Dr. Colorado

Historian/Author/Professor




2018 tours & talks with  "Dr. Colorado "



                                                  All are welcome - please join us








IRELAND FOREVER! AN IRISH TOUR OF DENVER


Sunday, March 11, 2018, Noon - 5:00 P.M.


Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel and former Denver City Auditor Dennis Gallagher for this deluxe bus tour. We’ll start with libations and a Celtic meal and enjoy a slideshow on Colorado’s Irish landmark people and buildings. Afterward, board our deluxe coach for a grand driving tour by such places as the Mullen family residences and associated landmarks and the

Mary Coyle Chase “Harvey” house, We will visit Holy Ghost Church and St. Patrick’s Church for a visit with the Sisters and their holy cookies.

Cost: History CColorado members$59/ Non-members $80 - Includes one drink ticket, a light lunch, all guides and bus transportation.

For more information & registration call 303-866-2394.  



RAILS & HOT SPRINGS OF SOUTHWEST COLORADO


Thursday - Sunday, June 7-10, 2018


Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel on this four-day bus and rail grand tour for choo-choosey Coloradans. We’ll  stop for lunch and a tour of historic Creede that spectacular silver city wedged into a spectacular canyon and stretch our legs in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Relax in the hot waters that have made Pagosa Springs and  Ouray far-famed.  We luxuriate at the splendorous Strater Hotel in Durango and journey from Durango to Silverton aboard the spectacular narrow gauge, steam train. This is Colorado at its best! 

Cost: History Colorado Members $800/ Non-members $875 (single supplement $300). Includes bus transportation, three nights’ lodging, guides, admissions and four meals, including a welcome dinner.


Information & registration at 303-866-2394. RSVP by May 4



ALL ABOARD! RIDING THE RAILS WITH RTD


Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 4:30–9:00 P.M. 


We hope to be aboard the Gold Line to Arvada but if it is still not in service we will take the next best train. Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel and master guide Ryan Mulligan for one of our most popular programs as we ride the rails for a celebration of high summer along the tracks. We will start off with a light supper, libations and a look at Union Station.  


Cost: History Colorado Members $64/ Non-members $80 Includes train transportation, one drink ticket, light dinner, and interpretation.

Information & registration at 303-866-2394.


RAILS IN PARADISE: THE PIKES PEAK REGION



Thursday - Sunday, July 19-22, 2018 


Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for History Colorado’s grand tour of the surviving railroads on and around America’s most famous mountain. The trek includes a climb to the 14,115-foot summit on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, a ride on the historic Cripple Creek & Victor Narrow Gauge Railroad, and a journey on the scenic Royal Gorge Route Railroad. We’ll visit Manitou Springs, Cripple Creek, Victor and Cañon City with stops at the massive Cresson Gold Mine, the Winery at Holy Cross Abbey and other marvels.

Cost: History Colorado members $775/ Non-members $850 (single supplement $225). Price includes bus transportation, three nights’ lodging, guides, interpretation, all admissions and four meals, including a welcome dinner.

Information & registration at 303-866-2394.  RSVP by June 15 at 303-866-2394



​Colorado: The Beer-iest State


​Friday, August 17, 2018, 5:00 PM


Mark Twain (Hugh Bingham) and Dr. Colorado (Tom Noel) look into Colorado's emergence as the state that produces the most beer of all!  With two major national breweries and more that 300 craft breweries and brewpubs, Colorado  is floating in suds. Don't miss this lighthearted historical overview with illustrations!  For this talk, "Colorado: The Beeriest State," convene in the schoolhouse at Frisco History Park, 120 Main Street  Frisco,CO.


Cost:Free


No registration required.



COLOR-ODDITIES: STRANGEST THINGS ABOUT THE HIGHEST STATE


Monday, October 15, 2018, 7:30 PM


Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel, a Professor of History at CU-Denver and author of 52 books on his favorite state, will share with you stories of our state’s most remarkable people, places, creatures and things.  This light-hearted program will give you a quick history of the highest state.

Tom will also be signing his most recent books, including the prize-winning Colorado: A Historical Atlas; Denver Landmarks & Historic Districts; Herndon Davis: Painting Colorado History; A Short History of Denver (with Steve Leonard) and Colorado: A History of the Centennial State (with Carl Abbott & Steve Leonard). These beautiful, full-color coffee table treasures make perfect holiday gifts and can be inscribed any way you fancy.


Location: Highlands Ranch Southridge Recreation Center (Upstairs Auditorium) 4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch 80130


Cost: Free


DENVER’S EAST ASIAN HERITAGE


Sunday, October 21, 2018 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.


Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for a journey through the rich tapestry of the city’s immigrant past by looking at those who joined us from the other side of the Pacific. We’ll explore our Asian heritage, from the lost Chinatown known in the day as Hop Alley to the new and old Tri-State Buddhist Temples to the numerous Vietnamese restaurants along South Federal Boulevard.


Cost: History Colorado Members $64/ Non-members $80. Includes bus transportation, a light lunch, guides, and interpretation.


Information & registration at 303-866-2394



MOUNT OLIVET: HISTORY COLORADO’S 30th ANNUAL CEMETERY CRAWL


Saturday, October 27, 2018 1:00 - 4:30 P.M.


Join Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel and a host of ghosts to prowl Colorado’s second-largest history-haunted necropolis, Mount Olivet Cemetery. Meet underground celebrities exhumed for this creepy occasion, as a star-studded cast portrays some of Colorado’s most historic characters, such as Horace and Elizabeth “Baby Doe” Tabor and Governor William Gilpin. We’ll also inspect the most elaborate private mausoleum in the Rockies. Tomb side taxi service provided by the Model A Ford Club of Colorado.

Cost: History Coloraado Members $34/ Non-members $50. 


Information & registration 303-866-2394




COCOA ON MARKET STREET


Wednesday, November 14, 2018 1:00 - 3:00 P.M.


Join historian Kevin Pharris and Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel for a special program to discover the evolution of Colorado’s most notorious street. Here stood the first stage stop (miraculously still there), the original mint, the houses of horizontal recreation and Asian enclaves. After a walking tour savor  hot chocolate, desserts, a slide talk and visit with Jenny Rogers herself.

Cost: History Colorado Members $59/ Non-members $75. Includes walking tour, sit-down lecture, cocoa, and desserts.


Information & registration 303-866-2394



JAZZ UP THE HOLIDAYS AT THE GRANT-HUMPHREYS MANSION


Wednesday, December 12, 2018 5:30 - 9:00 P.M.


Celebrate Colorado’s diverse  December traditions stories of Colorado holidays past with Tom “Dr. Colorado” Noel and historian Mary O’Neil and their band of merry elves. Some of them even know how to sing, and they’ll entertain us with many a familiar tune.

Cost: History Colorado Members $69/ Non-members $85.

Info & registration 303-866-2394 . Includes interpretation, holiday dessert buffet and snacks.