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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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
05/14/2020

Fort Garland Museum

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!

Top Blanca Colorado original School and gymnasiumMiddle Fort Garland Colorado original School and gymnasiumBottom is Sie...
11/07/2019

Top Blanca Colorado original School and gymnasium
Middle Fort Garland Colorado original School and gymnasium
Bottom is Sierra Grande School
In 1955-1956 Blanca and Fort Garland consolidated and Sierra Grande School was born.Sierra Grande School is located between Fort Garland and Blanca
The Sierra Grande School when it was completed the first graduating class was 1958
How the naming of Sierra Grande was established came from Mt Blanca right behind the school it being such a Big Mountain they named the school and SIERRA GRANDE began!
The school colors for the Blanca were Blue and White
Fort Garland Pioneers were Black and Orange they got representatives from both schools to choose a color from their school and Sierra Grande Panthers became the Black and White! (credit for text and photos Benjamin Gallegos)

Conejos and Archuleta counties shared history. Did you know that Archuleta was originally part of Conejos County.After r...
10/31/2019
The first settlers

Conejos and Archuleta counties shared history. Did you know that Archuleta was originally part of Conejos County.

After reading the Pagosa springs news article make sure to check out the @Colorado Encyclopedia article:
"Before Europeans arrived, the area of Archuleta County was occupied first by Ancestral Pueblo peoples and later by Apache, Navajo, and Ute peoples. The county was formally created in 1885. It was named after J. M. Archuleta, the head of a prominent Spanish family in New Mexico, and also in honor of Antonio D. Archuleta, the state senator from Conejos County at the time."
https://coloradoencyclopedia.org/article/archuleta-county

http://www.pagosasun.com/the-first-settlers/

In 1876, Pagosa Country’s first settlers located along the road connecting Tierra Amarilla and the lower Animas Valley, where Durango is today. In the southern part of what today is Archuleta County, they settled on the banks of the Navajo River in the Edith area. Those first settlers were Jose Ma...

Where is the Oldest Town in Colorado? | History Colorado
10/16/2019
Where is the Oldest Town in Colorado? | History Colorado

Where is the Oldest Town in Colorado? | History Colorado

The question has been asked many times: What is the oldest town in Colorado? But history never has a nice, simple answer. Things are always much more complicated than they seem, and usually trying to find an answer just brings up more questions. But that’s fine! That’s part of what history is al...

Pike’s StockadeNational Register 10/15/1966, National Historic Landmark 7/4/1961, 5CN.75Located along the north bank of ...
10/16/2019

Pike’s Stockade
National Register 10/15/1966, National Historic Landmark 7/4/1961, 5CN.75

Located along the north bank of the Conejos River, the site marks the spot where, in 1807, Zebulon Pike raised the American flag over what was then Spanish territory. The site is now owned by History Colorado and a replica of the stockade exists near the location of the original structure. The stockade represents one of the first documented structures built by Americans in what is now Colorado. It also serves as a reminder of Colorado's role in North American exploration.

Pike’s Stockade
National Register 10/15/1966, National Historic Landmark 7/4/1961, 5CN.75

Located along the north bank of the Conejos River, the site marks the spot where, in 1807, Zebulon Pike raised the American flag over what was then Spanish territory. The site is now owned by History Colorado and a replica of the stockade exists near the location of the original structure. The stockade represents one of the first documented structures built by Americans in what is now Colorado. It also serves as a reminder of Colorado's role in North American exploration.

National Register 10/15/1966, National Historic Landmark 7/4/1961, 5CN.75
https://www.sangreheritage.org/historic-peoples-and-places/

More information:
https://coloradoencyclopedia.org/article/pike%E2%80%99s-stockade
https://npgallery.nps.gov/pdfhost/docs/nhls/text/66000244.PDF
#sdcnha #sangreheritageORG #ConejosCounty #structures #nationalhistoriclandmark #nationalregistryofhistoricplaces

On Thursday, Oct. 17 the San Luis Valley Museum Association will be hosting guest speaker Jillian Allison from History C...
10/09/2019
Monte Vista Historical Society & Transportation Museums

On Thursday, Oct. 17 the San Luis Valley Museum Association will be hosting guest speaker Jillian Allison from History Colorado to talk about the Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado (WVCC) which will commemorate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020. The presentation will be held at the Transportation of the West Museum at 916 First Ave. in Monte Vista at 11 a.m. The WVCC program is a comprehensive statewide effort to examine the importance of voting in our democracy.

On Thursday, Oct. 17 the San Luis Valley Museum Association will be hosting guest speaker Jillian Allison from History Colorado to talk about the Women’s Vote Centennial Colorado (WVCC) which will commemorate the Centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020. The presentation will be held at the Transportation of the West Museum at 916 First Ave. in Monte Vista at 11 a.m. The WVCC program is a comprehensive statewide effort to examine the importance of voting in our democracy.

Allison will also discuss how local residents, groups, or organizations interested in organizing an event or exhibit can get involved.

San Luis Valley - MuseumTrail.org Monte Vista Historical Society & Transportation Museums History Colorado
https://saguachetoday.com/2019/10/08/slv-museum-hosts-speaker/

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https://www.facebook.com/SanLuisValleyMuseum/ The SLV Museum has a complete set of SLV Historians.
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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