Press Release

El Movimiento exhibit closing at El Pueblo History Museum

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 12, 2018) – El Pueblo History Museum’s exhibit El Movimiento: The Chicano Movement in Colorado and Pueblo will be coming to a close. The museum will host a closing celebration free to the public on Saturday, March 24, 2018, with activities from 10 am to 4 pm and a program from 4 to 7 pm.

El Movimiento documents the journey from exploitation to empowerment through the voices of the people who marched, organized and struggled for justice. Throughout Colorado, the embers of El Movimiento burned hot, igniting boycotts, demonstrations, and other events throughout the late 60s and early 70s. Although scheduled to close in December 2016, El Movimiento was kept open for over a year longer due to the importance and popularity of the stories in the exhibit.

"The Chicano Movement changed our community and nation in important and measurable ways. It has been an honor to work with the history makers in this community to build this exhibit and share this important history, from the Casa Verde Mothers to health care access to the civil rights of students in Pueblo's District 60,” said Dawn DiPrince, Director of El Pueblo History Museum. “Through our work with this bold and inspirational community, we are reminded that justice is a journey. While El Movimiento is historical, the work of The Movement continues to shape our present and future.”

On the day of the closing, there will be free museum admission, button and poster making stations, crafts, and a scavenger hunt. Three Chicano Movement films will be screened throughout the day – La Raza de Colorado at 10 am, Symbols of Resistance at noon, and Neva Romero: Jamas Olvidados at 2 pm.

At 4 pm there will be a closing ceremony with speakers who worked in the Chicano Movement and on the El Movimiento exhibit and there will be a shared meal. Additionally, Grupo Xochitl and Grupo Folklorico will perform. At 6:45 pm, there will be a blessing and a procession out of the museum. These programs are open to the public.

The El Movimiento exhibit panels will move into a hallway at El Pueblo History Museum to remain accessible. Additionally, the El Movimiento exhibit at the History Colorado Center in Denver is open permanently.

From March 26 to 31, El Pueblo History Museum will be closed for renovation related to the upcoming Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit.

El Pueblo History Museum is located at 301 N. Union Avenue in historic downtown Pueblo. The museum is open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, call 719-583-0453.