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from Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership, the Estes Park Museum, and the Estes Valley Library

You’ve likely heard the words “true history” used in books, articles, and movies. Something announces, “This is the true history” of an event, a place, or a person. The words sound compelling and authoritative. Yet more and more, there is growing awareness that historical narratives are, in fact, composed of specific interpretations of events, while leaving other interpretations out. As Winston Churchill famously said, “History is written by the victors.”

As part of the local Living Room Conversation series, the community is invited to a dialogue on “History and Society” on Wednesday, July 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m at the Estes Park Museum.

The conversation will explore how historical narratives do more than just represent the past—they’re also oriented toward the future. They create deep beliefs about who we are, where we come from, and what are the right prospects. They construct images of the others and meanings of intergroup relations, sometimes describing others as enemies or allies, superiors or inferiors. Historical monuments are a timely example, as many communities around the U.S. re-examine figures previously revered in their village squares. Through the dialogue, we’ll gain a deeper understanding and talk about what it all means.

The discussion will use the nationally-recognized “Living Room Conversation” model, which facilitates connections between people. Participants will have the opportunity to share, listen, and learn within the natural style of a small-group setting.

The July 21 program will be held in-person at the Estes Park Museum, led by facilitators from Estes Valley Restorative Justice Partnership (EVRJP). Museum staff will be taking part in the conversation. The program is a collaborative effort among EVRJP, the Museum, and the Estes Valley Library.

Join us to share your perspectives, learn about the experiences of others, and potentially leave with stronger connections and a shared sense of community. The online registration includes a link to the 2-page Conversation Guide, which participants are encouraged to read through beforehand.  Since this program is interactive, attendees will be asked to engage with and contribute to the conversation.

Visit www.estes.org/community-conversations to learn about the series. Find out more about July’s program and sign up at estesvalleylibrary.org. Advance registration is required, which allows the facilitators to make preparations based on the number of participants.