When US Cavalry troops rode onto the Ute Indian Reservation in northwestern Colorado on September 29, 1879, they triggered a chain of events that cost the Utes their homeland. Author Robert Silbernagel casts new light on the story of the events in Meeker in his book "Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of the Utes from Colorado". Silbernagel will be the featured speaker at the second offering of the Winter Lecture Series which will be held at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library on February 21st at 7:00 p.m.
Using details from historical documents, newspaper articles and Ute oral histories, Silbernagel tracks what occurred with the Utes and their five white hostages in the days immediately after the events of September 29, and in the months leading up to their removal from Colorado. He also delves into the personalities of the major characters.
A resident of western Colorado for 39 years, Robert Silbernagel has been a journalist for 35 of those years, and for the past 17, he has been the editorial page editor of The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction.
The Winter Lecture Series is co-sponsored by the Frontier Historical Society and the Friends of the Glenwood Springs Library. The program is free and open to the public. The library is located at 413 9th Street.
For more information, contact the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at (970) 945-5958.