Mosaic of diverse faces

an initiative of History Colorado

We Are Colorado

We've launched a new initiative, We Are Colorado! We're gathering and sharing stories to celebrate the diverse communities of Colorado's history and future.

Hemos lanzado la nueva iniciativa ¡Somos Colorado! con el fin de capturar y compartir las historias que celebran la diversidad de las comunidades de la historia y el futuro de Colorado.

Burmese refugee family in front of apartment
Photo by Angela Buckley
Burmese refugee women taking English class
Photo by Angela Buckley
young Burmese girl smiling under table
Photo by Angela Buckley
Burmese refugee women taking English class
Photo by Angela Buckley
Burmese girl in birthday hat
Photo by Angela Buckley
young girl drawing during English class for Burmese refugee women
Photo by Angela Buckley
young girl drawing during English class for Burmese refugee women
Photo by Angela Buckley
Burmese refugee women taking English class
Photo by Angela Buckley
young boy on Big Wheel bike in apartment
Photo by Angela Buckley
Burmese refugee women during English class
Photo by Angela Buckley

Join us!

Learn about volunteer opportunities here.

Click links below to find out more about upcoming events:

Family History Resources at Hart Research Library (July 14)

Community Collection Day at Hispanic Genealogy Society (August 18)

 

Oral histories

What's an "oral history"? Oral histories are the recorded voices of the past in an interview format. They can be someone's own memories and recollections or the stories they've gathered. They aren't recordings of events, nor are they prepared speeches or diary entries. They're conversations—directed to helping researchers and listeners learn something about the past.

Listen to stories of the traditionally Mexican American Salt Creek community in Pueblo County (samples to left)

Read transcripts of oral histories

Want to collect your family's oral histories? Download these instructions.

Discover more about your family's history using Hart Research Library's free Ancestry.com account!

 

Coming soon: Globeville-Elyria-Swansea Neighborhood Memory Project

The Neighborhood Memory Project is a writing and storytelling program geared towards long-term residents and new residents of a specific neighborhood. We use site-based remembering techniques to jump-start writing and storytelling that reanimates the community history of a place. Neighbors write stories of resilience and community connection that resurrect and forge stronger identities.

Once we've captured these stories via writing or oral history for residents with low-literacy or language barriers, we work with local artists to take the site-based memories and transform them into neighborhood art that serves to reanimate the value of community and interpret the personal histories of residents. The reclamation of history and the artistic interpretation of community memory create defensible neighborhoods and forge strong community bonds. This process merges the power of creative place-making with the power of historic reclamation in ways that grow our communal understanding of our place-based past and potential.

We believe a Neighborhood Memory Project will be a process to foster community cohesion and shared identity making.