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Winter Speaker Series

Aurora History Museum's First Winter Speaker Series

Join us at the museum to hear from local authors reading and discussing their work. Selected works include fiction and non-fiction.
Each event includes approximately 45 minutes of discussion and/or reading by the author followed by time for questions from the audience.
Unless noted below, all events are free to the public. You must register for each event you wish to attend.
Click the link below each author's name to register for the event.

Saturday, 12/3 at 10 am
Manuel Ramos – “Angels in the Wind” (fiction)
"More than just a detective novel, this book is a reflection on the changing landscape of the West and the redemptive power of family." David Heska Wanbli Weiden, author of Winter Counts.


Sunday, 12/4 at 10 am
Michael Kilgore – “Drive-Ins of Colorado” (non-fiction)

Michael Kilgore is the webmaster of, a drive-in theater information source since 1998. He has been recognized as a drive-in researcher by the Library of Congress. Previously, he was a writer and editor at the Kansas City Star and other newspapers.
Tuesday, 12/6 at 6:30 pm via WebEx
Jeanne Abrams – “Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail” (non-fiction)

"Abrams has written a sweeping, challenging, and provocative history of Jewish women in the American West. . . . Overall, Jewish Women is a pathbreaking work. . . . It is a fast and engrossing read. As a piece of scholarly writing it should be required reading in any course on the American West that seeks to broaden the definition of what it means to be a Westerner." ~Colorado Book Review Center

Wednesday, 12/7 at 12 noon
Gail Beaton – “Colorado Women in WWII” (non-fiction)

“Colorado Women in World War II is important for its rich detail, its focus on a western—but not coastal—state, its attention to the particular nature of Colorado’s role in defense production, and notably fits coverage of Japanese American women and Native American women.” —Susan Hartmann
Sunday, 12/11 at 4 pm
Adrian Miller – “Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue” (non-fiction)
"Black Smoke celebrates African American barbecue culture and restores African Americans to the center of America’s barbecue story. Includes historical profiles of interesting African American barbecuers, my top 20 list of African American barbecue restaurants, and 22 recipes." -Adrian Miller
$3.00 tickets available below.
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