San Luis Valley Historical Society

The San Luis Valley Historical Society is a Non-Profit organization to help highlight, preserve, and advocate for the heritage and history of the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado.

Mark your calendars, Sept 22nd

Top 5 reasons you should attend our event at 6pm, September 22.....

1. You’ll be inspired.💡
2. You’ll learn something new about this very special National Heritage Area we live in. 🇺🇸
3. You’ll have an easy and affordable way to give back to the youth of the San Luis Valley.🎓
4. There will be free stuff! 🕶
5. ALL youth and college IDs get in FREE!💸

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Alamosa News | Rabbitbrush Rambler: Ortiz revisited

Ortiz revisited -- "Near the state line lies Ortiz, Colorado, a small village that was once a more active place, as its impressive church, cemetery, several adobes, and a couple of large homes testify. It’s well worth a visit if you are out for a pleasant ride." Virginia Simmons

https://alamosanews.com/article/rabbitbrush-rambler-ortiz-revisited

alamosanews.com Near the state line lies Ortiz, Colorado,

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You have 7 more days to be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participating museums. Visit the museums between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends in southern Colorado and the San Luis Valley to get your card stamped. www.museumgiveaway.org

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New heritage brochure now available

Hot off the presses! The San Luis Valley Museum Association has put together a incredible brochure the -- San Luis Valley Heritage brochure “San Luis Valley: The Cradle of Colorado” is ready to be enjoyed. This beautiful 16-page brochure provides Valley residents and visitors alike journeys to explore all the Valley has to offer in its culture, history and heritage. The brochure holds six travel itineraries designed to lead readers on a journey to distinct sites throughout the #SLV including Antonito, La Jara, Sanford, and Manassa.

Pick up a copy at any of our 19 museum members
(www.museumtrail.org/museums), or at the Valley’s Visitor Centers in Ft Garland, San Luis, Antonito, Saguache, Monte Vista, Del Norte, Creede, and South Fork; and the Colorado Welcome Center – Alamosa.

https://alamosanews.com/article/new-heritage-brochure-now-available

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Memory Workshop -- When: Sunday, July 29, from 2-4 pm
Where: Fort Garland Museum, 29477 Highway 159 in Fort Garland, CO

Tell your stories at this workshop. "This memory workshop will help develop the next phase of the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit. We need your help. Your memories and family history of the San Luis Valley are very important to the history of Colorado." Estevan Rael-Galvez sponsored by History Colorado

When: Sunday, July 29, from 2-4 pm
Where: Fort Garland Museum, 29477 Highway 159 in Fort Garland

This is a special invitation to an event this weekend at Fort Garland Museum with Estevan Rael-Galvez, former State Historian of New Mexico and partner on the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit development. Here is a message from him:

I am honored and excited to work in partnership with History Colorado and especially to work with the residents of the San Luis Valley to begin the project — 'gathering memory.' It reminds me of something I once wrote, which remains true today and of this initiative:

"History is worth remembering. Here, remembering the past is like opening a gift. Remembering invites us to listen to what we hear and to look at what we see, it also invites us to pull back the layers that make it contested—people, places,moments in time and the stories that reveal the fullness of the human condition. Yet, like any gift worth holding onto, it also carries a responsibility. We must be able to learn from those that have gone before us and we must be able to teach our children to appreciate the value of this historical understanding. It will invite them, in turn, to make History that is also worth remembering.
- Estevan

This memory workshop will help develop the next phase of the Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit. We need your help. Your memories and family history of the San Luis Valley are very important to the history of Colorado.

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You could be 1 of 3 winners of two - $50 gift certificates. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participating museums of our friends at the San Luis Valley Museum Association. Visit the museums between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends in southern Colorado and the San Luis Valley to get your card stamped. www.museumgiveaway.org

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Latino Leadership Institute

Congratulations to Nick Saenz and Kathy Faz as cohort Fellows with the Latino Leadership Institute's Summer 2018 Cohort.

Nick is our Society's Treasurer and was recently awarded tenure at Adams State University and promotion to associate professor.

Kathy is a Supervisory Park Ranger with the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, National Park Service.

We proudly introduce our newest cohort of Fellows, a diverse group of 23 Latino Leaders who represent a range of industries across Colorado's education, government, non-profit, and private sectors. Averaging 15 years of professional experience, participants in Cohort 7 will enhance their leadership acumen over the next nine months by learning from our expert presenters, community, Alumni Network, and each other. Learn about Cohort 7 Fellows by clicking the link below.

Congratulations and welcome, Fellows!

#LatinosLead #ColoradoLeaders

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Rabbitbrush Rambler: The Valley’s early milling

The Valley's Early Milling - "It was mainly a seasonal business that thrived when crops were being harvested and wagons lined up at the mill from dawn until late in the day, while the customers dozed and chewed the rag....And north of Monte Vista, the Gosar family takes justifiable pride in grinding and selling its stone-ground Mountain Mama flour today."

Fort Garland, Colorado #SanLuis City of Monte Vista, CO #Guadalupe #ConejosRiver #LafayetteHead Saguache, Colorado Otto Mears Alamosa, Colorado La Jara, Colorado Mosca, Colorado #Gosar

https://alamosanews.com/article/rabbitbrush-rambler-the-valleys-early-milling

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museumgiveaway.org

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What a great opportunity to learn the fascinating history of the #SanLuisValley and win a prize. Get your punchcard at one of the 16 participating museum for the 2018 Museum Giveaway hosted by the SLV Museum Association! You could be 1 of 3 winners of 2 - $50 gift certificates (1-$50 for City Market and 1-$50 for shopping at the museums' gift shops). Get more details @ www.museumgiveaway.org

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San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

Nice article/audio about the Valley's acequias. Thanks San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org for finding this!

Acequias and the spring limpieza. "For many people, spring is a time for deep cleaning..... That’s also the case on farms in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, where farmers spend their weekends banding together to clean out [limpieza] the irrigation ditches [acequias] that bring snowmelt to their fields." KUNC 91.5fm

Article/Audio features Dan Quintana, Shirley Romero Otero, John Madrid, Augustin “Roy” Esquibel, and Junita Martinez.

http://www.kunc.org/post/keeping-unique-water-tradition-alive-southern-colorado-s-acequias

Airing tonight! - San Luis Valley native Jack Dempsey to have his story featured on the Travel Channel's - Mysteries at the Museum.

Jack Dempsey's story to be featured on the Travel Channel's - Mysteries at the Museum - Thursday, April 26th. 7pm MST. Great program!!!! Portions were filmed at the Manassa's Jack Dempsey Museum

On this day, April 5, 1851...the town of San Luis was founded 167yrs ago.

"Colorado’s oldest continuously occupied town, San Luis, will celebrate its 164th anniversary this week. On April 5 [not April 9 as mentioned in article], 1851 San Luis was recognized as an official town, after Canadian-born, Charles Beaubien, acquired the one million acre tract under the Sangre de Cristo Grant, bringing an influx of people along with it."
https://www.historycolorado.org/press-release/2015/04/01/colorado-celebrates-anniversary-its-oldest-town-san-luis

On this day in Colorado history (April 9, 1851) the first permanent European-American settlement in present-day Colorado was established at San Luis de la Culebra in the northern New Mexico Territory by settlers from the Taos area. San Luis is the oldest continuously occupied town in Colorado. The town is located in Costilla County.

San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org San Luis Valley Historical Society San Luis, Colorado Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area #ColoradoHistory #SanLuisValley

Graduating Seniors! A paid internship is available...

"We are thrilled to partner with the Smithsonian Latino Center again on the Young Ambassador program this summer. This is a paid internship for graduating high school seniors aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Apply to the Young Ambassadors Program! Deadline is April 9." History Colorado

We are thrilled to partner with the Smithsonian Latino Center again on the Young Ambassador program this summer. This is a paid internship for graduating high school seniors aimed at fostering the next generation of Latino leaders in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

Apply to the Young Ambassadors Program! Deadline is April 9: http://latino.si.edu/Education/YAP #SLCYAP2018

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The unique dialect of the San Luis Valley will be the focus of the next CFI lecture, Wed Mar 21st.

"The Colorado Field Institute will host a winter lecture on geography and linguistics in the San Luis Valley by Dennis Lopez. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21st, in Porter Hall, Room 130, on the Adams State University Campus, 208 Edgemont, Alamosa."

https://alamosanews.com/article/dennis-lopez-to-give-lecture

Our board and volunteers hard at work at the Monte Vista Crane Festival. Thanks to Barbara Bolanovich Kruse Jay Warner and John. So great to see everyone that stopped by to sign-up for memberships, buying past issues or telling us some of their stories!

San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org

Spanish arrival...might push the timeline back by a century or more.

"Most artifacts like this one have been found in Texas and New Mexico. It’s generally believed that the Spanish arrived in Colorado in the 1700s, but the discovery might push the timeline back by a century or more."

Read more: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/500-year-old-pistol-part-sheds-light-colorados-spanish-colonial-past-180968379

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the San Luis Valley Historical Society (SLVHS). To celebrate we are offering a 50th Anniversary membership discount - 5 years for 4.

5-year Regular Membership for $60 (a $15 savings)
5-year Associate Membership for $100 (a $25 savings)
5-year Sponsor Membership for $250 ($50 savings)
5-year Patron Membership for $400 ($100 savings)

Membership includes two SLVHS Historians and two SLVHS Newsletters and member-only admission to SLVHS sponsored field trips. Come join us as we continue to explore the history, heritage and cultures of the San Luis Valley!!

Make check out to SLVHS and mail to:
POB 982, Alamosa, CO 81101

What a great opportunity! -- Writing Your Life -- a six-week writing workshop thanks to the Fort Garland Museum

The sessions will be held at the Alamosa Public Library at 300 Hunt Avenue. The cost for this workshop is $35 and it runs every Monday at 10:30 am from March 5 to April 12. Call Kelley Ivers at 379-3512 with questions or to register.

We are THRILLED to be bringing Writing Your Life to the San Luis Valley this spring!

This six-week writing workshop sets you on the journey of looking into your past and write down your stories to share with their present and future generations.

This workshop will open up the minds to those that do not consider themselves writers and provide the opportunity for the attendees to find themselves writing enthusiastically in this practical and thought-provoking class.

The sessions will be held at the Alamosa Public Library at 300 Hunt Avenue. The cost for this workshop is $35 and it runs every Monday at 10:30 am from March 5 to April 12. Call Kelley Ivers at 379-3512 with questions or to register.

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19th Century Geology

Oh how technology has changed things...According to one of our old Historians it states "the San Luis Hills [near Sanford] are the oldest geological formation in the Valley" based on a Hayden Survey from 1874." When we made an inquiry to Dr. Rob Benson with the Earth Sciences Dept of Adams State University he says, "sorry, but no! The geology of Blanca Peak is about 1,700 million years old and the rocks close to Crestone are about 330 million years old. The San Luis Hills are just a mere 30 million years old. Just babies." Benson says technology has been the big advantage. "Hayden didn't have the age determination technology we have today with radioactivity and isotope decay rates." Sorry for the downgrade San Luis Hills but looks like Blanca's rocks rock!!

If you wanted to dig into the established geologic principles Hayden would have been following check out these links that Dr. Benson provided.

http://coloradogeologicalsurvey.org/colorado-geology/19th-century-geology/
http://coloradogeologicalsurvey.org/colorado-geology/19th-century-geology/hayden-1869/

coloradogeologicalsurvey.org Although Native Americans were using their geological knowledge to operate a chert quarry 13,000 years ago in northeastern Colorado and others were harvesting paint pigments near Calhan for many ce…

2018 District History Fair to be held Saturday, January 28th at ASU!!

The 2018 District History Fair in the #SanLuisValley will be held on Saturday, January 27th at Adams State University that is part of the National History Day Competition.

This year's theme is #Taking_a_Stand_in_History. The students will compete in five categories: media, performance, papers, webpages, and projects. Winners will proceed to the National History Day Colorado at the University of Colorado Denver, on May 6.

Photo from ASU website -- the 2017 SLV District History Fair "wait to hear the results": Centauri Junior High students, left to right, Shannon Wilson, Nicci Sandoval, Brynli Sowards, McKay Russell, and Nephi Rodriguez wait to hear the results.

2018 is the "Year of the Bird" -- Enjoy this listing of birds you can find in the San Luis Valley from our 2008, Vol 40, Issue #1 Historian written by Dr. Veryl Keen. The issue also contains detailed descriptions of a number of these birds. Past issues of the Historians can be purchased for $5 per issue. Send an email to general@slvhistoricalsociety.org for more info.

Thanks Visit San Luis Valley, Colorado for sharing this info!

2018 is the "Year of the Bird" and marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act! The San Luis Valley Historical Society​ shared us one of their Historians with a listing of the birds that can be found in the #SanLuisValley as listed by Dr. Veryl Keen, a past professor at Adams State University. The article comes from their 2008 Vol 40, Issue #1 of the SLVHS Historian.

How many have you spotted?! Any you can add to your bird life list?

1906 Denver and Rio Grande Railroad map. This is on the back cover of the SLV Historical Society Historian Vol 23, Issue 2, published 1991.

#railroad Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Denver and Rio Grande 168 #SanLuisValley #DRG #trains Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Rio Grande Scenic Railroad

Hispanic Place Names in the San Luis Valley - is the title of this excerpt from SLV Historical Society Historian Vol 23, Issue 3, published 1991.

If you are interested in purchasing the whole issue send a letter with a check for $5 plus shipping (probably about $2 within CO) to POB 795, Antonito, CO 81120. Make sure to include the issue # and your mailing address

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Presentation tonight -- The Jicarilla Apache historical connection to southern Colorado.

The Jicarilla Apache historical connection to southern Colorado by Dr. Veronica E. Velarde Tiller

Tonight, Thurs Dec 21st in Porter Hall, Rm 103 @ Adams State University at 7pm.

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Merry Christmas from 1951!!

Christmas train in Alamosa, CO in 1951. Photo from The Denver Public Library Western History and Genealogy Department with this description:

Bob Richardson and Carl Helfin wear fake moustaches and pose in front of a "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" sign on a Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad coal tender car in Alamosa (Alamosa County), Colorado. Shows locomotive number "346" and a caboose that reads: "Mount Blanca and Western" and "Thru the Chico." Snow is on the ground near the train.

#ColoradoHistory #Alamosa #DenverandRIoGrande #ColoradoRailroads San Luis Valley Historical Society Colorado Railroad Museum

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PO Box 982
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We produce a regional Journal called "Historian" You can purchase these at many gift shops around the valley in museums and other local tourist stops.
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