Children in borderlands

Borderlands of Southern Colorado Online Educator Workshop

In order to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the 2021 workshop will be held virtually. Activities will be conducted synchronously and asynchronously online. Applicants have the choice to select June 20-26, 2021 or June 27-July 3, 2021 for the synchronous portion of the workshop. There is no residential component.

Borderlands of Southern Colorado is a Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop presented by History Colorado and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. This place-based workshop in Colorado’s San Luis Valley shares the multidimensional history of the American southwest through the intersections of geo-political, geographic, cultural, ethnic and religious landscapes. Through the workshops in summer 2021, educators will learn from a diverse and highly-qualified team of scholars, mentors, and community members to examine how shifting historic borders and borderlands in the region have impacted individual and community identity, power, government, ecosystems, economy, land and water, religion and spirituality; and how these borderland issues continue to resonate today.

To survive the borderlands one must live sín fronteras – be a crossroads” - Gloria Anzaldúa (Borderlands)

About History Colorado

History Colorado has become a force for finding new and inclusive ways to serve Coloradans. In 2018 History Colorado provided programs to more than 18,000 students in their own schools, and assisted more than 40 schools with bus funds, to expand efforts that now serve more than 85,000 students annually. Its all-day Hands-On History program at El Pueblo History Museum responds to the four-day school week that is now administered by 61% of Colorado school districts. 

History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving the places, stories and material culture of Colorado through the History Colorado Center and statewide Community Museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections and outreach to Colorado communities.


Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this seminar, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.