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San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org Museums of the San Luis Valley
www.MuseumTrail.org supports the efforts of 20 museums located within the San Luis Valley, and our neighboring towns of Lake City and La Veta, Colorado @ www.museumtrail.org Museums are: Crestone Historical Museum, Fort Garland Museum, San Luis Culture Center and Museum, Jack Dempsey Museum, Sanford Museum, SLV-Alamosa Museum, Veterans Homelake Museum, Monte Vista Historical Society Museum, Saguache County Museum, Rio Grande County Museum, Hazard House Museum, Transportation of the West Museum, Creede Historical Society, Creede Underground Mining Museum, Conejos County Museum, Francisco Fort, Hinsdale County, Old Spanish Trail
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Some background about the Garcia Ranch -- "The García Ranch, established in the San Luis Valley near Conejos in 1885, is...
05/07/2020

Some background about the Garcia Ranch -- "The García Ranch, established in the San Luis Valley near Conejos in 1885, is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places [as of December 2018]!

Also see grant award post posted just prior to this.

The García ranch lies between the Conejos and San Antonio Rivers in an area of the county still known as La Isla..."

#sanluisvalleyheritage #sanluisvalley Reyes García #hispanicheritage

The García Ranch, established in the San Luis Valley near Conejos in 1885, is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places!

The García ranch lies between the Conejos and San Antonio Rivers in an area of the county still known as La Isla (The Island), once part of Mexico's 1833 Conejos Land Grant. In the late 1840s Hispanos from northern New Mexico began to settle in the valley. The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo transferred this land to the United States and provided protection of pre-existing grants. Despite its extensive agricultural history, few ranches in the region have yet to be listed in the National Register - until now.

The ranch's current owner is a descendant of the original owner, José Victor Garcia. José was one of the most prominent early Hispano political leaders of Colorado, representing the Conejos area in the territorial legislature of New Mexico from 1859-1860 then serving on the Colorado Territorial Council from 1861-1874. He was a farmer and rancher who also traded with the Apache, Navajo, and Utes.

The García Ranch Headquarters includes an adobe house, garage, privy, granaries, adobe potato cellar, a grain bin, sheep sheds, approximately 51.1 acres of outlying hayfields, and archaeological resources throughout the site. Although abobe construction was once common, these structures are increasingly rare today. This is the first time an above ground adobe potato cellar (also once common) is represented in the National Register in Colorado.

The ranch is unique in its integrity because of its historic materials and workmanship, its original location, and its continuous function as a family-operated cattle and hay ranch. It evokes a sense of a Hispano ranching in San Luis Valley.

We will commemorate this National Register listing as well as three others at the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area's annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Alamosa. Stay tuned to learn about the others later this month!

05/06/2020
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

On #COVirtualHeritageJourney watch a collaboration between Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area and Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. Colcha Embroidery is a Cultural Art shared within both heritage areas. Learn how local artists thought up and created these beautiful art pieces that tell a story!

Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area
#hispanicheritage
#culturalart
#colcha

Today on #COVirtualHeritageJourney watch a collaboration between Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area and Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. Colcha Embroidery is a Cultural Art shared within both heritage areas. Learn how local artists thought up and created these beautiful art pieces that tell a story!

05/05/2020
Online Borderlands Talk: Cinco de Mayo, an American Tradition, feat. Dr. David Hayes-Bautista

Cinco De Mayo (May 5th) - An American Tradition

In this video will hear from Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, professor of Public Health and Medicine, and director of the Center for Latino Health & Culture at the School of Medicine at UCLA.

Dr. Hayes-Bautista will discuss Cinco de Mayo --- a holiday commemorating the Mexican victory over the French at Puebla in 1862. He will explain why the holiday is not Mexican at all, but rather an American one, created by Latinos in California during the mid-nineteenth century. Hayes-Bautista will examine how the meaning of Cinco de Mayo has shifted over time and how it continues to reflect the aspirations of a community that is engaged, empowered, and expanding.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlOr4EnYu08&list=PLl68fplNJM8DloYD2a5Xum4ORsRSWKZGS&index=5&t=0s

This talk was presented on April 30, 2020, by Dr. David Hayes-Bautista of UCLA. Dr. Hayes-Bautista will discuss Cinco de Mayo --- a holiday commemorating the...

Calling all Future Archaeologists and Historic Preservationists!May is Colorado Archaeology and Historic Preservation Mo...
05/02/2020
2020 Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month Poster Contest | History Colorado

Calling all Future Archaeologists and Historic Preservationists!

May is Colorado Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month (AHPM) and for several years, professionals from around the state came together to design a poster to honor and celebrate Colorado’s preservation work. While professionals are pretty smart, the people, places, and things that we preserve are important to everyone! This year, we are looking to the future and asking YOU to find materials around your home to design Colorado’s AHPM poster." 2020 Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month Poster Contest

Deadline to submit posters: May 22

https://www.historycolorado.org/2020-archaeology-historic-preservation-month-poster-contest

Calling all Future Archaeologists and Historic Preservationists! May is Colorado Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month (AHPM) and for several years, professionals from around the state came together to design a poster to honor and celebrate Colorado’s preservation work. While professionals a...

Colorado Stargazing - Experience the Night.While we are so happy for a year's work to be coming to fruition we do ask fo...
04/30/2020
Experience the Night - Colorado Stargazing Dark Sky Get Aways -

Colorado Stargazing - Experience the Night.

While we are so happy for a year's work to be coming to fruition we do ask for now that folks from outside the San Luis Valley please follow the safer-at-home guidelines. When things improve and travel is safe for both you and us we will be so happy to have you come and visit and enjoy our dark skies! Until then looking around our website and start planning your trip in our Museums listing and Things to Do page! Stay safe! Stay well!
https://www.museumtrail.org/museums.html
https://www.museumtrail.org/things-to-do1.html
https://www.museumtrail.org/coloradostargazing.html

#coloradostargazing #experiencethenight Colorado Stargazing Spanish Peaks Country Visit Creede Visit Custer County
https://mtntownmagazine.com/experience-the-night-colorado-stargazing-dark-sky-get-aways/

Colorado Stargazing: Experience the Night connects seven Colorado locations known for their dark skies and incredible stargazing opportunities.

04/30/2020
The Curious Case of Colorado Cannibal Alferd Packer

Would you like a little cannibalism with your nighttime snack??!!

When our museums open up again you'll want to visit the Hinsdale County Museum and the Saguache County & Hazard Museums for more history about Alferd Packer!

FYI - audio on the doesn't start until 1:10 into video

This is "The Curious Case of Colorado Cannibal Alferd Packer" by DMNS on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

As some of us are using the stay-at-home/safer-at-home time to get things organized. Getting organized brought up the th...
04/29/2020
How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet

As some of us are using the stay-at-home/safer-at-home time to get things organized. Getting organized brought up the thought of the index card. When was it invented? When did libraries start using them? And the impact it had on our world, "...the relationship between knowledge and power. The index card was a turning point.."

These articles provide answers:
Popular Mechanics
https://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/a19379/a-short-history-of-the-index-card/

The Atlantic
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/12/how-the-index-card-catalogued-the-world/547271/

A 3 x 5 history of the cards that helped catalog all of human knowledge in a way anybody could use.

San Luis Valley History -- Who's the Baddest Man?!?Soapy Smithhttps://history.denverlibrary.org/news/whos-baddest-man
04/29/2020
Who's the Baddest Man?!?

San Luis Valley History -- Who's the Baddest Man?!?
Soapy Smith

https://history.denverlibrary.org/news/whos-baddest-man

Who's the Baddest Man?!? by Kellen on March 21, 2013 Western History Collection On the evening of July 8, 1898, a blazing flash of gun fire illuminated the summer night’s sky and sent the townsfolk of Skagway, Alaska into a panic. That night, a fire fight raged for a few moments between vigilantes...

Hello Neighbor -- "Three National Heritage Areas in three Western states released a documentary that explores the histor...
04/27/2020
New Documentary Explores History and Culture Connecting Three National Heritage Areas (U.S. National Park Service)

Hello Neighbor -- "Three National Heritage Areas in three Western states released a documentary that explores the historical and cultural connections between their areas. “Hello Neighbor” premiered during Pioneer Days in Manassa, Colorado, a town whose history embodies the story of the San Luis Valley as a multicultural crossroads along the Old Spanish Trail."

"The 30-minute film ...includes the remarkable sequence of events that ties together the history of the three NHAs involved: an encounter in New Mexico that led a Hispanic resident of Colorado to aid Mormon settlers from Utah when they arrived in the San Luis Valley in the 1870s."

Manassa Pioneer Days
Manassa, Colorado
Old Spanish Trail - La Vereda del Norte Chapter
Old Spanish Trail Association
Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway
Sanford Museum
Conejos County Museum & Visitors Center
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area
Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area
Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center

https://www.nps.gov/articles/discovery-road-hello-neighbor.htm?fbclid=IwAR2It0tgvVvwf8BXtktJfYPTEIvau_WdD3u9h0ZRsXn5-FBS76FnG-fiy2c

San Luis Valley History -- "It was 1891 when [Poker] Alice, nearly 40 years old, made the tough journey over the San Jua...
04/27/2020
"Poker" Alice Tubbs (1851-1930)

San Luis Valley History -- "It was 1891 when [Poker] Alice, nearly 40 years old, made the tough journey over the San Juan Mountains to the new mining town of Creede, Colorado. Throughout that year, people poured into town, and gambling tables were even set up in the streets. By the end of the year, the former head of the D&RG Railroad (David Moffat) completed a rail line into Creede, and Creede soon had a busy railroad station."

Creede Historical Society #pokeralice #sanluisvalley #alicetubbs Creede Underground Mining Museum
https://history.denverlibrary.org/colorado-biographies/poker-alice-tubbs-1851-1930

We are so happy to announce that the...-- Museum of Friends, and the -- Huerfano County Historical Society and Heritage ...
04/25/2020
History museums in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado

We are so happy to announce that the...
-- Museum of Friends, and the
-- Huerfano County Historical Society and Heritage Center

both in Walsenburg have joined us as new members the San Luis Valley Museum Association. We are so excited to have our Mystic San Luis Valley neighbors in Huerfano County join our group.

To learn more about these museums, our 21 other museum members, and learn more about Southern Colorado’s history @ https://www.museumtrail.org/museums.html

All the museums are currently closed as they follow Colorado’s and the CDC’s COVID-19 advice and regulations. We will provide announcements as we receive them when they are able to reopen.

Stay Safe everyone!

Museum of Friends (MOF) Huerfano County Historical Society Francisco Fort Museum #MysticSanLuisValley #sanluisvalley #museumsofsoutherncolorado Walsenburg, Colorado #Walsenburg

Star Stories - The Girl and her Seven Brothers"This animation tells an Arikara story of the creation of a sacred landmar...
04/24/2020
Star Stories: The Girl and Her Seven Brothers

Star Stories - The Girl and her Seven Brothers

"This animation tells an Arikara story of the creation of a sacred landmark on the plains, the Bear' Lodge (Devils Tower), as well as the formation of the Pleiades star cluster. It is one of nine traditional Native American stories that are part of the National Museum of the American Indian inaugural exhibition "Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World," which is on view through April 20, 2019."

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
https://www.si.edu/object/yt_k-cl9RZqbpQ

All Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C., including the National Zoo, and in New York City continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Today is day 5 of 7 of International Dark Sky Week 2020 (Virtually!)CPW is also participating -- "Colorado Parks and Wil...
04/23/2020
Community members invited to help monitor light levels during April’s International Dark Sky Week

Today is day 5 of 7 of
International Dark Sky Week 2020 (Virtually!)

CPW is also participating -- "Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites Colorado residents to participate in International Dark Sky Week from Sunday through April 26 by helping to monitor light levels in their area."

Globe at Night International Dark-Sky Association #coloradostargazing #experiencethenight
https://durangoherald.com/articles/321671-community-members-invited-to-help-monitor-light-levels-during-aprils-international-dark-sky-week

"Fifty years ago today, 04/22, Earth Day was created to encourage knowledge and stewardship of the planet’s natural reso...
04/22/2020

"Fifty years ago today, 04/22, Earth Day was created to encourage knowledge and stewardship of the planet’s natural resources. This could be as simple as picking up trash when you see it, staying on the trail, participating in citizen science, or remembering to not feed wildlife.
By practicing Leave No Trace principles (photos 2 through 9) especially when visiting a national park, everyone can make an impact on preserving the Earth’s precious resources." Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

What will you be doing to help protect our planet this Earth Day? Share your Earth Day Pledge in the comments below."

April 22nd, 2020 marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!

Fifty years ago, Earth Day was created to encourage knowledge and stewardship of the planet’s natural resources. This could be as simple as picking up trash when you see it, staying on the trail, participating in citizen science, or remembering to not feed wildlife.

By practicing Leave No Trace principles (photos 2 through 9) especially when visiting a national park, everyone can make an impact on preserving the Earth’s precious resources.

What will you be doing to help protect our planet this Earth Day? Share your Earth Day Pledge in the comments below.

#EarthDay #NationalParkWeek

Image Descriptions:
Image one: Earth Day National Park Service Logo
Image two: Leave No Trace Principle 1: Plan Ahead and Prepare
Image three: Leave No Trace Principle 2: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces.
Image four: Leave No Trace Principle 3: Dispose of Waste Properly
Image five: Leave No Trace Principle 4: Leave What You Find
Image six: Leave No Trace Principle 5: Minimize Campfire Impacts
Image seven: Leave No Trace Principle 6: Respect Wildlife
Image eight: Leave No Trace Principle 7: Be Considerate of Others
Image nine: A graphic that says "What is your Earth Day pledge? Share what you will be doing to help protect the Earth's natural resources in the comments below."

Happy Earth Day (50th Anniversary) and celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment."Rachel Carson, environme...
04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day (50th Anniversary) and celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment.

"Rachel Carson, environmentalist - Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, so we are commemorating the biologist, conservationist, and nature writer Rachel Carson. Her writings did much to alert the public to environmental threats and advanced the global environmental movement."

Rachel Carson, environmentalist.

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, so we are commemorating the biologist, conservationist, and nature writer Rachel Carson. Her writings did much to alert the public to environmental threats and advanced the global environmental movement.

Carson (1907-1964) started her career as a marine biologist for the US Bureau of Fisheries (now known as the Fish and Wildlife Service). After publishing many articles in scientific journals and mainstream publications, she became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s, and her book about ocean life, “The Sea Around Us,” won a National Book Award in 1952.

In the late 1950s, Carson turned her attention to the environment and, specifically, the problems created by the overuse of synthetic pesticides. Rachel Carson’s best-known book, “Silent Spring,” published in 1962, alerted the world to the harmful effects of fertilizers and pesticides to humans and wildlife, and led to a ban on the pesticide DDT. (Her conclusions were, of course, vigorously opposed by chemical companies.)

Shortly after “Silent Spring” was published, Carson began radiation and chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. She died in 1964, shortly before her 57th birthday. Her legacy lives on.

Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. Her image was on postage stamp issued in 1981 as part of the “Great American” series. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1973. Scientific prizes are awarded in her name. Biographies have been written about her. And her work as a female scientist, activist, and nature writer has inspired the generations of young women that followed her.

Carson’s philosophy that “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction,” is an important lesson for us today as we celebrate Earth Day.

Denise Hight
Fruita Historic Preservation Board
Historical Photos of Women’s Suffrage:
https://www.facebook.com/HistoricalSuffragePhotos/
Historical Photos of Fruita & Western Colorado:
https://www.facebook.com/HistoricalFruitaPhotos/

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