information call UM history Professor Jeff Wiltse at 406-243-2987 or email jeffrey.wiltse@umontana.edu.

Contact: Jeff Wiltse, UM history professor, 406-243-2987, jeffrey.wiltse@umontana.edu.