The new state historian wants kids to know their families' stories. That way they can understand what forces shaped the present and embrace differences. Nicki Gonzales begins her one-year term as historian on Sunday, August 1, which is "Colorado Day," the day Colorado became a state in 1876. Gonzales is a Professor of History and Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Regis University. She's also a member of History Colorado's State Historian's Council. And is now, the first Latina to be named Colorado's State Historian.