Past Events

2017 Botanic Gardens

Alpha Association members and their guests enjoyed a private tour of the Alexander Calder exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is considered one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century and is known for his bold, energetic sculptures. The DBG exhibit — Calder: Monumental — featured iconic works of bolted steel plate that rise in sweeping curves, or that punctuate space with geometric lines, to reveal the artist’s exploration of forms, volumes, and voids. Using shapes that resonate with the natural world, Calder’s large, lively abstractions interact in interesting ways with the surrounding landscape.After the tour members and guests shared a picnic dinner.

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2017 Annual Banquet

Annual Banquet. Alpha Association’s annual banquet was held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the famed Briarwood Inn at 1630 8th Street in Golden. Our after dinner speaker was Dr. Elizabeth Campbell (Karlsgodt), an associate professor in the History Department at the University of Denver. She spoke about the legacy of Nazi looting of Jewish art collections during World War II. She included topics from her first book which examined French cultural policy toward the looting during the German occupation, and information from her current book project which focuses on the Allied recovery of art that had been looted from Jewish collections by the Nazis or sold under duress during the Occupation, comparing restitution practices in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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2016 Annual Meeting

Annual meeting at University Club of Denver. After election of officers for the coming year and lunch, Professor Robert S. Anderson, a geomorphologist from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at University of Colorado, Boulder, spoke about the evolution of the Colorado Front Range and the impact of the September 2013 floods.

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2016 Denver Crime Lab

Tour of Denver Crime Lab. Alpha Association members and guests toured the new state-of-the-art Denver Crime Lab located at 1371 Cherokee St., Denver. The guided tour included a short film and question and answer period. The tour was followed by lunch at nearby Dozens Restaurant.

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2016 DIA

Alpha Association members and guests took a ride on the newly opened A line commuter rail train from Union Station to Denver International Airport, followed by lunch at the Vine and Grill Restaurant in the Westin Hotel at DIA.

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2016 Annual Banquet

Annual Banquet. Alpha Association’s 2016 annual banquet was held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue, in Denver. Our after dinner speaker was Christine Edwards Stewart, a Lockheed Martin Systems Engineer, Mars Reconaissance Orbiter Operations, and NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador. Her topic was Finding Water on Mars with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Team.

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2015 Tour of ART Hotel

PBK Alpha Association members and their guests had a private tour of the contemporary art collection at the new ART Hotel in downtown Denver. The tour was led by Jette Braun, who worked with Dianne Vanderlip (former curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum) to select and install the art pieces in the hotel.

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2015 Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting. The annual meeting was held at Mount Vernon Country Club in Golden. The speaker was Dr. Elizabeth Fenn, History Department Chair at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She spoke about her new book, Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History.

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2015 Rocky Mountain National Park

Visit to Rocky Mountain National Park in commemoration of its 100th anniversary.

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2015 Sherpa House

The Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center in Golden was the setting for lunch and an open discussion attended by seven PBK Alpha Association members. After lunch, several of the group visited various Golden attractions.

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