Speakers and General Meetings

Denver Chapter Meetings

Denver Chapter meetings are on the second Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted. There is no meeting in July and the meeting in December is a special member’s night. Meetings locations will be noted for each meeting.

Chapter meeting dates for 2019:

  • June 10
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9 — members night

All are welcome!

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Room 241, Cherry Creek Building
Located at the Metropolitan University of Denver, on the Auraria Campus.

7:00 PM

Erin Baxter, Denver Museum of Nature and Science; teacher at CU Boulder.


From the Ashes: The Lost History of Aztec Ruins

Tucked into the northwest corner of New Mexico stands a little-known archaeological site with World Heritage status. Aztec Ruins is a 900-year old city-scape made up of exceptionally well-preserved great stone structures, massive roads, small houses, and enigmatic mounds. Thoroughly excavated by CU’s own Earl Morris a century ago, Aztec nevertheless still has tales to tell. Recent research into Morris’ museum archive is radicalizing our views of Aztec. We now know it as the once-capital of Southwestern civilization which rose and fell in an explosion of political upheaval, aberrant behavior, violence and fire. This talk will explore unpublished diaries, letters, photos, and maps that give tantalizing clues to Aztec’s complex history and reveals the emergence of social inequality, the role of violence and conflict, and the development of larger scales of political organization during one of the most important chapters in Ancestral Pueblo history.

Speaker Bio:

Erin Baxter specializes in the architecture and archaeology of the ancient Southwest US. Erin’s research interests include the interpretation of architecture, artifact, and mortuary data and how these analyses sheds light on the development of social and political organization, with a focus on reconstructing the deep history of Pueblo Indian society. In addition, Erin seeks to develop new methods for the study of museum collections in order to tap the full research potential of these archived materials. She teaches at the University of Colorado, Boulder and is on staff at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.