Program Details:

Boulder County Latino History Project


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The Boulder County Latino History Project helps to correct the widespread omission of Latinos from local history books and school curriculums. It began in 2013 as a community-based initiative to document and make known the previously invisible experiences of Latinos in Longmont, Lafayette, and Boulder over the past century. The project’s 100 volunteers and interns assembled 1,600 primary sources of many types: oral history interviews and other biographical materials, family photographs, information from old newspapers, school records, U.S. Censuses, and data about the occupations and employers of Latinos and where they lived over time. This rich collection of material is available on the initiative’s website: bocolatinohistory.colorado.edu. Members of the project have given many presentations to local groups and produced an exhibit about Mexican American history in the Southwest, which has been displayed in libraries throughout the county and in Denver. Prof. Emerita Marjorie McIntosh wrote a pair of books about what the project has learned: Latinos of Boulder County, Colorado, 1900-1980.

The BCLHP also works to get material about local Latinos into PreK-12 classrooms. Preparing students to become good citizens in a multicultural society requires knowing about and honoring everyone who has been part of our history and all the people who contribute to our communities today. Latino students gain a greater sense of pride and a more positive identity from learning about their own heritage. To this end, the project has run workshops each summer since 2014 to introduce teachers in Boulder County and adjoining regions to primary sources about Latino history and culture, work with them in developing lesson plans that incorporate such material, and talk about how to discuss difficult issues of race, ethnicity, and privilege with their students. All of the project’s Primary Source Sets and Lesson Plans are available on a special website, along with many other educational resources: teachbocolatinohistory.colorado.edu.

Since 2017, the Latino History Project has been building partnership with other communities and school districts in Colorado. In 2018-19 we will hold workshops together with local organizations in Alamosa/the southern San Luis Valley, Trinidad/Los Animas County, Pueblo, and Adams-12 school district (in north Denver). This exciting expansion is helping to bring a greater appreciation for Latino history and culture to places throughout Colorado.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.

Locations


In Colorado

Takes place in over 10 Colorado cities.
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  • Alamosa
  • Antonito
  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Erie
  • Federal Heights
  • Frederick
  • Lafayette
  • Longmont
  • Mead
  • Northglenn
  • Pueblo
  • San Luis
  • Thornton
  • Trinidad
  • Westminster

Program Partners


Supporting This Program

  • Adams 12 School District (www.adams12.org)
  • Boulder Valley School District (www.bvsd.org)
  • Carnegie Branch Library for Local History, Boulder Library (boulderlibrary.org/carnegie)
  • Carnegie Library of Trinidad (www.carnegiepubliclibrary.org)
  • Colorado Chapter, AARP (states.aarp.org/category/colorado)
  • Colorado State University Pueblo-Archives (www.csupueblo.edu/library/archives/index.html)
  • Community Foundation Serving Boulder County (www.commfound.org/about)
  • El Comité de Longmont (www.elcomitedelongmont.org)
  • El Pueblo Museum, Pueblo (www.historycolorado.org/el-pueblo-history-museum)
  • Longmont Museum (www.ci.longmont.co.us/museum)
  • Maria Rogers Oral History Program, Carnegie Branch Library for Local History (boulderlibrary.org/carnegie/collections/mrohp.html)
  • Pueblo City/County Public Library (www.pueblolibrary.org)
  • Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, San Luis Valley (sdcnha.org/wp/)
  • Southern Colorado Coal Miner’s Museum, Trinidad (no website)
  • St. Vrain Valley School District (www.svvsd.org)
  • Trinidad History Museum (part of History Colorado) (www.historycolorado.org/museums/trinidad-history-museum-0)

Sponsoring Units


Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Ethnic Studies, Department of
  • History, Department of
  • Continuing Education, Division of

    • Office for Outreach and Engagement
    • Education, School of

      • BUENO Center for Multicultural Education

      Program Contact


      Marjorie McIntosh
      Coordinator
      marjorie.mcintosh@colorado.edu
      303-443-5382

Program Categories


Topics:

  • Community Resource
  • Community Volunteering
  • Diversity
  • Education (Adult)
  • Education (K-12)
  • Education (Pre-K/Early Learning)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Literature
  • Social Sciences
  • Teacher Renewal & Enhancement

Program Types:

  • Certificate Program
  • Civic Engagement
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Community Development
  • Community Event
  • Exhibition
  • Lesson Plans/Teaching Resources
  • Online Resources
  • Professional Development - Teacher
  • Public Lecture/Demonstration
  • Volunteer Services
  • Workshop

Audiences:

  • At-Risk Youth
  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Rural Communities
  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged
  • Students - Early Learning
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - ESL
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Homeschooled
  • Students - Middle School
  • Teachers - Early Learning
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Teachers - Middle School
  • Urban Communities