The Avondale Neighborhood Memory project demonstrates the resilience of a community with the rise, fall, and upswing within Colorado’s changing economy. Avondale, a rural community in Pueblo County in Southern Colorado, is rich in military history, agriculture, and sports. This Neighborhood Memory project is a collaboration between History Colorado's El Pueblo History Museum and community members from Avondale.
After a meeting with the Colorado Trust, History Colorado was approached by the Avondale Resident Team, a community-led advocacy organization, to collaborate on a community oral history project to support their health equity efforts in Avondale. The resident team already had a committee and main organizer that would lead the Neighborhood Memory Project efforts. The project focuses on gathering collective and individual oral histories of the community through several memory workshops and on training committee members from the community to conduct oral histories to document the community's memories of place.
Header Image: Avondale community members participating in a memory workshop. Courtesy of The Colorado Trust. Photos by Joe Mahoney.
Avondale is primarily a Mexican-American and Italian community. This was a booming town when the Pueblo Army Depot and the generational farms were in high production. There were several businesses that lined the main street before hard times started to hit the community. There is a rich history of veterans, military, agriculture, religion, and sports. The community is seeing an economic rise from marijuana farms. This has brought money and people back into the community.
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