Published: Feb. 29, 2016

An exhibit called “Moments in Mexican-American History in the Southwest” is now on display in the lower south hallway at Norlin Library. Its goal is to promote awareness and dialogue about the history of Latinos in this part of the county and, more specifically, in Boulder County.

Inspired by the efforts of the Boulder County Latino History Project and the need to bring history into public spaces, we present selected “moments” in Mexican-American history. The exhibit spans the period from the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848 to current activities of Latino student groups on the CU-Boulder campus. Among the topics covered are racism and discrimination against Mexican Americans, their contributions to the U.S. military, and the roles of Latinas in fighting for social justice.

Across from the exhibit is a computer which opens to the 1,600 primary sources on local Latino history and culture available on the website of the Boulder County Latino History Project, plus a display of books and list of suggested readings.

We hope that this exhibit will assist the university efforts in creating inclusive excellence and will prove to be both a teaching moment for the CU community and beyond.

The exhibit was supported by an IMPART grant at The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.

Arturo J. Aldama, Ethnic Studies
Marjorie K McIntos, History

Boulder County Latino History Project