History Colorado Commemorates Latino Heritage Month with Exhibits, Special Events, and Gatherings for Audiences throughout Colorado
Festivals, new exhibits, performances, and a special event in Spanish help make Latino Heritage Month one of the most exciting times of the year to embrace Colorado’s history. historycolorado.org/latino-history-heritage | #HistoryColorado
EN ESPAÑOL | DENVER — August 25, 2021 — History Colorado announces a full slate of in-person and online experiences throughout the state during Latino Heritage Month 2021, Sept. 15–Oct. 15.
Colorado business leader Linda Alvarado, the first Latino owner of a Major League Baseball team, kicks off the panoply of activities with her appearance for the Bold Women. Change History. Speaker Series at the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver and live online on Wednesday, September 15 at 7 p.m. Along with biographies and articles, tickets and more information about all activities are available at historycolorado.org/latino-history-heritage.
History Colorado strives to be a place of belonging for all Coloradans and to always serve as a platform for community connection. This commemoration, generally observed September 15–October 15 in communities across Colorado each year, is an exciting time to embrace exploration conducted year-round throughout our museums and historic sites statewide. Opportunities to connect with community and history around Latino Heritage Month include:
Armando Geneyro: Brick & Soul at the History Colorado Center, Denver
See Denver and its people through the eyes of a talented Latino photojournalist who connects Denver’s built environment with the inhabitants who shape its meaning. Included with general admission.
Borderlands of Southern Colorado in Denver, Fort Garland, Pueblo, and Trinidad
A world of resistance and resilience takes shape in these bilingual offerings that explore the shifting geopolitical history of southern Colorado from Chicano, Indigenous, and Mestizo perspectives. The Unsilenced installation at the Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center supports inquiry into the developing topic of Indigenous captivity. Trinidad History Museum’s new Borderlands exhibit exploring the history of the Sante Fe Trail opens September 24.
Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City at the History Colorado Center, Denver
The critically acclaimed core exhibit of History Colorado’s Building Denver initiative features histories of displacement and resistance in the neighborhoods of La Alma / Lincoln Park and Auraria, and showcases the leadership and vision of former mayor Federico Peña, who is a key figure in the formation of the city we know today. Included with general admission.
El Movimiento: The Chicano Movement in Colorado at the History Colorado Center, Denver
The story of a central element of the Civil Rights Movement in Colorado, this core exhibit at the History Colorado Center features artifacts, photographs, archived video recordings, and the voices of the activists themselves to narrate their struggle for human rights, student activism, the Vietnam War, and much more. Included with general admission. People in southern Colorado can also explore El Movimientoat Pueblo Community College.
The Espinosa Brothers’ Petaca—Borderlands History and Conservation | Live online
Thursday, Sept. 2, 7–8:30 p.m. ($3–5)
Learn about the mysteries and realities behind the trunk of the Espinosa Brothers, one of the most impactful and interesting items in History Colorado’s collection. Individuals can donate to support conservation of the trunk at coloradogives.org/HCConservation.
Bruja Brew Fest at El Pueblo History Museum
Saturday, Sept. 11, 6–10 p.m. ($25–45, ages 21+)
All proceeds from this gathering devoted to Colorado beers and ciders support educational programming at the museum. Tickets are available at the door and at h-co.org/BrujaBrewFest.
Fandango Folklórico at El Pueblo History Museum
Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Discover ballet folklórico groups from around the country on the beautiful grounds of El Pueblo History Museum during Pueblo’s chile and frijoles festival.
Opening Celebration:Folklórico Espectacular featuring Amalia Hernández at El Pueblo History Museum
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 5–7 p.m.
Celebrate History Colorado’s newest exhibition developed in partnership with the Consulate of Mexico. Folklórico Espectacular celebrates the origin of Ballet Folklórico in Mexico, its arrival in the United States, and the people who brought it to Pueblo where it remains a vibrant and celebrated tradition to this day. It also features photos chronicling the life and performances of Mexican choreographer Amalia Hernández, who changed the scene of dance around the world thanks to her vibrant, colorful, and powerful performances emphasizing the diverse yet shared cultural arts of Mexico.
Chicanas: Nurturers and Warriors at the History Colorado Center
Wednesday, October 6, 5 p.m. (free; advance registration required)
Enjoy a new “I Am Denver” project from the City and County of Denver’s Office of Storytelling. This new video was catalyzed by History Colorado’s Year of La Chicana initiative organized by El Movimiento Advisory Committee. Following a community happy hour at 5 p.m. with a salsa and chips bar and beverages for purchase, the film screens at 6 p.m. Denver's own Chicano activist and advisory member Ricardo La Foré will lead an exhibit tour of El Movimiento following the viewing.
Ofrendas for El Día de Muertos in Denver, Fort Garland, Pueblo, and Trinidad
Beginning in the first week of October
History Colorado proudly hosts public altars developed with community partners where guests can view the contributions of others and leave their own tributes. Visitors can leave copies of photographs, write letters to lost loved ones, or make tissue paper flowers in memory of a loved one.
About History Colorado
History Colorado is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a 501(c)3 non-profit that has served more than 75,000 students and 500,000 people in Colorado each year. It is a 142-year-old institution that operates Colorado’s oldest museum, nine additional museums and historic sites, a free public research center, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF), which is the nation’s largest preservation program of its kind. More than 70% of SHF grants are allocated in rural areas of the state.
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 and sharing the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through educational programs, historic preservation grants, collecting, outreach to Colorado communities, the History Colorado Center and Stephen H. Hart Research Center in Denver, and nine other museums and historic attractions statewide. History Colorado is one of only six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado. Visit HistoryColorado.org, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.