In the News: Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area
The Old Spanish Trail Archaeology and History Summit is taking place April 24 – 26, 2013, at Adams State University.Topics include, Introduction to the Old Spanish National Historic Trail, Mexican Trade Regulations and Old Spanish Trail Caravans: 1825-1848, The Santa Fe Trail - 75 Years of Federal Management, El Paraje: New Discoveries, and Tools and Partnerships for Evaluating and Researching the Old Spanish Trail. View the summit meeting location map.
Management Plan available for public review - limited time only: Please respond before February 9, 2013. "Eight years after beginning this process, we are one step closer to realizing our goals." The plan identifies programs and strategies to protect, develop, interpret and promote the national heritage area's culture, historic, recreation, scenic and natural resources.
"A Tortilla is Like Life" conversation with author Carole Counihan: Saturday, January 10, 2013, 10 am at the La Jara Library. While writing her book, "A Tortilla is Like Life", anthropologist Carole Counihan collected food-centered life histories from nineteen Hispanic women from the Southern San Luis Valley.
Join us for a conversation with Ms. Counihan on her study of Southern Colorado Hispanic foodways—beliefs and behaviors surrounding food production, distribution, preparation, and consumption.
Conejos County Library, La Jara, 17703 Hwy 285 (South of Centuari High School). Refreshments and activities for children will also be provided. Sponsored by the SLV Local Foods Coalition.
- Preservation Magazine 2012 Summer Issue: The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area was featured on the cover of Preservation magazine. Sangre De Cristo -- The history of three cultures set against pristine, unforgettable landscapes in Colorado's southernmost National Heritage Area.
- June, 2012 - Historic Conservation Easement in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains: From the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website, "Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced that noted conservationist Louis Bacon intends to donate a conservation easement totaling approximately 90,000 acres in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains bordering the San Luis Valley. This easement will provide the foundation for the proposed new Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area, which the Service is in the process of establishing.
- Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. Please join the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area Board of Directors for an evening of celebration to recognize past and current accomplishments. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with cocktails followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The live auction begins at 8 p.m. and the dance featuring Indian Nickel at 9 p.m. The event is being held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 112 8th St., Alamosa. Visit the website page for details.
- San Luis Valley and Central Sangre de Cristo Mountains Reconnaissance Survery: As part of the America's Great Outdoors initiative, the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar requested a survey of the natural and cultural resources found along the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. A draft reconnaissance survey of significant resources was prepared by the National Park Service in late 2012.
- San Luis Valley heritage study underway: From the Valley Courier, January 2012: "Over 400 people gathered at Adams State College to hear Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s vision for preserving and promoting the rich heritage of the San Luis Valley."
- Preserving heritage of SLV: From the Pueblo Chieftain, January 2012: "Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will sit down with San Luis Valley residents today at Adams State College to discuss how to preserve the region's landscape and cultural heritage."
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