I know this is hard to believe, but one of the most remarkable social movements of the late 19th century was a drive towards intellectualism.
Once upon a time in an age before films, digitally recorded music, and massive amount of content on the internet, people self-organized into groups to learn about history, science, music, religion, and art. They felt a need to learn about the world, even without the need for certificates and credentials. They just wanted to know more.
As a consequence, there was a mass education populist movement that began in New York during the latter part of the 1800s and was quickly picked up and franchised around the country.
Today’s question is to figure out what the backstory is to this movement--what was it, where did it begin... AND to learn how much the organization changed the land around it. We’ll look at one specific locale in the West to see what’s happened.
1. Even after more than 100 years, one of these education franchises is still very active and very well-known in Colorado. What's it called and what city is it in? (For search fanatics, give us the lat/long.)
2. Can you find a current photo of the grounds of this institution AND a photo from a 1899? (We’re going to ask for a highly reputable source for the image from more than 100 years ago.)
3. What’s the most striking difference in the appearance of the land between now and 100 years ago? (For extra-extra credit, can you show both current and 1899 views side-by-side?)