San Luis Valley Historical Society

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.
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11/20/2020
Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

DID YOU KNOW that the bottom floor of the Emperius Building now Milagros was once used as a grocery store? Or that Billy Adams was upstairs when he developed his idea for a teacher's college in Alamosa, now known as Adams State University?

A special thanks to Jeff Owsley! To learn more about the Emperius Building watch here!

Art historian Nancy G. Heller traces Kahlo’s brief life to examine the influences that shaped her art. She looks beyond ...
10/19/2020
Smithsonian Associates

Art historian Nancy G. Heller traces Kahlo’s brief life to examine the influences that shaped her art. She looks beyond the famous self-portraits to also include landscapes, still-lifes, and other Kahlo subjects.

Art historian Nancy G. Heller traces Kahlo’s brief life to examine the influences that shaped her art. She looks beyond the famous self-portraits to also include landscapes, still-lifes, and other Kahlo subjects.

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area
10/19/2020

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

Sociedad Protección Mutua de Trabajadores Unidos (Society of Mutual Protection of United Workers or SPMDTU) was established in 1900 by Celedonio Mondragón and fellow Hispanos in Antonito. The function of the SPMDTU was to bring solidarity within Mexican and Spanish American communities in the fight against exploitation and injustices. Membership was limited to those who were male, Hispano, and between the age of eighteen and fifty-five. The SPMDTU was vital for rural communities, as members band together as hermanos (brothers) in the fight against inequality within the agricultural, political, labor, and land and water rights sector.

For more information on historic people, places, and events, visit: sangreheritage.org/historic-peoples-and-places

#spmdtu #ColoradoHistory #Sangredecristonationalheritagearea #sdcnha

10/17/2020
San Luis Valley Museum

San Luis Valley Museum

Please share this post detailing our capabilities and new programs. The Valley Courier should publish this next week but the more people that see it the better!

The San Luis Valley Museum in Alamosa would like to update our area residents on our ability to serve residents of the SLV. This year has been challenging for us but there are bright spots we would like to highlight too.
In December 2019 we hired Steve Corn as the director of the museum. Steve brings enthusiasm, leadership, and experience that are showing results. Steve has BAs in history and sociology. He is currently completing his master’s thesis at Adams State University in cultural resource management. Steve also worked in the Luther Bean Museum while studying at Adams State and he is retired military officer.
The museum closed on March 17th and reopened on August 20th. This caused us to cancel the 19th annual All Valley Art Show, Thursday coffee meetups for our veterans, school visits, and history and art programs for the public. The closure also affected our entry fees, gift sales and donations. Due to many people’s financial uncertainty we did not organize a membership drive yet this year.
The good news is that during the hiatus we were able to process and catalog over 500 photos, 200 objects, and 75 books. The museum is currently updating our software. The new system has a research window that allows scholars, students, teachers, and the public to access our collection records and photographs remotely. The window will be ready for use by November 1st. We were also able to complete a lot of maintenance and reconfiguring of our exhibits. The bookshop, gift shop and souvenir racks are all fully stocked and reasonably priced. We also have a good selection of hard to find SLV themed postcards and notecards in stock. The museum is accepting credit and debit cards for purchases, donations, and memberships starting on October 23rd.
We are currently allowing groups of 10 or less to enter without prior notification. If a school, home school group, scouts, 4-H, or other youth group would like a larger tour just give Steve a heads up so he can have help available and tailor a program that meets your goals for the visit. We are not renting out the conference room or the courtyard until the covid risk is fully controlled. Students K-16, teachers, veterans, and active duty service members are always free, while we charge $5 for all others. If you mention this article you will receive free admission until November 15th.
If you are a person who is computer literate and enjoys working with old photographs, opening, and cataloging treasure boxes, or helping with our social media outreach we have volunteer opportunities. The more we get cataloged the more we can share through our new software and community outreach program. Call or email Steve at 719-587-0667, [email protected] , for more information on volunteering.

Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center
08/05/2020

Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center

We are pleased to announce that Pike's Stockade will reopen to the public on Friday, August 7!

The historic site, seventeen miles southeast of Alamosa along the Conejos River, will be open daily through September. The grounds include walking trails, picnic tables, and plenty of space for social distancing. It is located at 22862 Co Rd 24, Sanford, CO.

The stockade was damaged by fallen trees in 2018 and was closed until it could be made safe for visitors. Guests should heed all posted signage and remain a safe distance from the damaged portion of the stockade. For questions about the site, contact the staff at Fort Garland Museum at 719-379-3512.

La Placita de San Rafael, located in Conejos County just south of Antonito
06/04/2020
La Placita de San Rafael

La Placita de San Rafael, located in Conejos County just south of Antonito

“La Placita de San Rafael” “What good is a hometown when everyone you know is gone?” -John Nichols, “Milagro Beanfield War” The truth is, you never outgrow w...

06/03/2020
History Buff - Free Memberships for Fourth Grade Students | History Colorado

History Buff - Free Memberships for Fourth Grade Students | History Colorado

Roam free, history buffs! Beginning June 1, 2020, History Colorado will offer a free year-long membership to all fourth grade students in the state. Benefits will include admission to all eight of our museums for students and their families*, one free child ticket to the Georgetown Loop Railroad (wi...

The 'Secret Jews' of San Luis Valley
05/19/2020
The 'Secret Jews' of San Luis Valley

The 'Secret Jews' of San Luis Valley

In Colorado, the gene linked to a virulent form of breast cancer found mainly in Jewish women is discovered in Hispanic Catholics

Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center
05/14/2020

Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center

ON THIS DAY in 1913, the "Manassa Mauler" Jack Dempsey fought under that name for the first time!

His birth name was William H. Dempsey, and he had already been boxing for years in miners' saloons and amateur rings around Colorado and Utah. On May 13, 1913, his elder brother was lined up to fight George Copelin in Cripple Creek. But the younger Dempsey worried that his brother (then aged 40) was too old to fight such a dangerous opponent, and stepped in to fight for him under the false name "Jack Dempsey", so that the switch wasn't obvious to the audience or the fight promoter.

"Jack" Dempsey won that bout and went on to become one of the most storied and celebrated boxers in American history. He became known as the Manassa Mauler, bringing recognition to his San Luis Valley hometown, and through his personal charisma and growing fame he helped bring boxing into the mainstream.

05/01/2020
2020 Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month Poster Contest | History Colorado

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 a...

04/21/2020
COauthored | History Colorado

Listen in as Luther Bean of Alamosa chews the fat with San Luis Valley resident Emilio Lobato at his home in tiny Chama, Colorado. This vintage conversation from 1962 comes courtesy of History Colorado Studios’ COauthored podcast. You’ll feel like you’re at Lobato’s kitchen table, eavesdropping on old-time ranching history straight from the old-timers themselves. https://www.historycolorado.org/coauthored?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=listen%20in&utm_campaign=member%20Enews

COauthored is an oral history podcast featuring community-recorded oral histories from around Colorado. It was born out of the Museum of Memory at El Pueblo History Museum. You can also listen on SoundCloud and download through iTunes or Google Play. Be sure to also check out oral histories for the....

Saint Joseph’s Church is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places!Built in 1912-13 in Capulin, St. Joseph’...
04/20/2020

Saint Joseph’s Church is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places!
Built in 1912-13 in Capulin, St. Joseph’s is associated with the Hispano families who emigrated from northern New Mexico to the San Luis Valley beginning in the 1840s.
The church was originally cared for by Jesuits as a mission of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Conejos. It expanded under Theatine fathers in the 1930s, becoming an independent parish. When their first Father Peter Ribas arrived in Capulin, he advocated for local public schools, which were only operating two or three months a year due to limited finances. Father Superior of the Theatines in Colorado offered to staff the public schools with Benedictine sisters, who lived at this church and taught until 1965.
The church's distinct Gothic Revival architecture includes rock-faced sandstone walls, original stained glass windows, Gothic-arch windows and entrances, stone buttresses, and a square tower with shingled belfry. Old St. Joseph’s Cemetery has many gravestones, dating back to 1861.
: St. Joseph's in 1913, 1934, and 2019.

📣 Saint Joseph’s Church is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places!

Built in 1912-13 in Capulin, St. Joseph’s is associated with the Hispano families who emigrated from northern New Mexico to the San Luis Valley beginning in the 1840s.

The church was originally cared for by Jesuits as a mission of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Conejos. It expanded under Theatine fathers in the 1930s, becoming an independent parish. When their first Father Peter Ribas arrived in Capulin, he advocated for local public schools, which were only operating two or three months a year due to limited finances. Father Superior of the Theatines in Colorado offered to staff the public schools with Benedictine sisters, who lived at this church and taught until 1965.

The church's distinct Gothic Revival architecture includes rock-faced sandstone walls, original stained glass windows, Gothic-arch windows and entrances, stone buttresses, and a square tower with shingled belfry. Old St. Joseph’s Cemetery has many gravestones, dating back to 1861.

📷: St. Joseph's in 1913, 1934, and 2019.

Colorized postcards by the Auburn Post Card Company, Auburn Indiana.  They were known for their Blue Sky cards manufactu...
04/16/2020

Colorized postcards by the Auburn Post Card Company, Auburn Indiana. They were known for their Blue Sky cards manufactured between 1913 and 1929.

Colorized postcards by the Auburn Post Card Company, Auburn Indiana. They were known for their Blue Sky cards manufactured between 1913 and 1929.

La Jara/Alamosa Buddhist Church was located in La Jara, Colorado. The temple was organized on March 8, 1931, founding me...
04/13/2020

La Jara/Alamosa Buddhist Church was located in La Jara, Colorado. The temple was organized on March 8, 1931, founding members were: Yoshie Inouye, Kichigoro Ono, Eichi Yoshida, Hideichi Yoshida, Wasaku Nishikawa, Yojiro Hattori, Mitsumasa Miyake, Tokuzo Takahashi, Katsusaburo Fujii, Seitairo Den, Jasaku Mayeda, Eijiro Kakiuchi, Chieto Fujii, Kunisaburo Uyemura, Sadaichi Oba, and Hisayo Fujii. Construction on the temple was completed in January of 1937. The church was built by Roy Davis Construction Company. On February 6, 1937, the Dedication Ceremony was held. Throughout the years the Temple was a special place to gather for religious services, weddings, funerals, and Japanese Cultural training. The temple building was sold, is now used as a tri-plex.

La Jara/Alamosa Buddhist Church was located in Lajara. The temple was organized on March 8, 1931, founding members were: Yoshie Inouye, Kichigoro Ono, Eichi Yoshida, Hideichi Yoshida, Wasaku Nishikawa, Yojiro Hattori, Mitsumasa Miyake, Tokuzo Takahashi, Katsusaburo Fujii, Seitairo Den, Jasaku Mayeda, Eijiro Kakiuchi, Chieto Fujii, Kunisaburo Uyemura, Sadaichi Oba, and Hisayo Fujii. Construction on the temple was completed in January of 1937. The church was built by Roy Davis Construction Company. On February 6, 1937, the Dedication Ceremony was held. Throughout the years the Temple was a special place to gather for religious services, weddings, funerals, and Japanese Cultural training. The temple building was sold, is now used as a tri-plex.

John Alnutt: The 1918 Pandemic in Colorado
04/13/2020
John Alnutt: The 1918 Pandemic in Colorado

John Alnutt: The 1918 Pandemic in Colorado

This episode is the oral history of John Alnutt, recorded circa 1968. The focus of the oral history is the 1918 flu pandemic and Mr. Alnutt’s memories of his family’s mortuary and funeral home in Gree

Having studied journalism at the University of Colorado, Fran had a deep interest in researching and documenting the his...
03/04/2020
Alamosa News | Frances Marie Worley McCullough, 91

Having studied journalism at the University of Colorado, Fran had a deep interest in researching and documenting the history of the San Luis Valley. She spent many years as the editor of The San Luis Valley Historian, carefully gathering history and curating many issues of the periodical to preserve the rich history of The Valley for generations to come.

MONTE VISTA — Frances “Fran” Marie Worley McCullough passed away on Feb. 19, 2020 at River Valley Inn in Del Norte, Colorad. She was 91 years old.

The Luther Bean Museum’s latest acquisition is just that special object. The Lopez weavings were donated by descendants ...
03/01/2020

The Luther Bean Museum’s latest acquisition is just that special object. The Lopez weavings were donated by descendants of the weaver this spring. The two beautiful blankets were woven by the donor’s Great, Great Grandfather, Juan Jose Lopez sometime between 1880 and 1900. Juan Jose came to the San Luis Valley in 1857 and raised cattle and sheep near Los Pinos Colorado. According to family history, Juan Jose dyed wool from his own sheep and used it in his weavings. He is listed among those “Hispano Weavers in the San Luis Valley” in Marianne Stoller’s article “Spanish-Americans, Their Servants and Sheep: A Culture History of Weaving in Southern Colorado.” These particular blankets were given as a wedding gift in 1920 to the donor’s Grandparents, Alfonzo and Paublita Lopez. The weavings have remained in the Lopez family, who still dwell in the SLV. These beautiful blankets are not only tell of one families connection to the San Luis Valley, they also are representative of an important art in the Hispanic culture and history of the area. (text by Robert J. Ruybalid, originally posted in Forgotten Southern Colorado)

Congratulations Tiernan and Creede School District
02/28/2020

Congratulations Tiernan and Creede School District

Shout out to Tiernan King! Tiernan was recongnized by Dave Robinson, BOE Vise President, for his 1st place award at the Regional History Fair. Tiernan wrote a 14 page paper on the Nuremberg Trials. He will compete in May at the State Level! Way to Tiernan for all your hard work and accomplishment!!

Congratulations to Mr. Parker Buhr for winning an award from the Sangre De Cristo National Heritage Area for his history...
02/26/2020

Congratulations to Mr. Parker Buhr for winning an award from the Sangre De Cristo National Heritage Area for his history fair project on Amish relocation to the San Luis Valley. A huge shout out and thanks to his parents, his teacher-Mr. Talburt, and the Conejos County Commissioner-Mr. Mitchell Jarvies.

Congratulations to Mr. Parker Buhr for winning an award from the Sangre De Cristo National Heritage Area for his history fair project on Amish relocation to the San Luis Valley. A huge shout out and thanks to his parents, his teacher-Mr. Talburt, and the Conejos County Commissioner-Mr. Mitchell Jarvies.

This is the oldest known photograph of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Conejos, Colorado from the 1870s. The stereoview photog...
02/23/2020

This is the oldest known photograph of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Conejos, Colorado from the 1870s. The stereoview photograph is taken from the rear of the building when it was entirely constructed of adobe except for the front facade. This version of the building was constructed between 1860-1863 under the direction of pastor Father Jose Vigil. The adobe building replaced an older jacal (vertical log) structure that served as the church from 1858-1860. This building was destroyed by fire in 1926 and no part of this original building remains today. - Ronald Rael (Note: a few other historical photos of the church are included for you)

Monte Vista Middle School students Chesney Alexander, Julian Pacheco, Braeden Alley, and Dylan Fair competed today at th...
01/27/2020

Monte Vista Middle School students Chesney Alexander, Julian Pacheco, Braeden Alley, and Dylan Fair competed today at the Colorado History Day regional competition held at Adams State University.

Chesney, Julian, and Dylan finished first in the group exhibit category and qualified for the state competition in May! Braeden was a strong runner-up in the individual exhibit category but unfortunately did not qualify for the state competition despite his strong effort!

Congratulations to all the participants!

Monte Vista Middle School students Chesney Alexander, Julian Pacheco, Braeden Alley, and Dylan Fair competed today at the Colorado History Day regional competition held at Adams State University.

Chesney, Julian, and Dylan finished first in the group exhibit category and qualified for the state competition in May! Braeden was a strong runner-up in the individual exhibit category but unfortunately did not qualify for the state competition despite his strong effort!

Congratulations to all the participants!

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The San Luis Valley Historical Society publishes the SLV Historian. This organization has published over 190 quarterly issues since 1969. We are actively seeking articles for upcoming publications. Anything related to the pre-history, history, geography, environment, folklore, or peoples of the valley are great topics. For more information contact Steve Corn at the SLV Museum in Alamosa. [email protected] (719) 587-0667 or the SLV Museum page. You can also contact Jay Warner through the SLV Historical Society page.
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