Patty Limmerick has been named the new Colorado State Historian. Limmerick is the director of the Center of the American West in CU Boulder. She is a lecturer, author and teacher, as well as a columnist whose writing can regularly be seen in the Denver Post. She is known for her vivid accounts on the American West history.
Limmerick undertakes the post through the partnership between History Colorado, an agency running all the major museums and the archives in the state, and the University of Colorado. She will continue working as a teacher and researcher, while organizing public events for her new job.
The new State Historian is known for her practical approach to the history that can be seen in her book called “Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West”. Limmerick has received the McArthur Fellowship. She is also a member of the National Council for the Humanities.