“Becoming Historic Jefferson County:
The Cold War, Baby Boom, and Suburbia”
Deadline for Abstracts: March 1, 2012
Papers due May 1st!
The Jefferson County Historical Commission is seeking submissions for our 2012 Historic Preservation Symposium and our magazine, Historically Jeffco. Abstracts of approximately 200 words are due March 1st; papers are due May 1st. In 2011 the County celebrated 150 years since its establishment along with that of Colorado Territory. In 2012 we are inquiring into the most recent, living, history and the decades that significantly changed our County. Details on the event will be posted at the 2012 Symposium page as soon as they are available.
The Rockies cast their spell on the servicemen and women who had passed through Denver during World War II. They returned to settle in the small towns, on the farms and ranches, and in the burgeoning suburbs surrounding the city. Some of the potential topics that may be examined include, but are not limited to:
- Architectural achievement since 1945. This includes those works that are coming up on the 50-year threshold for consideration as “historic”
- Development of infrastructure (highway system, water works, utilities)
- Educational changes
- Political changes (incorporation of new cities and resistance to annexation)
- New industries including federal government research and administration centers
- Social changes
The papers must specifically address Jefferson County, Colorado, in the period between 1945 and the present. Selected submissions may be presented at our annual historic preservation symposium on May 5, 2012, and/or published in our magazine or website at the end of the year. Qualified authors are also eligible for our annual Writers’ Award.