Press Release

Latino Heritage Month, Black History Trail New App, Events and Much More From History Colorado in September 2022

DENVER (September 1, 2022) History Colorado is pleased to share its compelling new offerings for the month of September 2022. This month will recognize Latino Heritage Month featuring new exhibits, events and programs. 

Tera Haselden Keatts, Philosophy Communication
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Latino Heritage Month honors the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American figures who have motivated others to succeed. History Colorado encourages visitors to participate in a rich tapestry of year-round programming consisting of in-person and online experiences throughout the state.  Generally observed September 15 through October 15, communities across Colorado engage each year to embrace exploration conducted in collaboration with individuals and communities that History Colorado partners with and serves. 

Listed below readers will find a wide range of programming opportunities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month presented by the History Colorado Center.  

Building the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino
History Colorado Center | September 21, 1-2 p.m. 
Attendees are encouraged to take part in Building the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino speaker event, the first in the Rosenberry Lecture Series. The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino, approved by Congress in December 2020, is one of two new museums that will be built over the next decade in Washington D.C. Founding Director, Jorge Zamanillo, will share his approach in leading the project and educate participants on how this museum advances the representation, understanding and appreciation of Latino history and culture in the United States. Tickets available here. 

¡Fandango! Ballet Folklórico Showcase 2022
El Pueblo History Museum | September 24, 11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 
History Colorado presents the ¡Fandango! Ballet Folklórico Showcase 2022 featuring four incredible ballet folklórico dance groups from across the United States performing on the lawn at the El Pueblo History Museum during Pueblo’s Chile and Frijoles Festival. Attendees will witness incredible dance groups including Ballet Folklorico de Barajas from Colorado Springs, CO; Ballet Folklorico de Colores from Mendota, IL; Grupo Folklorico Basaseachi from Denver, CO; and Grupo Xochitl from Pueblo, CO. The ¡Fandango! Ballet Folklórico Showcase is curated by Iskra Merino of Grupo Omawari. Free with festival admission. 

Additional Latino Heritage Month Programming 
History Colorado provides attendees at museums across the state with the knowledge to not only understand, but appreciate Latino history and culture in the United States. Additional upcoming events and exhibitions include the Borderlands of Southern Colorado Initiative at El Pueblo History Museum, the Trinidad History Museum, the History Colorado Center, and the Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center, and El Movimiento at the History Colorado Center and Pueblo Community College. Additionally, History Colorado hosts ongoing Museum of Memory events, which are public history initiatives that work together with Colorado residents to co-author a shared history.  

Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City 
History Colorado Center | Closing September 6 
Building Denver: Visions of the Capital City closes September 5. Building Denver surveys how civic leaders, designers and residents have steadily worked to bring their own visions of Denver to life by captivating the city’s natural landscape, navigating the movement of people across the city and responding to a boom and bust economy. Through each vision, the exhibition examines how design affects everyday life. Invitees will learn the many visions for and stories of the growth, urban development, and architecture of Denver from 1860 to today. Purchase your tickets now. 

You Should’ve Seen It: Pueblo’s Mineral Palace Exhibit 
El Pueblo History Museum | September 9- April 1, 2024 
Opening September 9 at El Pueblo History Museum, a brand new exhibition You Should’ve Seen It: Pueblo’s Mineral Palace Exhibit, follows the strange and little-known history of the Colorado Mineral Palace which stood for 51 years as an icon and representation of the hopes and dreams of the people of Pueblo. The decay and eventual shuttering of the Palace reflected the dire economic circumstances of the Great Depression. To learn more about this fascinating upcoming exhibit click here.

Rosenberry Lecture Series 
History Colorado Center | September 21, 2022 - May 17, 2023 
History Colorado is hosting The Rosenberry Lecture Series which brings speakers monthly from around Colorado and the United States to shed new light on important topics in Colorado history. Attendees will receive the chance to listen to outstanding speakers including Martin J. Smith who will reflect on Colorado’s Unlikely Gender Crossroads: The Remarkable Story Behind the Book “Going to Trinidad”, Adrian Miller who will provide an informative and entertaining look at people and places that shaped Colorado’s barbecue traditions with The Life and Times of Colorado Barbeque and Come On In Dearie: Reclaiming the Stories of Sex Workers in 19th-Century Denver lectured by Ann Sneesby-Koch where she will provide a historical context for sex work in the 19th-century American West and reclaim the stories of women who lived, loved and died on Denver’s Market Street.  For more information on the lectures highlighted each month and to purchase season and virtual tickets click here.

New History Colorado App 
History Colorado is thrilled to announce that a brand new, state-wide mobile guide to exploring heritage and Colorado history has officially launched. This app currently features the Black HistoryTrail, to better highlight the stories of its Black communities throughout its history. The interactive mobile app maps sites and places of Black historical significance to explore throughout Colorado. The initiative pairs important locations, landmarks and artifacts with oral histories from community members who hold deep knowledge about them. History Colorado is hoping that this app will allow curious Coloradans to have history at their fingertips, with a combination of virtual and in-person guided experiences. Download the app today. 

In Case You Missed It Pueblo Chieftain Op-ed 
Executive Director of History Colorado, Dawn DiPrince co-authored an insightful op-ed: Centennial Farms and Ranches Are Redefined, Expanding Colorado Agriculture’s Legacy digging deeper into the American meal experience and agriculture. DiPrince shares, “In our increasingly urban American culture, we only occasionally remember — and sometimes associate — the farmers and ranchers behind the food we eat.” History Colorado encourages readers to celebrate and learn more about our Colorado agricultural legacy as we relish the sweet harvests of this season. Read the article here. 

Echoes from The Collection
A new program from History Colorado’s oral histories recordings was launched on August 16. Listeners can enjoy Echoes from The Collection, 15-minute historical dramas which travel back into the golden age of radio. This program will launch a new episode every Monday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. for 6 weeks. Just in time for fall, the first episode was entitled "Back to School.” History Colorado invites listeners to hear from staff, volunteers, interns and our special guest star, Pepita the Cat, share stories from the (CWA) Pioneer Interviews that were conducted by New Deal historians in the 1930s. Listen to the new series now on our SoundCloud playlist. 

New Events and Programs!
To learn more about History Colorado’s events and programs visit Explore historical places, events and people through lectures, guided tours, and online or in-person classes. Upcoming events include the Antonio Community History Collection at the Outdoor Nutrition Center, Black LGBTQ+ Community Memory Workshop at the Buell Media Center, Northside Photo Scan Day at the Sandoval DPS School, the Twilight Shavano Tours at the Ute Indian Museum and more. 

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 143-year-old institution that operates eleven 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 ten other museums and historic attractions statewide. History Colorado is one of only six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.