San Luis Valley Historical Society

San Luis Valley Historical Society Contact information, map and directions, contact form, opening hours, services, ratings, photos, videos and announcements from San Luis Valley Historical Society, History Museum, 208 Edgemont Boulevard, Alamosa, CO.

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.

Photos from Homelake Veterans' History Museum's post
09/22/2022

Photos from Homelake Veterans' History Museum's post

07/12/2022

Come join the fun this week!

Photos from Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area's post
06/01/2022

Photos from Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area's post

Antonito and the SPMDTU
05/20/2022
Colorado Voices | La Sociedad: S.P.M.D.T.U.

Antonito and the SPMDTU

The S.P.M.D.T.U. (La Sociedad Protección Mutua de Trabajadores Unidos) was founded in Antonito in 1900 and led the region’s Indio-Hispano and Latino settlers...

Garcia is an unincorporated community in Costilla County less than a mile from the boarder of New Mexico. Although San L...
04/01/2022

Garcia is an unincorporated community in Costilla County less than a mile from the boarder of New Mexico. Although San Luis, was established in 1851 it is known has the oldest town in Colorado, Garcia and its environs could arguably be considered as the oldest occupied area in the state. Originally called Plaza de los Manzanares for the two brothers who were among the first colonists of the Sangre de Cristo land grant in 1849, the community of Garcia earned its name in 1915 when another pair of brothers, Guillermo and Agipito Garcia, were granted permission to establish a post office in their store. The farming community of Garcia was founded in the early 1800’s.
The community at Manzanares was built on a plan, which was typical of later settlements. The colonizers erected their homes around a central plaza.

SANFORD HISTORIAN – Sanford History Museum
02/23/2022
SANFORD HISTORIAN – Sanford History Museum

SANFORD HISTORIAN – Sanford History Museum

SANFORD HISTORIAN The Sanford Historian is a newsletter of the Sanford History Museum. It features museum news and biographical information about people in our local history. Click here to receive future issues via email. Sanford-Historian-Issue-6-February-2022Download Sanford-Historian-Issue-5-Nove...

02/18/2022
Mellon Foundation Awards $1.5 Million for Groundbreaking Digital Project Focused on Enslaved Native Americans | School for Advanced Research

Mellon Foundation Awards $1.5 Million for Groundbreaking Digital Project Focused on Enslaved Native Americans | School for Advanced Research

Mellon Foundation Awards $1.5 Million for Groundbreaking Digital Project Focused on Enslaved Native Americans by operations | Feb 17, 2022 | Blog The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to fund Native Bound-Unbound: Archive of Indigenous Americans Enslaved, an unprecedented....

Photos from Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area's post
02/01/2022

Photos from Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area's post

The creation of Moffat & Hooper Colorado - Crestone Eagle
10/18/2021
The creation of Moffat & Hooper Colorado - Crestone Eagle

The creation of Moffat & Hooper Colorado - Crestone Eagle

Driving US territorial expansion west, a philosophy of the nation called “manifest destiny “made expansion a divine mission.” Coined in 1845, Manifest Destiny took the wheel, driving progress, telling those looking for a fresh start and those wanting to make big bucks this was the time and the...

Meet Dr. James Brooks, and artists jetsonorama and Gregg Deal
09/26/2021
Meet Dr. James Brooks, and artists jetsonorama and Gregg Deal

Meet Dr. James Brooks, and artists jetsonorama and Gregg Deal

This week in southern Colorado Join us in southern Colorado this week for two community gatherings with scholars and artists We hope you can join us for some upcoming Borderlands of Southern Colorado events in person and online and meet Dr. James Brooks and artists jetsonorama and Gregg Deal History...

07/29/2021
06/25/2021
The San Luis Valley Museum in Alamosa thanks  the Maestas School Desegregation Committee for the great set of posters an...
06/12/2021

The San Luis Valley Museum in Alamosa thanks the Maestas School Desegregation Committee for the great set of posters and flyers. Frames have been ordered to display them as part of our school exhibit. The museum would like to have Spanish language school books as part of our permanent display. Photos are also needed.

The San Luis Valley Museum in Alamosa thanks the Maestas School Desegregation Committee for the great set of posters and flyers. I ordered frames to display them as part of our school exhibit. The museum would like to have Spanish language school books as part of our permanent display. Photos are also needed. I can make copies so folks can keep the originals unless they wish them to be kept in acid free storage for the future. The display should be up in a week or so.

05/29/2021

The museums of Colorado's Museum Trail are opening up starting this Memorial Day Weekend!! Get out and explore the history of the Mystic San Luis Valley!

Photos from History Colorado's post
04/10/2021

Photos from History Colorado's post

01/19/2021

The Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway driving tour app is ready for your enjoyment and just in time for some leaf peeping! There's a Story Here!

Download the app:
https://www.travelstorys.com/download/

Thanks to the partnership with the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and their funding; as well as funding from the Colorado Tourism Office @ Visit Colorado, San Luis Valley Federal Bank, and the SLV Tourism Association @ Visit San Luis Valley, Colorado

11/20/2020
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 Streaming

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.

Smithsonian Associates has been educating and entertaining audiences for more than 50 Years.

Photos from Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area's post
10/19/2020

Photos from Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area's post

08/05/2020

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

Photos from Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center's post
05/14/2020

Photos from Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center's post

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.

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.

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.

Address

208 Edgemont Boulevard
Alamosa, CO
81101

General information

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.

Products

San Luis Valley Historian-Journal

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when San Luis Valley Historical Society posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to San Luis Valley Historical Society:

Videos

Share

Category


Other History Museums in Alamosa

Show All

Comments

Are you still publishing the San Luis Valley Historian? If so, I have an article you might be interested in titled "San Luis Valley District Attorneys." Covers 30 DAs from 1876 to date.
Where can I get copies of the San Luis Valley Historians? I need 3 of them. Thanks
According to family lore, my grandfather Arthur Zipprodt won a lottery for land in the Alamosa area, which brought him to Colorado. Is there anything that might prove this?
Please! In the interest of historical accuracy, don't use this church, which has been remodeled in "Santa Fe Style" as an icon for the historical society. It is beautiful, but not historically accurate!
"The town of Blanca was just about a year old, and the San Luis Southern Railway was just ten days old when the largest movement of passengers in the history of the railroad took the "Baseball Special" from Blanca to the brand new town of San Acacio. The railroad's opening day special had taken a group of dignitaries from B!anca to San Acacio on April 14, 1910, to inaugurate service to the Costilla Estates, and the following day regular passenger service began between the two towns."

Excerpt and photo from the San Luis Valley Historical Society Historian, Vol 10, Issue 2 - San Luis Southern Baseball Special
Hello, I'm trying to find out more about any impact in the San Luis Valley of the 1930s Depression-era "repatriation" of Mexicans from northern parts of Colorado. I'm curious for example whether any of the blockades described by historian Marjorie McIntosh as follows would have been set up near Antonito. McIntosh is quoted as saying, “The governor sent troops to set up barriers and stop trains, buses, and automobiles; anyone who looked suspicious was questioned by the soldiers, asked about their origins and financial situation." Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer, “ERACISM: Unwanted Latinos Deported from Boulder County in the 1930s. Boulder Weekly, April 17, 2014. Online at http://www.boulderweekly.com/news/eracism-unwanted-latinos-deported-from-boulder-county-in-the-1930s/. I am also curious whether anyone residing in the San Luis Valley would have been subject to repatriation to Mexico. Thank you for any information you may have or guidance you can offer me. I am curious in part because my mother's family is from La Jara and thereabouts.
Agnes Curry, Simsbury Connecticut
Hello, I'm trying to find out more about any impact in the San Luis Valley of the 1930s Depression-era "repatriation" of Mexicans from northern parts of Colorado. I'm curious for example whether any of the blockades described by historian Marjorie McIntosh as follows would have been set up near Antonito. McIntosh is quoted as saying, “The governor sent troops to set up barriers and stop trains, buses, and automobiles; anyone who looked suspicious was questioned by the soldiers, asked about their origins and financial situation." Jefferson Dodge and Joel Dyer, “ERACISM: Unwanted Latinos Deported from Boulder County in the 1930s. Boulder Weekly, April 17, 2014. Online at http://www.boulderweekly.com/news/eracism-unwanted-latinos-deported-from-boulder-county-in-the-1930s/. I am also curious whether anyone residing in the San Luis Valley would have been subject to repatriation to Mexico. Thank you for any information you may have or guidance you can offer me. I am curious in part because my mother's family is from La Jara and thereabouts.
Agnes Curry, Simsbury Connecticut
This Twitter account began on January 1st. It tweets the diary entries of Ethel Wyley, 85 years after she wrote them. She lived in Monte Vista in the 1930s and made clothes for women. Follow along if you're interested!
Hi Folks. We found this in our horse pasture, in Jaroso. Front: The Lobby/Antonito, Colo. Back: Good for 5(cents) in trade. Does anyone know anything about it? Thanks😊
¡Obtenga un trabajo que cuente! ¡El estará contratando miles de personas en las siguientes semanas! Solicite ahora en el 2020census.gov/Jobs
https://youtu.be/KEKt8E4K-jU
VEA CÓMO SUS RESPUESTAS PUEDEN DARLE FORMA A SU FUTURO
Su comunidad puede empezar a mejorar cuando usted responde al . En pocos minutos, puede dar forma a su futuro. Su respuesta determinará como miles de millones de dólares en fondos federales pueden ayudar a mejorar los servicios comunitarios, Head Start, SNAP, CHIP y programas que apoyan a negocios minoritarios. Su información personal se mantiene confidencial por ley y los datos obtenidos son solamente utilizados con propósitos de estadísticas, nunca son compartidos con otras agencias gubernamentales. Responda hoy en el 2020census.gov/es. También puede responder por teléfono en varios idiomas, al igual que por correo.
https://youtu.be/Vnw4il5qDQw