Summer is coming and that means banana pudding is just around the corner! Thanks to the humble banana we have treats like banana pudding, banana bread and banana fosters. Colorado fell in love with the banana in the 1910s, but why? And what was the banana’s tie to the larger role America was taking in her expansion into her Central and South American neighbors? Let’s meet at City Park, a popular place to hold a picnic, and learn about the interesting connection between bananas and American imperialism.Come and join Rachael Storm, History Colorado Curator and Banana expert, as she leads us on a tour of City Park and discusses her research on this topic. We will also support our local community and visit the City Park Farmer’s Market where you can shop for Colorado Proud produce and support small businesses. Of course, you can’t have a tour about bananas without having … a banana! We are partnering with Ba-Nom-A-Nom food truck for some delicious banana-based “nice cream”. Dairy free, gluten free, and delicious, this treat is included in the ticket price (learn more at https://banomanom.com/).Let’s support our community, learn some history about the sweet banana and its tie to American imperialism, and enjoy this transition into the summer months.Ticket includes: Guided City Park tour, engaging presentation, visit to the farmer’s market and a banana “nice cream” (pineapple and mango flavored nice ice cream available for those allergic or adverse to bananas). Please be aware that there will be significant walking during this tour. We will keep to the sidewalks when possible but will also be in the grass with limited shade.