Ludlow Massacre Centennial September 2013 Events Announced!

ImageThe Ludlow Centennial Commission established on April 19th 2013 by executive order of Governor John Hickenlooper would like to announce a series of events planned for September 2013 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the call to strike on September 23rd and  the 99th anniversary of the  Ludlow Massacre.  In the fall of 1913 miners went on strike demanding higher wages and safer working conditions.  The strike lasted until December of 1914. The strike may have been completely ignored in the history books if it were not for a skirmish between striking miners and the Colorado National Guard, on April 20, 1914, resulting in the deaths of over 20 people including 11 children and 2 women. The Ludlow Massacre sparked a war in southern Colorado which ended with President Woodrow Wilson calling out federal troops to squelch the violence.

                  The commemoration of the Colorado Coalfield War will kick off on Thursday September 19th from 5 p.m to 8 p.m. at El Pueblo Museum, 301 N Union Ave with an  opening reception of the “Children of Ludlow-Life in a Battlezone, 1913-1914” exhibit. Opening remarks will begin at 6 p.m. Sponsored by Black Hills Energy, the exhibit focuses on the experiences of children during the harsh winter of 1913.  The exhibit will be on display from September 2013 to December 2014.  

                  The highlight of the events in September will be held on Sunday, September 22 at 11 a.m. at the Ludlow Memorial.  The United Mine Workers of America will have their annual gathering, a service and barbeque, commemorating the Coal Mine Strikes.  Notable speakers include Zeese Papanikolas, author of Buried Unsung. This service marks the date that the Colorado Coal Miners’ Strike began in Colorado in 1913.

Other events scheduled for September include:

Thursday , September 5, 7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.   Award winning author Thomas G. Andrews will talk about his book Killing for Coal at The Rawlings Public Library 100. E. Abriendo Ave. Pueblo in the 4th Floor Ryals Room.

Saturday, September 14, Bessemer Historical Society Coal Camp Tour to Berwind Canyon. The bus tour will include tours of CF&I’s former coal camp of Rouse, Berwind, Toller, Tobasco, Aguilar and Ludlow. Lunch, presentation commemorative booklet, and transportation will be  provided. Contact the Bessemer Historical Society for more information (719) 564-9086.

Sunday, September 15, 2 p.m.  “Ludlow Debates” (1904) Arts Council Hall at 2nd and Petroleum Avenue, Florence.  The audience is encouraged to come dressed in 1900’s mill worker or miner dress to this theater in the round format program. The debate will be between actors portraying Gov. Peabody, speaking for Owners; a UMWA organizer, speaking for organized labor; and Mother Jones speaking for the miners.

Saturday, September 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  “Family and Community” at the Bloom Mansion in the Museum Education Center in Trinidad.  The program will include a presentation “The Life and times of a Coal Miner and His Family.” Program, lunch and museum admission is $13 for History Colorado members and Trinidad History Museum Volunteers and $17 for the public.  Register by noon on September 17 at 719-846-7217

Saturday, September 21 5 to 9:00 p.m.  “Commemorating the Coal Mine Strikes of 1913-1914” in the Centennial Room of the Hellenic Community Center, 4610 East Alameda Avenue in Denver.  Author’s Reception for Zeese Papanikolas, author of Buried Unsung, 5 to 7 p.m. $25. Cocktails and Mezethes (hors d’oeuvres) will be served. Papanikolas will present 7 to 9 p.m.  Admission for the presentation only is $5.  Papanikolas will talk about the Ludlow labor strike which ended on April 20, 1914 with the death of Louis Tikas, (Elias Anastasiou Spantidakis), a young Cretan who was the main labor union organizer for the striking coal miners at the Ludlow Mine. RSVP by September 13, 2013 to Elaine Callas Williams 303.881.4780.

More information regarding the Commission and these events is available online at

Ludlow100.org or on Facebook at Ludlow Centennial Commemoration

or by contacting Commission co-Chairs Fawn-Amber Montoya at fawnamber.montoya@colostate-pueblo.edu or Dawn DiPrince at dawndiprince@co.state.us.

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