Apply to attend SLV Place-based Teacher Workshop

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is proud to present the SLV Place-based Teacher Workshop

Event Address: Adams State Nielsen Library 1701 First St, Alamosa, CO 81101
Contact us at (719)-580-4070 or

This is a one-day teacher workshop on Friday, November 3, 2017, From 9am to 4pm, lunch will be provided, and all participants will earn continuing education units. A limited number of seats are available for this event so please sign up as soon as possible. Priority will be given to the school districts within the heritage area boundaries of Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla Counties, but all San Luis Valley teachers and administrators are invited to attend, whether currently employed, retired, or in training.

This workshop is a great opportunity to learn about and share what is already being done and what can be done in the future regarding place-based/community-based learning in the K-12 school districts of the San Luis Valley. The SLV’s wonderful and unique past make it a great location for students to learn about archaeology, Native American histories, Hispanic history and culture, adobe architecture, our natural environment, conservation, and much more.

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area has partnered with Adams State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder to bring trainers experienced in creating curricula in line with Colorado state standards that focus on the local culture, history, and heritage. Come learn about the heritage area’s collection of primary sources, research, and oral history videos that will be available to local teachers for creating place-based lesson plans and the lesson plans that are available for immediate implementation.

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Now Hiring

If you enjoy promoting cultural preservation, heritage tourism, and the history of the San Luis Valley then come thrive in our friendly and collaborative environment.


Marketing and Outreach Assistant

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is seeking to hire a part time Marketing & Outreach Assistant.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Marketing experience
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Experience with social media use and analytics
  • Knowledge of print and radio media marketing is a plus
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Experience working with WordPress is a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree is a plus
  • 2 year’s relevant work experience
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds

Pay is $15-$18 per hour based on experience.


Fall Intern

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is seeking to hire a Fall intern.

This is a student position for a high school or college student age 16 or older.

Student will work on archiving documents and various community outreach efforts.

Student will work 10 hours a week, pay is $12/hr.


To apply for these positions send a letter of interest and resume/CV to with the subject line “job applicant” by October 13th, 2017.


Board Member Position

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) is seeking to fill several volunteer board member position from residents in Costilla and Conejos Counties. If you enjoy cultural preservation, heritage tourism, and historical work then come thrive in our friendly and collaborative environment.

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) Board of Directors provides the opportunity for local residents to become engaged in a leadership role.  Volunteers in these positions represent the voice of citizens in support of local heritage preservation efforts and the community-oriented mission of the Heritage Area, and are willing to commit to one meeting per month and participation on sub-committees.

Local projects have included historic building rehabilitation, interpretation of historic and scenic/recreational sites, educational programming and cultural events, and documentation of culturally significant components of traditional ways of life. These efforts seek to contribute to community building or heritage tourism, promote a spirit of pride and create a legacy in the Colorado counties of Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla.


Applicants are encouraged to attend the next Board of Directors meeting on October 18th, 2017.


We also encourage applicants to visit the SdCNHA’s website and review the organization’s Goals and Objectives, found on the Management Plan page:


Applications can be found on the website:

Completed applications and attachments should be mailed or hand delivered to the SdCNHA at the address noted below:

Mail to:

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

Attention: “Board Position”

P.O. Box 844

Alamosa, CO 81101


Or hand deliver to: 623 4th Street, Alamosa

Or email to

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Latino Heritage Intern Completes Service in the Valley

Marissa Ortega (far left) with the middle school Junior Archaeology camp


Marissa Ortega, Latino Heritage Intern, completed her service hours at the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

Marissa is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. She plans to continue her education by pursing a Masters in environmental policy and sustainable development.

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) is designed to address the lack of Latinos working in the National Park Service. “The NPS has a number of national internship programs that focus on increasing opportunities for diverse populations and ethnic groups. These programs include: The NPS Student Conservation Association (SCA) Academy, the Cultural Resources Diversity Intern Program, Mosaics in Science, the Ancestral Lands program, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Intern Program. None of these programs specifically target the fastest growing population group in the United States of America and the most underrepresented group in the NPS workforce. This program hopes to address this challenge,” – the LHIP organization.

Marissa shared her housing experience during her time in the Valley, “I live in a shared house inside the park and the view from my window is breathtaking, as I wake up every morning to the sun rising above the snow-capped mountains.”

                                                                                                 Marissa Ortega (left) and Tori Martinez, Executive Director of SdCNHA (right) At a booth at the SummerFest


Marissa assisted the heritage area with a booth at the SummerFest where she helped youth bob for duckies. Later in the summer she helped with the Junior Archaeologist Camp. She also planned her own programming for youth at the Sand Dunes. Other activities included water research, visitor services at the Sand Dunes, and GPS mapping.

Marisa said her favorite place in the Valley was Zapata Falls, It’s “where the most beautiful and most accessible waterfall is in Mosca. The hike is only half a mile and the view is spectacular. Considering that I am from sea level, hikes are really difficult for me here at Great Sand Dunes because we sit at 8,000 feet in elevation, so a mile hike uphill is exhausting and I feel like I just ran a marathon.”

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is committed to working with interns both locally and through programs such as the Latino Heritage Internship.

For information on other internship opportunities with the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area visit the website at


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Music Is In the Air

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area has supported musical endeavors since its inception. They are particularly fond of a recently completed project with Adams State University’s music program and  Dr. Beth Robison Music Department Chair, to perform some original pieces about the San Luis Valley.

The original musical pieces were played by the ASU Winds and Percussion group at various events during the past few months. The pictured event you see is at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

The composers shared their inspiration for creating the pieces:

Sisnaajiní, or Dawn Mountain, is a fanfare composed for the Adams State University Winds and Percussion during the fall of 2016. “Sisnaajiní,” the name given to Mount Blanca by the Navajo people, is the eastern boarder of their homeland. The legend says that the Holy people traveled to the mountain by rainbow and sun beams to decorate it. They used white to bring positive thoughts and thinking, and then fastened the mountain to the earth with a great bolt of lightning. The main theme of the piece represents the Holy ones leading their people to Dawn Mountain. The horn glissandos throughout signify the rainbows and sun beams, while the B section characterizes the decorations and positivity the people brought to the mountain. There is a percussion break tying the B section back to the A section which symbolizes the lightning bolt. The piece ends with a magnificent fanfare to portray the gift of the mountain.”  ~Brandi Quinn

Querencia was commissioned by James Doyle and the Adams State University Wind Ensemble for premiere at the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs on January 27, 2017. It is dedicated to Lillian Gomez, Marcella Garcia, and the Adams State Title V Office for their support of the project. Querencia comes from the Spanish verb meaning “to desire” and is a concept that describes a place where one feels safe, and at home.”  ~Jennifer K. Bellor

“The inspiration for Montaña Blanca sprouts from the roots of Mt. Blanca. The mountain sits at a grand height of 14,344 feet and is the fifth tallest peak in Colorado. Two cultures that have great prevalence in the area surrounding Mount Blanca are the Native Americans of the region and the prevalent Hispanic culture. Both cultures are featured in the piece in two very different styles of music, and in both sections there are quotes of the other culture. The piece is representative of the diversity and cultural mixing present at the roots of the beautiful mountain resting at the eastern edge of the San Luis Valley.”  ~Ryan Watters

A World in this Grain of Sand is inspired by three geologic processes that formed Colorado’s San Luis Valley.  You will hear: rifting (as repetitive patterns interrupted by percussive fissures), the La Garita Caldera Eruption (as the percussive shock wave of the eruption, falling debris, and the accelerating pyroclastic flow), and sedimentation (as shakers, rain sticks, maracas, and ocean drum, mimicking the sound of sands filling the Valley floor). The piece takes its title from two poems that express Earth’s rugged beauty: Blake’s Auguries of Innocence (“To see a World in a Grain of Sand…”) and Service’s A Grain of Sand (“…Life’s mystery might be solved in this grain of sand.”).  Fittingly, the piece ends with the hymn For the Beauty of the Earth, recalling and celebrating the magnificent creation of one of Earth’s most beautiful places. This piece is presented in collaboration with Dr. Tracy Doyle and with special thanks to Dr. James Doyle, Dr. Angela Winter, and the Adams State University Wind Ensemble.”  ~Chelsea Oden

“The overall concept of El Ranchero was to depict the life of this rancher: the day-in-day-out, ‘fingers to the bone’ hard work, coupled with the merriment and celebration of time spent with family and friends. While the main theme is a melancholy one, it is contrasted by the happier, livelier sections… hard work with ‘hard’ play. My mother’s side of the family is Hispanic, and only a generation from working out on the ranch. If I have learned one thing from my family’s stories or from my great uncle, Tío Pete, it is that the work is long, and the work is tough, but in that work lies a great sense of pride to counter its great pain. When the week draws to a close, there’s time for music and fun to wash away all the hardships of the daily work. In this rancher’s world I see the San Luis Valley. I see the scrub grass and the chico brush, the sand dunes and the mountains, and imagine this rancher working from sunup to sundown, with the land’s intense and harsh beauty as his backdrop..”   ~David J. Pierce

San Luis Snapshots for solo horn and wind ensemble was commissioned by and written for Angela Winter and the Adams State University Wind Ensemble for their 2017 CMEA conference performance.  Before writing the work, I downloaded several photos of the San Luis Valley depicting it at various times of day and various seasons. It is amazing how many moods are reflected in these photos. One photo made the valley look almost like a lunar landscape and that is reflected in the introduction. The fast section represents the great expanse of the area and the freedom of nature.. The waltz reflects the simple beauty of the valley with its various grasses and wildflowers. The hymn-like horn chorale is a “nod” to the Shrine of the Stations of the Cross. The work also exhibits compositional processes other than programmatic, which include a fugue and simultaneous recapitulation.”  ~Jack Stamp

ValleViejo: The Colorado San Luis Valley is an overture-style piece in five main sections written for the Adams State University Winds and Percussion during the 2016 – 2017 academic year. The five sections of this work are meant to reflect the towering majesty of Mt. Blanca, the annual Bear Dance ritual of the Utes native to the San Luis Valley, Mal Acogido reflecting the disdain and frustrations of both the early Spanish and Mexican settlers in the valley as well as the native peoples, La Calamidad signifies the cultural losses on both sides of the Spanish / Ute conflict and the closing section represents the Renewal of both the spirit and lives of the people in the valley as well as a re-kindling of the sense of honor and beauty of this unique landscape.”   ~ John Brindle


For more information about the types of projects funded by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area visit their website at


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Apply to present at the Saving Places Conference

As one of the major supporters of historical and cultural preservation in the San Luis Valley, the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area would like to encourage Valley locals to apply to be a presenter at the 21st annual Saving Places Conference.

Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) has begun accepting applications from presenters for their 2018 Saving Places Conference, scheduled for January 31 – February 2, in Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. This annual event is an opportunity for preservation-minded individuals and professionals to get high-quality education through sessions and speakers, and to network with colleagues and leaders in the preservation field.

The 2018 conference will celebrate Colorado’s diverse history with a tentative theme of “Preserving the Places that Matter.” The 2018 Conference will provide an opportunity to shed light on underrepresented sites and communities in the San Luis Valley, and give voice to the stories of the cultural sites, places that matter, and history of the San Luis Valley that often go untold to areas outside the Valley.

CPI is accepting presentation applications until their deadline on August 18, 2017. If you are passionate about preservation, the history of the San Luis Valley, are excited about new techniques, tools or technology that helps with preservation work, or if you just finished work on a project or a site and are excited to talk about it, then now is your time.


  • Educational Sessions: These sessions are 75 minutes in length and can include any of the following –
    • Panel discussion
    • Case study – presentation on a specific project or site
    • Continuing education credit – APA and AIA credits are offered at the Conference
    • Presentation by an expert
  • Tours: Tours offer attendees an up-close opportunity to experience preservation-in-action around the Denver metro area. Proposals should provide compelling detail on the tour site, start and finish locations, a proposed tour schedule, minimum/maximum tour size, and preferred date and time slot.
  • Workshops: Workshops offer in-depth, hands-on exploration of a topic. Session length can range from 180 minutes to a full day. Proposals should clearly outline special project needs, material expenses, equipment, etc.
  • Hot Topic Sessions: These sessions are 30 minutes in length and work best with no more than 1-2 speakers. Hot topic sessions are intended to be high energy and focused while presenting a brief overview of a topic or project.

SESSION CATEGORY/THEME: New this year, CPI is asking session presenters to label their sessions with a category or theme to help Conference attendees in selecting the sessions they would like to attend. Session Categories are –

  • Case Study (successful, failed, or ongoing project stories)
  • Project Funding (grants, tax credits, other)
  • Technical Preservation Methods (hands-on methods and best practices)
  • Technology and Social Media (social media, internet, and new digital tools)
  • General Education (Preservation 101, general preservation information, in-depth look at resource types, topics of general interest)
  • Advocacy and Policy
  • Community Development and Tourism
  • Marketing Techniques (techniques to promote a project/site/museum)

Visit the CPI website to learn more, to see a list of past presentations, and to submit your proposal for the 2018 Saving Places Conference

For more information on the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area visit their website at


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Local students become junior archaeologists for a week

Middle school camp

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and The Fort Garland Museum (a History Colorado Museum), partnered for their third annual Junior Archaeologist Camp.

Middle school students participated in a three-day camp the week of July 10th. During the week of July 17th  the high school students have a week-long camp. Some of the sites they visited include the petroglyphs of Trinchera Creek, the Scott Miller prehistoric archaeological site, the Baca National Wildlife Refuge, Trujillo Homestead National Historic Landmark, and observation at an active archaeological survey in Punche Valley.

“It has been the funnest camp that I’ve ever been to. I paid to go to [another] camp and this was not only better, but free. I cannot thank you enough,”- Damion Garcia (middle school camp). Damion is from the Alamosa School District. He applied to the camp because he wanted to learn more about his ancestors and how they came to the San Luis Valley.

The camp is designed to expose students to the history, culture, and archaeology of the San Luis Valley, and to cultivate relationships between students from different school districts within the three counties of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area; Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla.

Nicholas Scarborough, Park Ranger at the Sand Dunes served as Camp Leader. He helped the students to recognize their personal strengths, develop a sense of social responsibility to care for our area’s heritage and historical artifacts. He also introduced them to the concept of constant reflection about the meaning and purpose of what they were learning.  Learning new and exciting things during this camp has been a rewarding adventure for camp students.

Students learning to use an ancient atlatl

“I had never been to those sites before and it was really cool learning more about the history of the Valley,” Adrian Churder (High School camp). Adrian is from the North Conejos School District. He applied to the camp in an effort to learn more about archaeology.

The Scott Miller site, located on the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge, was a favorite for the camp participants. This site is usually closed to the public. However, owners granted permission for the camp to access the site. While at the site, students saw some of the artifacts dating back 10,000 years or more, including a mammoth tooth. Students were surprised to learn that these majestic beasts used to roam the San Luis Valley. The site holds more than 1,000 identified artifacts.

Latino Heritage Intern, Marissa Ortega, who is a shared intern between the Great Sand Dunes National Park and the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area had the opportunity to assist with the middle school camp. “One site that was of particular interest to me was the Scott Miller site at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. I was able to hold ivory tusks, a whole intact tooth, and an arm bone! Talk about the coolest camp ever!”

High school camp

For more information about the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area visit their website at

For more information about the Fort Garland Museum call 719-379-3512

For more information about the Great Sand Dunes National Park visit their website at






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Archaeological Survey of Rio Grande Natural Area and Punche Valley

Paleocultural Research Group, Archaeology Camp students, and SdCNHA Board Members near Lobatos Bridge


 The San Luis Valley has a long and rich human history, as the area served as a seasonal hunting ground to prehistoric and Native American cultures. Therefore, the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, History Colorado, and the Bureau of Land Management have partnered to fund the Paleocultural Research Group (PCRG) to conduct an Archaeological inventory in southeastern Conejos County.

The purpose of the project is to develop a dataset of the archaeological resources of the area. The area is rich in Native American rock art, historic homesteads, irrigation features, historic trails, Native American camps, centennial farms, ranch complexes, structures, fences, and other aspects of the cultural landscape.

Native American arrowhead discovered in Punche Valley

The fieldwork for this project is taking place in July, 2017. During the week of July 10 the middle school students of the Junior Archaeologist Camp had the opportunity to observe the work.  During the week of July 17 the high school students of the Junior Archaeologist Camp will have a more in depth experience with the professionals conducting the survey. The Junior Archaeologist Camp is a partnership between The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, the Fort Garland Museum, and the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.

Interest in the archaeology of the San Luis Valley has grown over the past decade, because it is one of the most unique and well preserved cultural landscapes in the nation. However, the Valley remains one of the least studied locations in Colorado.

Victoria Martinez, Executive Director of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area stated that, “unfortunately, some of the sites being surveyed show signs of disturbance by local collectors, and other sites have damage due to graffiti. We hope that educating locals and visitors about the historical and cultural significance of these sites will prevent future damage.”

Petroglyph Panel


The volunteer team will be using various methods to record the rock art in the area including photography documentation, sketches, and 1:1-scale tracing on Mylar. Ten rock art sites have been documented in the area, of these four have been chosen for intensive documentation during this project. The PCRG research group plans to archive any culturally significant finds at The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in their repository vault.

PCRG’s Research Director Dr. Mark Mitchell, serving as principal investigator, stated that he is being assisted by Chris Johnston, Assistant State Archaeologist and State PAAC Coordinator, PCRG Project Archaeologist Amy Nelson, and PCRG Lab Supervisor Britni Rockwell. In addition, PCRG hired two additional paid staff to supervise the survey and evaluation crews. “The crews together will include at least 10 volunteers per day; volunteers will include both professional and avocational archaeologists. Members of the Colorado Rock Art Association supervised by at least one paid crew chief will be dedicated to rock art documentation.”

For more information about the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area visit their website at



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Impact of National Heritage Areas

National Heritage Areas expand on traditional conservation approaches by supporting large-scale, community-driven initiatives that engage communities in heritage preservation activities. National Heritage Area entities, such as the local Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, collaborate with stakeholders to determine how to make heritage relevant to local needs and interests. These entities serve as catalysts for community and economic development.

In 2016 National Heritage Areas leveraged $45.5 million in cash and in-kind support to carry out heritage projects and programs, greatly increasing the impact of the $18.8 million in federal Heritage Partnership Program funding they received.

Partnerships are essential to National Heritage Areas. Through community outreach efforts National Heritage Areas engaged 1,929 formal partners and 5,000 informal partners in heritage area activities. Local communities benefited from 41,135 volunteers, these volunteers contributed over 660,401 hours for heritage area projects – that is a $14.6 million value.

National Heritage Areas fall under the National Park Service, which is a part of the U.S. Department of the Interior. These entities utilize place-based, community-driven conservation efforts and preservation activities for economic development to preserve the country’s Heritage. In 2016, across the country, National Heritage Areas and their partners are reviving historic downtowns, preserving battlefields and industrial sites, and sharing the nation’s history through the arts.

Through the National Heritage Areas 211 historic sites and 10,442 acres of cultural landscapes have been preserved and maintained across the country. Locally, the Nassario Gallegos house in San Luis, the Sangre de Cristo Heritage Center, the old Train Depot in Antonito, along with other archaeological sites, and historic buildings were preserved for future generations.

Each National Heritage Area contributed to a total of 72 community development projects, including streetscape improvement and art projects like the local mural restoration project in Conejos County.

Nationally, there were 80 collections projects, including the conservation of artifacts and the creation of oral histories through the Voices of the Valley project initiated by Dr. Benjamin Waddell (former professor at Adams State) and Victoria Martinez (executive director of Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area).

Awarding community grants is a large part of the work conducted by National Heritage Areas. In total 73 historic preservation grants were awarded in the amount of $1 million.

Conservation activities led by National Heritage Area entities and their partners improve air and water quality and support healthy ecosystems: 7,572 acres of land were restored and maintained via invasive species removal, replanting and toxic site clean-up. In addition, 44 conservation grants were awarded in the amount of $743,664. Through recreational projects such as land and water trails. National Heritage Areas are improving connectivity and accessibility, and creating more vibrant and healthy communities.

Community recreation, was also part of National Heritage Area work. In the past year 110 recreation projects were undertaken. For example, 395 miles of trails were maintained and 25 new miles of trails were developed. In addition, 50 recreation grants were awarded in the amount of $1.7 million.

It is also important for National Heritage Areas to educate current and future leaders. Through programs such as the Summer Junior Archaeologist Camp, which is a partnership between Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, The Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and History Colorado. National Heritage Areas and their partners are providing meaningful and inspirational connections to our nation’s heritage and exploring the qualities and skills of leadership.

There were also 198 educational programs offered, such as the Summer Latino Teacher Workshop. This workshop was a partnership between the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and CU Boulder. Local teachers were trained on how to create curriculum incorporating oral history videos about local culture and heritage. A total of 341 grants to support educational programs were awarded this past year, by all the National Heritage Areas in the amount of $1.2 million.

To learn more about the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area visit their website at

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A New Place-based Curriculum for Valley Teachers

                                                          Colorado teachers at the Summer Latino Teacher Workshop


The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA), in partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder), has launched a place-based program to train local teachers on creating lessons and curriculum about local culture, history and heritage.

On June 18th, local teachers from the North Conejos and South Conejos school districts were sponsored by the SdCNHA to attended the Summer Latino Teacher Workshop hosted by CU Boulder. The teachers’ travel, lodging, and fees were covered by the SdCNHA. Sixty teachers from Boulder County, and the San Luis Valley attended the workshop. Teachers received CEU credits and graduate credits for the work done during the workshop to create specific lessons for K-12 students.

CU Boulder originally launched the teacher workshop as part of their Boulder County Latino History Project, now in its fifth year. The purpose of the Boulder project is to highlight the Latino contributions that have been almost invisible in standard histories of Boulder County and in the American history taught in local schools. Many families (whether deeply rooted in the community or more recent arrivals) have their own stories about the past, but these memories have rarely been recorded and are in danger of being lost.

Similarly, through placed-based learning, the SdCNHA wishes to highlight the diverse ethnicities and contributions in the San Luis Valley that are also in danger of being lost. Toward that effort, Victoria Martinez and Dr. Benjamin Waddell have worked diligently to collect, record, and preserve over 80 oral histories of Valley locals in video form. These oral history videos are in the process of being made available to the public via the heritage area’s YouTube channel (Sangre NHA). The lessons local teachers will create will be available to Valley teachers and teachers throughout Colorado via the heritage area’s website (

                                                      Victoria Martinez presenting at the Summer Teacher Workshop

There are two dimensions to place-based learning worthy of highlight, as they relate to K-12 schools in the San Luis Valley. Dimension one empowers schools to recognize the value of local knowledge and experience by promoting learning within local communities as a means of forging a deeper connection between students and residents, and in this manner, validating local knowledge and experiences.

Dimension two calls for firm investments in human capital at the local level in order to promote quality leadership within Valley communities. The SdCNHA is interested in investing in local teachers to assist them in creating place-based curriculum that meets Colorado state standards, without adding an additional component to their already hectic teaching schedules.

Possible lesson topics explored by the teachers include: art, music, remedios (remedies), Hispanic migration, agriculture, rural women, conservation, Native American traditions, food traditions, the Spanish dialect of the upper Rio Grande area, and poetry.

Any local teachers within the three counties of the SdCNHA interested in participating in this program who are willing to create K-12 curriculum are urged to contact the SdCNHA at


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New Tour Launched Through Colorado’s Three National Heritage Areas

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, in collaboration with Colorado’s two other National Heritage Areas, has created a new tour highlighting Colorado’s rich culture and heritage.

The Cache la Poudre River, South Park, and Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Areas have worked diligently with the Colorado Tourism Office on a coordinated tourism effort, that showcases the importance and accessibility of these unique areas. A new website ( includes a map that connects travelers to all three areas while providing information on recreational and educational opportunities available in each area.

Sangre de Cristo offers historical and culturally immersive experiences through train rides, outdoor excursions, summer festivals, and cultural events. In Sangre de Cristo you can sand board down the highest dunes in the country, fish in the pristine rivers, spend the day on a train riding the narrow gauge railroad, or take a drive on Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic Byway. For the artfully minded, come experience a new type of art scene with a mural tour. While the spiritually inclined, can take a tour of the old mission churches.

South Park showcases education through recreational themes, interpretive exhibits, and heritage trails. In South Park you can enjoy nature along alpine hiking trails, have an immersive experience on a dude ranch, or take in the art scene at several galleries.

Cache la Poudre River highlights how local industry can play a role in National Heritage Areas through railroads, ranching, and beer. In Cache la Poudre you can enjoy nature on a walking or biking tour, or take in the sights on a driving tour.

Cultural heritage tourism can provide visitors with a more authentic experience. Revitalized main streets allow visitors the opportunity to enjoy the ambiance of historical settings. Whereas, cultural preservation on historic buildings allows visitors and residents alike a glimpse into life as it was during the building’s construction. Visit the new website ( to discover some of Colorado’s hidden treasures and plan your next vacation as a heritage tour through colorful Colorado.

For more information, please contact:

Kathleen Benedict, Executive Director Poudre Heritage Alliance 970-295-4851

Victoria Martinez, Executive Director Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area 719-580-4070

Andrew Spencer, Executive Director South Park National Heritage Area 719-836-4298


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