A sense of time, a sense of place.

The Colorado Institute of Historical Geography was created to develop and support the reintegration of scholarly thought in the fields of geography and history. Encouraging the broader perspective inherent in thinking of whole system dynamics, the institute recognizes the synergy of time and place in the course of human events. Events occur in time and in a physical place; they are influenced by the world around them. In turn, these events create changes to the human as well as the natural and built environments. It is an endless cycle of recreation.

In like manner, the telling of our history continues to evolve. With exponentially growing access to archival geographical information and with the development of digital graphical technologies, today's scholar has tools to reinterpret and reimagine historical research beyond the limits of verbal and written form. At the same time, new histories allow differing interpretations and portrayals of the universe we live in.


Embodying the scholarly tradition of commitment to excellence in research and teaching, the Institute nurtures the development and the sharing of a greater understanding of the human condition. In the academic realm, it fosters the growth of a community of like-minded professionals, promotes critical discussion of historical themes and methods, and encourages reflections on the origins and legacies of historical events.


The Institute recognizes the importance of public engagement, education, and awareness of our shared heritage. We are committed to making history accessible, contributing in real and lasting ways to the growth of the Commons we inhabit in our daily lives. In addition to sponsoring community events with an historical focus, we embrace the opportunity to share the findings of our research. We consider it part of our mission to share our work with a community audience as wide as possible, in ways that are at once rigorous and engaging.


Above all we recognize and honor the value of history as the guardian of public memory. We are One, and the study and sharing of history are unique in their ability to invoke that spirit.



The Mission

of the

Colorado Institute


Historical Geography


To encourage the continued growth of the community and all its members


by emphasizing our common interests


through nurturing a sense of time and a sense of place.

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