Professor Jeff Broome, PhD to Present Program to Prowers County Historical Society

Jeff Broome, PhD in philosophy and a long-tenured professor at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton

Jeff Broome, PhD in philosophy and a long-tenured professor at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton

Jeff Broome, PhD in philosophy and a long-tenured professor at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, will present the program at the Prowers County Historical Society at Big Timbers Museum at 7:00 PM Thursday, April 16th. Guests arriving early will be entertained by Jeff playing original acoustic finger-style guitar from his latest CD.

Jeff is a well-published author on the Plains Indian wars in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska, and will be speaking of incidents taken from his newest book, Cheyenne War: Indian Raids on the Roads to Denver, 1864-1869. Included in the presentation will be the story of the killing of the Nathan Hungate family near Denver on June 11, 1864, one of the preludes to Sand Creek. He will also talk about the capture and later murder of Clara Blinn and her young son, Willie, which occurred October 9, 1868. The Blinn’s ran a way station east of the present Big Timbers Museum about 7 miles where Sand Creek enters the Arkansas River. Clara and Willie were captured on the north side of the Arkansas near present day Lamar. Jeff will also share an interesting story of captivity of two young sisters, taken near present-day Cheyenne, by Indians who survived Sand Creek. Jeff’s great-great uncle was with the 3rd Colorado Cavalry at Sand Creek, and was credited by his commanding officer for killing White Antelope. Jeff’s family has been in Colorado since 1859.

Jeff’s passion and focus on the Indian wars is mostly on the civilian victims of this five-year war, which began with his first book, Dog Soldier Justice: The Ordeal of Susanna Alderdice in the Kansas Indian War. Susanna was killed at her rescue near Sterling on July 11, 1869, at the Summit Springs fight.

Jeff will have copies of his books, CD and other publications, for sale at the museum after his talk.

Arapahoe Community College
5900 S. Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80160-9002
(303) 794-8120 – (303) 797-5787


University of Colorado, Boulder: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Dec. 1998. Major: Philosophy (MA, 1993)

Baylor University, Waco, TX: Master of Arts (MA), Dec. 1976. Major: Philosophy

Colorado State University at Pueblo: Bachelor of Science (BS), June 1975. Major: Psychology and Philosophy

St. John’s Military School, Salina, Kansas, 1967-1971



Dog Soldier Justice: The Ordeal of Susanna Alderdice in The Kansas Indian War, Lincoln County Historical Society, October, 2003; Reprinted 2009 with the University of Nebraska Press as a Bison Book, with new Foreword and Preface

Custer into the West, with the Journal and Maps of Lieutenant Henry Jackson, Upton and Sons, Publishers, January, 2009

Edited, John O. Nelson, Hume’s “New Scene of Thought” and the Several Faces of David Hume in the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, University Press of America, December, 2009.

Cheyenne War: Indian Raids on the Roads to Denver, 1864-1869, Aberdeen Books/Logan County Historical Society, December, 2013.


“On the Authorship of the Abstract: A Reply to John O. Nelson,” Hume Studies, Vol. 18:1, April 1992

“The Experience of Philosophy,” Teaching Philosophy, Vol. 13:2, June 1990

“Sergeant James Harrison Smith, 10 Years in the 7th Cavalry, but Did He Participate in The Battle of The Little Bighorn?” Research Review of the Little Big Horn Associates, Vol. 14:1, Winter, 2000 (winner of the annual Lawrence Frost Literary Award, June 2001)

“Interview: A Conversation With Historian John Monnett,” Journal of the Indian Wars, Vol. 1:4, 2000

“On Locating the Kidder Massacre Site of 1867,” The Denver Westerners Roundup, Vol. LVI: 4, July-August 2000

“Custer, Kidder and the Tragedy at Beaver Creek,” Wild West, June 2002

“Libbie Custer’s Conversation With Tom Alderdice … The Rest of the Story,” The Denver Westerners Roundup, Vol. LVII: 4, July-August 2001. Revised version published as a chapter in Custer and His Times, Book 4, edited by John Hart, July 2002

“Death at Summit Springs: Susanna Alderdice and the Cheyennes,” Wild West, October, 2003 “Indian Raids in Elbert County, Colorado: New facts on the 1864 Hungate and 1868 Dietemann Murders,” Denver Westerners Roundup, Vol. LVIX: 3, April/May, 2003

“Sergeant James Harrison Smith’s Account of the Little Bighorn Fight,” Greasy Grass, June, 2004

Review of Washita: The U.S. Army and the Southern Cheyennes, 1967-1869, by Jerome Greene, Pacific Historical Review, November, 2005, 626-627

“The 1864 Hungate Family Massacre,” Wild West, June, 2006

“Indian Depredation Claims: One of the Roads to the Little Big Horn,” Papers of the Annual Symposium of the Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association, CBHMA, June 2006

“Custer’s Summer Indian Campaign: Desertions at Riverside Station,” Research Review of the Little Big Horn Associates, Vol. 20:1, Summer, 2006

“Custer’s First Fight With Plains Indians,” Wild West, June, 2007

“Custer’s Summer Indian Campaign of 1867: New Information on Custer’s first Skirmish with Hostile Indians,” Custer and His Times, Book 5, edited by John Hart, June, 2008

“Custer’s Summer Indian Campaign of 1867,” Denver Westerners Roundup, Vol. LXIV: 4, July/August, 2008

“Wild Bill Hickok’s 1870 Hays City Brawl With Custer’s Troopers,” Journal of the Wild West History Association, Volume IV, Number 6, December 2011

“An Accident in History: The Soldier that Almost Killed Wild Bill Hickok. Was it John Kelley, John Kyle, or John Kile? The 1870 Hays City Brawl,” Denver Westerners Roundup, Spring, 2012

“Wild Bill Hickok’s Hays City Brawl with Soldiers of Custer’s 7th Cavalry, Wild West, fall, 2012”

“The Soldier Whom Wild Bill Hickok killed in the 1870 Hays City Brawl,” Journal of America’s Military Past, Spring, 2012

“Wild Bill Hickok’s Famous Brawl With Custer’s Troopers,” English Westerners Brand Book, Spring 2012.

“Wild Bill Hickok’s Hays City Brawl with Soldiers of Custer’s 7th Cavalry,” Research Review of the Little Big Horn Associates, Summer, 2012

“Collateral Damage: Sand Creek and the Fletcher Family Indian Captivity Story,” Denver Westerners Roundup, Fall, 2014.

Papers delivered:

“Custer, Kidder and the Beaver Creek Massacre of 1867.” Read at Westerners of Denver, Cheyenne, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins; Elizabeth High School and Arapahoe Community College

“Susanna Alderdice, the Spillman Creek Raid and the Battle at Summit Springs.” Read at Lincoln County Historical Museum Society, Lincoln, Kansas, November 2000 and October 2001. Revised version read at Arapahoe Community College, Denver Indian Wars Symposium, Feb. 2001 and the ACC Distinguished Lecture Series, December 2001. Another version read at the Salina Library (Kansas), Oct. 2002. Also presented to the Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver Westerners, 2001

Numerous talks across America since 2003, covering the Indian wars in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska, Custer from 1867-1876, Indian depredation claims, Indian raids, Indian captivity, etc. averaging about 8 per year.

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