Press Release

El Pueblo History Museum to host Borderlands of Southern Colorado lecture series

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 24, 2018) – El Pueblo History Museum will host scholars, artists, writers, and activists from around the United States for a Borderlands of Southern Colorado lecture series this fall. The series will run each week from October 4 to November 14. Each lecture will expand the understanding of the topics in the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit that opened at the museum in May.

Topics for the series will include borderlands foods, indigenous slavery in the Southwest, indigenous and borderlands art, land rights and dispossession, and more. Speakers, including author Gustavo Arellano, professor Nick Saenz, activist Andrea Mérida Cuéllar, poet Emmy Pérez, and others will come from around Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and California.

“These diverse voices will certainly add to our collective understanding of the borderlands by exploring the culture, geographies, literature, and art that make borderlands unique places,” said Dawn DiPrince, director of El Pueblo History Museum. “It is exciting that we can bring so many of these nationally recognized thinkers to Pueblo.”

The talks will be at the following times:

  • Thursday, October 4, at 6 pm: Nick Saenz, from Adams State University, will present “From Vision to Reality: Making Borderlands of Southern Colorado.” Hosted with the Pueblo Archaeological and Historical Society.

  • Wednesday, October 10, at 6 pm: Independent scholar Virginia Sanchez will present “Survivors of Captivity: Agent Lafayette Head's 1865 Indian Census.”

  • Thursday, October 18, at 6 pm: Journalist and author Gustavo Arellano will present “Mexican Food Along the Borderlands (That Even Extend to Colorado).”

  • Wednesday, October 24, at 6 pm: Borderlands poet Emmy Pérez, of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will present “With the River on Our Face: Poems from the Borderlands.”

  • Thursday, October 25, at 10 am: Emmy Pérez will present a creative writing workshop open to all levels of writers, “Writing from Family Stories, Our Lives, and Our Communities.”

  • Tuesday, October 30, at 6 pm: Leland Chapin of the Northern Río Grande National Heritage Area, will present “Art in the Borderlands: A Conversation with a Curator.”

  • Wednesday, November 7, at 6 pm: Maira Álvarez & Sylvia Fernández, of Borderlands Archives Cartography, will present “Understanding U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: Newspapers Mapping Geographical Borders.”

  • Wednesday, November 7, at 6 pm: Andrea Mérida Cuéllar will present “Dispossession in the Borderlands.”

Each talk is free and open to the public, and coffee and biscochitos will be provided. The series will continue in January with more speakers to be announced in late 2018.

El Pueblo History Museum, located at 301 N. Union Avenue in historic downtown Pueblo, marks the site of the international border between Mexico and the United States prior to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. It is open Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Admission to the museum is $5 for adults and $4 for children, students and seniors (65+). Current exhibits include Borderlands of Southern Colorado, Without Border: Art Sín Fronteras, Children of Ludlow and the Museum of Memory.

El Pueblo History Museum showcases the city's history and the region's many cultural and ethnic groups. The property includes a re-created 1840s adobe trading post and plaza, and the archeological excavation site of the original 1842 El Pueblo trading post. El Pueblo History Museum is a Community Museum of History Colorado. For more information, visit