SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park
2301 West River Road
Dayton, OH 45418
On the morning of April 20, 1914, Colorado National Guard troops opened fire on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners at Ludlow, Colorado. The troops continued shooting until late afternoon, then swept through the camp looting it and setting it aflame. When the smoke cleared twenty of the camps inhabitants were dead including two women and eleven children. The “Ludlow Massacre” was the most important event of the 1913-1914 Colorado Coal Field War. However, most Americans know nothing about it. This talk describes the first-ever excavations of the Ludlow Tent Colony and what we’ve learned from them. It also discusses our involvement in winning Ludlow’s 2009 designation as a National Historical Landmark. This watershed development testifies to what can happen when historians, archaeologists, and citizens make common cause to commemorate events that are often neglected by official American history.
Thanks to the Archaeological Institute of America and the generosity of an anonymous donor, admission to Archaeological Institute of America/SunWatch Presentation Series is free and open to the public. All presentations begin at 10:30 and conclude by noon. Seating filled on first come, first seated basis. Admission fees apply for guests wishing to explore the Village or the Interpretive Center before or after the presentations.