Program Details: Open to the public

Latino History Project


The 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 in Boulder County 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 LHP 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 2019-20 we will hold workshops together with local organizations in Alamosa/the southern San Luis Valley, Trinidad/Los Animas County, and Pueblo. For each place we have developed and put onto a website Primary Source Sets of material about local Latino lives and culture as well as sample Lesson Plans (latinohistoryproject.org). Some of the workshops will be for preK-12 educators, while others are for community members and students about why it is important to preserve the sources that document the experiences of local Latinos and how to take care of these materials so they will last into the future. This exciting expansion is helping to bring a greater appreciation for Latino history and culture to places throughout Colorado.

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.

Locations


In Colorado

  • Alamosa
  • Antonito
  • Boulder
  • Fort Garland
  • Longmont
  • Pueblo
  • Trinidad
  • Walsenburg

Program Partners


Supporting This Program

  • 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 Division of Mine Safety and Reclamation
  • Colorado Health Foundation
  • 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)
  • Fort Garland Museum (History Colorado)
  • 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)
  • Steelworks Center of the West, Pueblo
  • Teaching Primary Sources project (Library of Congress, based at Metro)
  • 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
  • Education, School of

    • BUENO Center for Multicultural Education

    Program Contact


    Marjorie McIntosh
    Coordinator
    marjorie.mcintosh@colorado.edu
    720-666-2255

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 Research
  • Exhibition
  • Lesson Plans/Teaching Resources
  • Online Resources
  • Professional Development - Teacher
  • Public Lecture/Demonstration
  • Volunteer Services
  • Workshop

Audiences:

  • Adult Learners
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • General Public
  • 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

We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community. Please contact the program directly for current information.