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Scroll down for full list of Kate Burke’s History Series and Other Presentations. I give these at various locations, from Durango to Paonia.
See Calendar for list of classes, shows, and other events.
Contact me if you would like to book a presentation.
*Designates Keynote speaker.

Programs: August – December, 2023

Presentations at the Montrose Senior Center. 1-2:30 pm  are FREE. Call Cindy Marino to register: 970-252-4884. Pre-registration not required, but helpful so we can set up enough chairs. Most include a guest co-presenter and handout material. Not talks are in Montrose. As presentations are scheduled elsewhere, they will be listed here.

* Time Banking Explained
What is it? How does it work? Why should you care? A unique look at a non-monetary economic system that honors time, talent, and community. Learn  about Time Dollars, Time Bank Credits, and Time Bank Exchanges—and all the benefits Time Banking has to offer.
Aug. 07.  1 pm.   Montrose Senior Center, Pavilion Drive.
Sept. 18. Noon.   Montrose Woman’s Club, Lions Clubhouse. 602 N. Nevada Ave.

* Ouray’s Goldfields & Bachelor Syracuse Mine.
Kate Burke’s history series burrows into the history of  gold mining and how Ouray’s Bachelor Syracuse Mine  saved the town. Today, the mine offers tours into Gold Mountain.. Today, the mine offers tours into Gold Mountain. PPT, handouts, displays of minerals and mining tools on loan from the mine. Copies of book, Tales of the Bachelor Mine, from San Juan Publishing will be available. [Read story here.]
Sep. 11. 1 pm.   Montrose Senior Center, Pavilion Drive.
Oct. 16. Noon.   Montrose Woman’s Club, Lions Clubhouse. 602 N. Nevada Ave.

* Silverton’s Four Narrow Gauge Railroads & the Mountain Mines.
Kate Burke’s history series explores the Silverton and San Juan Mining District and the flour trains that served it, traversing up to 7% grades, 30-degree curves, and passes over 11,000 feet to supply the mines, smelters, and mining communities. PPT, handouts.
Oct. 23. 1 pm.   Montrose Senior Center, Pavilion Drive.

* Historical Accounts of the Utes in SW Colorado.
Kate Burke’s history series delves into the background of the Ute people, the oldest residents of Colorado, who arrived as much as 2,000 years ago.  A guest presenter from the Ute Museum will share stories about the Utes of SW Colorado. PPT presentation. Displays, hand handouts from the Ute Museum.
Nov. 23. 1 pm. Montrose Senior Center, Pavilion Drive.

No history programs planned for December.

Programs: January – March, 2023

* January. Little Bighorn, the Back Story.
Learn what led up to the infamous battle, otherwise known as Custer’s Last Stand. Guest presenter George Gleason will share information about the monument today. Books and DVD published by San Juan Publishing for sale. Read Story Here.
Jan. 16.  1 pm.   Montrose Senior Center, Pavilion Drive.
Feb. 25, Noon. Brown  bag lunch, WHAFV, 4 Hillcrest Plaza Way

* February. History of Chocolate, America’s favorite treat.
Discover the origins and use of chocolate in Meso-America, and its romantic connection to Valentines in Europe and America. We will have chocolates and Valentines to share with everybody.
Chocolate, 5500 years of history, from Meso-America to present time. Read Story Here.
14.  1 pm.   Montrose Senior Center, Pavilion Drive.
20. Noon.   Montrose Woman’s Club, Lions Clubhouse. 602 N. Nevada Ave.

* Utah’s Colorful Parks & Monuments.
Each of the Parks and Monuments have a distinct personality. What they have in common is their geologic basis, some of it more than a billion years old!
Read Kate’s story about Utah Parks here.
Mar. 13.  1 pm.   Montrose Senior Center, Pavilion Drive.

Story links may not currently be active where we took down the related website.We have archived the stories, and will put them back here, on this site…as time (and inclination) permits.



Contact me if you would like to book me to give one of these presentations.

* Kate Burke’s Western History Series

Talks are 30-40 minutes with 5-10-minute introduction and 15-30 minutes Q&A time afterward. Presentations include Power Point, sometimes video Internet Youtube or weblinks. Related handouts. Presentations must be scheduled at least 30 days in advance, and I do charge a speakers fee.

American West

GoodTime Girl Gamblers

Little Bighorn, Contested Ground 

Little Bighorn, the Backstory & What Came After

Mountain Town Saloons & Shady Ladies 

San Juan’s Mining and NGRR History.

History of Ouray 

Bachelor Mine & Ouray’s goldfields

History of Silverton

History of the Mountain West

Historic Opera Houses 

Narrow Gauge Railroads of SW Colorado

All Aboard! Durango & Silverton Railroad

Silverton’s 4 Narrow Gauge Railroads to the Mines

Movies Made involving Western Colorado Narrow Gauge Railroads.

First Americans

Native American History Through Art & Artifacts 

Chocolate in Mesoamerica, a dark history. 

* Other Talks

Time Banking Explained

SW Colorado Farmers’ Markets. Date TBD.

Peace Parks in Africa 

Silent Voices of World War II (From Declaration to Signing the Peace Treaty)

* Travel Talks

Utah’s Colorful Parks 

Alaska from the Inland Passage

 History of Holidays

History of Chocolate-America’s Favorite Treat – Feb. 14, 2023

Halloween – Goblins & Ghosts

Thanksgiving – it began with oysters

Christmas – Customs around the world

Valentine History: Casanova, Cupid. Chocolate 

Celebrating Spring & Pagan Rituals

* Caregiving & Self Help

Mindful Gratitude Journaling – workshop format

The Caregiver’s Journey, Building Your Care Team

The Caregiver’s Journey, Navigating the Path.

Stress Management for Caregivers 

Is it Alzheimer’s or is it Lewy Body?