Latinos of Boulder County Colorado 1900-1980

Published: March 20, 2017
Latinos of Boulder County Colorado 1900-1980

We hope you’ll join us for our upcoming Friends of the Libraries Spring Treasures event Latinos of Boulder County Colorado 1900-1980 on Thursday, April 13 at the Boulder Public Library - Central Library. Marjorie K. McIntosh, CU Boulder Distinguished Professor Emerita, and Linda Arroyo-Holmstrom, a Boulder native and retired Boulder Valley teacher, will speak about the history of the Latino community in Boulder County. The research from this extensive project has brought to light previously unknown stories and important contributions of the Latino community in Boulder County.

We recently had the opportunity to ask Marjorie K. McIntosh a few questions about the project.

What inspired you to pursue this project?: I realized in 2013, after retiring as a History Professor at CU Boulder, that I didn't know anything about the history of Latinos in this area. I went to the local history library but found that nothing had been written about the topic. Latinos were barely visible in local history books or the school curriculum. So I began talking with local Latino elders and community groups to ask if they might be interested in a community-based project to gather information about the history and culture of Latinos in Boulder County and to make it widely available. Their enthusiastic response led to the formation of the Boulder County Latino History Project.

What do you hope people take away or learn from the event and your research?: In this project and the April event, we want to make Latinos more aware of their own heritage and to help others realize that Latinos have been contributing to Boulder County in many ways for a century.

The reception begins at 5:30 pm with presentation following at 5:45 pm in the Canyon Theater at the Boulder Public Library, 9th and Canyon Boulevard, Boulder. This event and parking are free and open to the public.

The University Libraries are pleased to collaborate with Boulder Public Library, Boulder Library Foundation, CU Boulder Conference on World Affairs, the Boulder County Latino History Project and Friends of the University Libraries in support of this event.

You can learn more about the project and enjoy the more than 40 oral histories collected at the Boulder County Latino History Project.