PROMO 64J Logo - Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Sign - Jeanne Sorensen

History Colorado opens satellite exhibit in Eads

Entrance sign at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. © / Jeanne Sorensen

History Colorado opened an exhibit in Eads April 6 entitled The Sand Creek Massacre: The Betrayal That Changed Cheyenne and Arapaho People Forever in the Sand Creek Massacre Visitor Center. The event was hosted by the National Park Service Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and the Sand Creek Massacre Foundation.

Panel discussion at the Sand Creek Massacre Exhibit.


Before the unveiling of the exhibit, there was a panel discussion held at the Eads Senior Citizen Center next door to the visitor center. Panel consisted of:

  • Eugene Ridgley Jr., Northern Arapaho Tribe
  • Chris Tall Bear, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
  • Fred Mosqueda, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
  • Greg Spottedbird-Lamebull, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
  • Andy Masich, Northern Cheyenne Tribe Consultant
  • Alexa Roberts - Sand Creek Massacre Foundation
  • Shannon Voirol - History Colorado

Representatives spoke of the importance and their role in establishing the exhibit.

It was revealed from some of the tribal panel members that what happen at Sand Creek was not talked about beyond their immediate family members. The need-to-know family history interweaves with need of history.

Children examining part of an interactive exhibit at the Sand Creek Massacre visitor center.


The Sand Creek Massacre Foundation received an $81,424 National Park Foundation Inclusive Storytelling grant. A portion of that grant paid for the new exhibit. The Foundation worked closely with History Colorado and NPS on the content.

History Colorado provided the expertise from people who had designed the Denver exhibit and for the fabrication of the materials.

The Northern Cheyenne, Northern Arapaho and Cheyenne, and Arapaho Tribes gave many hours collaborating on the design of the Denver exhibit, and offering suggestions for what content should go into the visitor center’s satellite exhibit.