Historian Phil Goodstein on knowing the past and shaping the present in Denver

What is "Instant redevelopment?"

Instant history, where people know nothing and try and reshape the history, tear it apart and claim that they are the pioneers. I want to help create a feeling of how this area developed, so people have an understanding of what the place is about, what they can accomplish and what they can achieve. By understanding the past, you understand how the present got shaped out of the past, and by so doing that you can plot your future by understanding the forces that have shaped the present.

Have you worked with Tattered Cover before?

Oh, yes. In fact, when they moved to the new location they invited me over to give a talk about the history and the building they were moving into there on Colfax, and about the neighborhoods, so they would have an understanding about where they were moving.

What's your favorite part of a book reading?

Seeing how what I'm saying resonates with the public at large, and sharing their memories of the area, as well. In fact, I've had North Denver residents who are eager to correct me because I made a couple of genealogical errors in the book.

Anything else you would like to add?

If people look forward to a dull, typical reading they should stay away. I try and be quite lively and extemporaneous in my performance.

Goodstein's reading and signing starts tonight at 7:30, at the Colfax Tattered Cover.

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Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue

2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

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