Walking Through Our Past

Experience the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area by walking through our past on youth led walking tours with Caminos del Valle. Caminos del Valle is a connection focused walking community and program partner of the Walk2Connect Cooperative. Walk2Connect helps connect people to one another, to the places they live and to themselves through walking. They host community walking and hiking events throughout the year, train walking leaders and inspire connection-focused walking culture.

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area Executive Director Tori Martinez has worked with Jonathan Stalls, Walk2Connect Founder/Co-op Owner as Team Support, to tie in local heritage and history to these walks.

She states, “I am proud of the youth leaders for their passion about heritage and culture. They have worked hard to learn about the history of where the walks take place. The youth are also building life-long skills during this program that are transferable to any career they pursue in the future.”

What makes the walks through the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area special alongside Walk2Connect programming is the focus on youth leadership.

“Youth are open, curious and passionate. Inviting them into more body movement, more time in nature and more human connection outside of walls and screens can do beautiful things. Weaving intention, stewardship and education around their local heritage, culture, and land is beautiful and necessary. Adding leadership and group facilitation skills is formative and empowering ~ for everyone involved. I’m so proud of these young people. It’s our first time hosting walks in these ways and they are doing such a great job” shared Jonathon.

“We strongly encourage young people and their families to join the walks to not only support our leaders, but to learn more about their culture and to see themselves as future leaders for things like this. The more young people we have connecting to one another, to the places they live and to themselves, the better,” continues Jonathon.

There are 4 walks left in this summer’s schedule that vary in topics and length.

On Saturday July 28th there will be a 3-4 mile forest walk in Osier. This walk will move through and around public lands on the Eastern side of Osier Mountain just west of Magote and Antonito. Youth Walking Leaders will guide participants into conversations on land conservation, public land resources, hunting practices in the San Luis Valley, local plants and more.

August 3rd’s tour features a 2 mile Lobatos Bridge and the Rio Grande River Walk. This will be a relaxing and beautiful big sky walking experience, visiting the historic Lobatos Bridge crossing over the Rio Grande River. Youth Walking Leaders will guide participants through a variety of themes related to native and local culture and heritage, Rio Grande river conservation, preservation and information on nearby petroglyphs.

On Saturday Aug 4th a walk through the history of Conejos County Mission Church’s with an all day 9-10 mile walk. Youth Walking Leaders will guide participants through a variety of themes connected to cultural heritage, religious traditions, and rooted practices. The walk will follow rural roads moving from one Mission Church to the next, with good breaks and community connections.

Then on Saturday August 11th, the Youth Walking Leaders will conclude this season with a walk through the history of Costilla County Mission Churches. They will guide participants through a variety of themes connected to cultural heritage, religious traditions and rooted practices. The tour will make its way on rural roads moving from San Luis, to San Pedro, to San Pablo and finishing in San Francisco. This will be an all-day walking experience with good breaks and community connections.

The walks are free to the public. However, anyone wishing to make a donation can send it to the SdCNHA. Specify you want your donation to go toward next year’s program to train more youth leaders.

For more information please visit www.walk2connect.com/slvyouthwalks2018 or call (719) 679-3119

For more information about the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area please visit www.sdcnha.org

Current partners of Walk2Connect and Caminos del Valle summer walking series are: San Luis Valley Great Outdoors (SLVGO), Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SDCNHA), Move Mountains Project San Luis, Conejos Clean Water, San Luis Valley Conservation and Connection Initiative and Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU).

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Upward Bound Student Interns at the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

 

Alexander Stokes, a student from Alamosa High School, served a four week internship at the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area during the month of June.

Tori Martinez, the Executive Director for SdCNHA said this about Alex’s internship, “It’s my belief that when a person gets the opportunity to do an internship, especially one for a national organization, it’s the time to do your absolute best, to outperform, to over deliver, and to find and fill a need. Alex did all those things.”

Alex organized, archived, and researched heritage area documents for the staff. He helped with promotional preparation for the busy summer season and learned about the daily tasks of working for a National Heritage Area. In addition Alex also assisted in creating a set of self-guided tour itineraries.

 

In addition to performing much needed work at the SdCNHA, Alex was also mentored by the staff and board members. He was able to take a tour of Conejos County, and visit the Conejos Museum and Visitor Center also run by SdCNHA.

 

Alexander is a participant in the Adams State University’s Upward Bound Program. Upward Bound is a federally funded grant with the TRiO Program at Adams State University. Upward Bound is designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds, supplementing their existing education and preparing them for academic success at all educational levels. Upward Bound provides opportunities for students to prepare for college entrance, succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately achieve success in higher education pursuits.

Admission to the ASU Upward Bound Program is based on student grades, teacher recommendations, and two written essays from the student. Students with an interest in postsecondary success are especially encouraged to apply. The program consists of an academic year program and a summer residential program.

 

Each summer, qualifying rising seniors apply for and compete to participate in Upward Bounds Work Internship Program, and can earn up to $600 per month.  Students work in various departments on campus, as well as off campus at local organizations and businesses.  The program is designed to expose students to possible career choices, and help them to achieve the skills, motivation and determination necessary to obtain a college degree.   It also helps them to develop an understanding of the attitudes and ethics that are necessary to achieve success in a professional career. “We love being able to provide internship opportunities to our students not only for the work experience, but for the opportunity to network and make meaningful connections.” Said Angelica Valdez, Executive Director of ASU’s Upward Bound Program.

To be selected for the program, a student must be a current Upward Bound participant who has completed the 11th grade, and has exemplary citizenship at their schools, as well as Upward Bound.

For more information about the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area please visit www.sdcnha.org.

For more information about Upward Bound please visit https://blogs.adams.edu/upward-bound/

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Intermountain Region Heritage Area Directors meet in Boulder

Across America there are places that are richly layered with stories of people, their traditions and arts, their histories and their breathtaking landscapes. Forty-eight of these areas have been recognized by Congress as places that have made significant contributions to the history of and the formation of the United States. These places have  have been designated as National Heritage Areas.

In 2009 Congress established the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) in the San Luis Valley for the purposes of providing an “integrated and cooperative approach for the protection, enhancement, and interpretation of the natural, cultural, historic, scenic and recreational resources of the area.” In the feasibility study that led to this national recognition it was stated that SdCNHA represents a “profound historical, religious, cultural, ethnic and biological diversity that historically served as a staging ground for a new nation that was being redefined. Hispano, Anglo and Native American Cultures interacted in this area, witnessing the convergence of the old with the new.

Alex Hernandez, the National Heritage Area Regional Coordinator for the National Park Service (NPS), led a two-day training session in Boulder, Colorado in mid-June. “The National Park Service was pleased to host a regional National Heritage Areas workshop, where representatives from the Intermountain Region’s six National Heritage Areas could collaborate with one another and share ideas for engaging the public on meaningful heritage-oriented projects. The Intermountain Region’s heritage areas highlight the diverse and significant stories of our nation’s history and the West. Their community-driven efforts to tell these stories demonstrate the importance of partnerships among communities, heritage areas, and National Park units.”

Tori Martinez, Executive Director of Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, stated “We are proud to be a part of this national effort to preserve, protect, and promote our countries stories and natural resources. Though each National Heritage Area is unique in what we focus on, we all strive to share our piece of the countries history with locals and visitors. This common goal provides many opportunities for collaboration, which makes National Heritage Areas a good model of partnerships with government and the private sector, nonprofit and business, higher education and K-12.”

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area(CO), was one of six National Heritage Areas represented at the Boulder training. The others were South Park National Heritage Area(CO) and Cache la Poudre National Heritage Area(CO), Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area(NM), Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area(UT) and Yuma National Heritage Area(AZ). Some of the topics covered were collaboration efforts between National Parks and Heritage Areas and Heritage Areas with each other, legislative outreach, resource needs, reauthorization planning, sustainability, technical assistance opportunities and National Parks Service support.

Each Heritage Area was able to share about the projects going on in their region and highlight some of the work they have done to help preserve and protect their sacred places.

“It was amazing to hear stories about history and culture from the regional representatives. One of the most important lessons I took from the workshop was the realization we all share so much of the same story. The people and their heritage on the land we all love is the communal experience we all strive to preserve and protect. Together we can bring a tapestry of wonderful stories to the public square.” said James Nelson, Associate Director of Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area.

Each heritage area was able to share what programs they have accomplished in the last year and the efforts they are making for their heritage area to have sustainable resources for the future. One effort that is universal across the board is the heritage areas partnerships with National Park Service.

Kathleen Benedict, Executive Director of Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area stated, “Working collaboratively with our National Park Service representatives in the Intermountain Region helps National Heritage Areas like the Cache la Poudre River by integrating and promoting our initiatives on a larger scale. These cooperative efforts ultimately allow smaller organizations like the Poudre Heritage Alliance to have a bigger impact on a national-level, thereby assisting with the fulfillment of our organizational goals and mission.”

National Heritage Areas are not national park units. NPS does not assume ownership of land inside the boundary of each National Heritage Area nor does the NPS impose land use controls as a result of National Heritage Area designation. Rather, NPS partners with, provides technical assistance, and distributes matching federal funds from Congress to National Heritage Area coordinating entities. Some heritage areas like Sangre de Cristo have a National Park within their boundaries and thus create even closer partnerships.

Kathy Faz, Chief Interpreter for Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve also attended the training. She stated, “Great Sand Dunes is proud to be included within the boundaries of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, it allows the park to enhance our visitor’s experience within the surrounding communities. We will continue to support a variety of community-based activities that celebrate the rich culture and history of the southern San Luis Valley.”

One thing was evident, National Heritage Area staff and National Parks staff all care greatly about preserving our nation’s historic and geographic features and will continue to work in close partnership for generations to come, so that tourists and residents alike can continue to enjoy America’s past, present and future.

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Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein Memorial July 7th in Antonito

A memorial event will be held in honor of the passing of noted muralist and artist Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein on July 7th, 2018 in Antonito, Colorado.

Frederick Fitzjarrald Haberlein, Lightning Heart, was born December 7, 1944. He grew up at the Conejos Ranch on the Conejos River in southern Colorado. Fred graduated from Antonito High School, attended Colorado State University with a degree in sculpture and anthropology and attended graduate school at Arizona State University, where he studied printmaking. During and after graduate school, Haberlein lived in Oracle, Arizona., working alongside other artists at Rancho Linda Vista. In 1984, Fred returned to Conejos Ranch and began painting murals in Colorado, the first of which was a Virgin Mary for his high school classmate Johnny Johnson, who was nearly killed in the Vietnam War.

Haberlein went on to complete 80 murals in the San Luis Valley before moving to Glenwood Springs with his wife, Teresa Platt, in 1988. He continued mural work, completing 140 pieces of public art including pictures on the main streets of Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Leadville, Gunnison, Salida, Alamosa, LaJara, Romeo and Antonito. For 18 years, Haberlein taught Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain at Colorado Mountain College.

One of his more recent projects was the repainting of a mural of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2016 in Antonito, through a grant from the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area,which he completed despite being diagnosed with esophageal cancer and undergoing treatment at the time.

Fred loved native American culture, painting, juggling, hiking, skiing and hanging out with friends. He is survived by his wife, Teresa; brother, Bill; son, Kort, and daughter-in-law, Sandy; and 2 grandchildren, West and Ryan.

The memorial event will begin with a viewing of a recent documentary on Mr. Haberlein  beginning at 12 noon in the Antonito Fire Department Building. Attendees will then proceed to the Conejos County Museum, located at the intersection of Hwy 17 and Hwy 285 in Antonito, for a viewing of selected art pieces.  At 2pm, beginning at the Conejos County Museum, there will be a guided walking tour of the Antonito murals painted by Fred.

The family requests contributions to the Fred Haberlein Documentary Fund in lieu of flowers. Contact info@carbondalearts.com or 963-1680. Donations will help see the film to completion.

Memorial event sponsors are the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, Conejos Clean Water, Caminos de Valle,  Dutch Mill Restaurant and G6.

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Update on the Spring Fire our Heritage Area

Hello San Luis Valley tourists and residents,

Here is an update on the Spring Fire in our Heritage Area.

As of 10:20am Monday, July 2nd the Spring Fire was measured at 56,820 acres with 5% containment. There are 550 personnel working the fire.

Road Closures — As of 1am July 2nd – US Hwy 285 is closed between Antero Junction and Fairplay.  CO 9 and US 24 being used as alternate routes. As of 7:22am July 2nd – Hwy 12 is closed between the Cuchara Pass area and La Veta.  US Hwy 160 is still closed in both directions over La Veta Pass between Fort Garland and La Veta. No estimated time for reopening. US 50 west of Pueblo is open to US 285.

Weather: Per Incident Mgmt Team Black – As of 9am July 2nd: Weather remains unstable, and a warming trend continues today with temperatures approaching 90F. Relative humidity is decreasing and could reach single digits today. Winds are from the west-southwest at 10 to 14 mph with gusts nearing 25 mph. These factors align for another day of extreme fire behavior.

The Great Sand Dunes National park and preserve is open with Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in Effect Check their website alerts for updates.

All the museums in our heritage area are open.  Check the SLV Museum Association’s website for locations and hours of operations.

The Rio Grande Scenic Railroad has suspended operations. Please check their Facebook page for updates to their schedule and operations.

The Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad is still operating with normal trains running daily. Visit their website for more information

NOAA Weather Radio Station WXM-54, serving Alamosa CO and the San Luis Valley, will be off the air indefinitely due to the Spring Fire.

Community Information Contacts:

Fire-related community information for Costilla County: 719-480-8719

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Los Caminos Antiguos Part of ‘Scenic and Historic Byways’ Exhibit at DIA

Los Caminos Antiguos Part of ‘Colorado’s Scenic and Historic Byways’ Exhibit

Photo Courtesy of Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport is showing off its 26 Scenic and Historic Byways through a collection of breathtaking color photographs. Two photographs from the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway are included in the collection, which is located at the ‘Y-Juncture Gallery’ past the A-security checkpoint. The collection will be displayed at DIA through October 2018,  then move to the State Capitol in January of 2019.

 

Journey through the photographic collection to see such locations as Rattlesnake Arches Trail, the Steel Bridge on Phantom Canyon Road, or the highest paved road in north America, to name a few. The exhibit represents each of the byways located in 48 of Colorado’s 65 counties, 11 of which are nationally recognized for their outstanding scenic and historic attributions. Colorado has the most designated byways in the U.S., so this venturesome exhibit along highways and back-roads reveals more than just suggested road trips. It’s a true Colorado experience. Los Caminos Antiguos photographs feature a photo of the Cumbres and Toltec Steam Train by Chris Cassels, who runs Casablanca Digital Media, and a photo of two children playing in Medano Creek at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve taken by Patrick Myers/NPS.

Photo: Chris Cassels/Casablanca Digital Media

Colorado’s Scenic Byways program is a statewide partnership intended to provide recreational, educational and economic benefits to Coloradans and visitors. This system of outstanding touring routes in Colorado affords the traveler interpretation and identification of key points of interest and services while providing for the protection of significant resources. The byways unite communities and the stories of their collective past. Charlotte Bumgarner, the executive director of the Gold Belt Tour Scenic and Historic Byway who spearheaded this project, said the organization is a non-profit that does educational, preservation, conservation and other projects along the byway. Bumgarner serves on the Colorado State Byway Commission, appointed by the governor.

Photo: Patrick Myers/NPS

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area oversees the Los Caminos Antiguos Scenic and Historic Byway, which starts at Cumbres Pass and travels through Antonito, Romeo, Manassa, San Acacio, San Luis, Fort Garland, Blanca, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Hooper, Mosca and ends in Alamosa. There are 21 points of interest along the Byway, which marvels at the ingenuity of the early settlers of the San Luis Valley.

 

Stop at any of the six large ‘Caminante’ portal signs, 3 stand-up signs and 8 low profile signs for information along the drive. Brochures and maps for Los Caminos Antiguos are available at the Alamosa Welcome Center, Conejos County Museum, San Luis Valley Museum and the SdCNHA office at 623 4th Street in Alamosa.

Photo Courtesy of Denver International Airport

SdCNHA would like to thank Chris Cassels and Patrick Myers/NPS for the use of their incredible photographs for this exhibit. To view more photos of the Colorado Scenic & Historic Byways exhibition at DIA, visit https://images.flydenver.com/Art-at-DIA/Temporary-Exhibits/Colorado-Byways/.

To learn more about SdCNHA visit www.sdcnha.org

 

 

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Museum and Visitor Center Now Open

Left to Right: Conejos County Commissioner Mitchell Jarvis, Tori Martinez, Emma Roybal, State Representative Donald Valdez

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the reopening of the Conejos County Museum was held on May 11th, 2018 by Tori Martinez, Executive Director for the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. Mitchell Jarvis, Conejos County Commissioner and Board Member for SdCNHA held one side of the ribbon while Colorado State Representative Donald Valdez, former board member for SdCNHA, held the other. Emma Roybal, board member for SdCNHA  assisted.

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area now houses its second office in the Conejos County Museum, which is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am-4pm. One staff member has been hired through the Colorado Works STEP program which helps to subsidise employment for those who qualify for the TANF program. It is a pilot project through the social services offices of Conejos and Rio Grande Counties.

The reopening will offer travelers an information center on the southern end of the San Luis Valley. “We will have a place where people can stop and they can find out about the stories that we know and the stories that make us who were are and make this area great to be in.” said Conejos County Commissioner Mitchell Jarvis.

The museum houses several exhibitions about settlement and life in Conejos County and the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. There are items on loan from Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and from the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad. There is also a collection of resource materials and SdCNHA’s Oral Histories Collection.“The history is rich here. It’s special. No where else in the world do we have heritage and cultures like we find in the San Luis Valley and we need to tell those stories.” stated State Representative Donald Valdez.

Tori Martinez gave thanks to all that made the reopening of the museum possible including staff and donors. Many volunteers helped cleaned up the exterior of the building, resurface the floors, painted the exterior and interior and created signage for the museums exhibits. Andrew Armenta Jr. from Red Hill Lava Products donated lava rock to surround the building. Mike Roque donated a Television to the museum, so the over 100 interviews from SdCNHA’s Voices of the Valley Project can be viewed by visitors. Cafe del Valle donated pinon coffee and baked goods for the opening and Rita Martinez made biscochitos. North River Greenhouse donated some beautiful flowers for the museum entrance as well. SLV Museum Association assisted in preparation for the museum opening and will continue to assist, as the Conejos Museum is a member of the association.

Some exhibits will be expanded upon in the near future. If you’d like to make a donation to assist in that effort please contact the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area for more information at info@sdcnha.org or visit the website at www.sdcnha.org.

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SdCNHA Grant Deadline is June 1st

Grants from the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area are available to local organizations working to promote the mission of the National Heritage Area. The deadline for applying for a 2019 grant is June 1, 2018. Our past grantees have used grant funds to restore historic buildings; provide historical and cultural interpretation; restore or promote scenic, artistic and recreational resources; educational programs; and to document culturally significant components of the way of life in the San Luis Valley.

Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is administered by a non-profit board of volunteers who represent Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla Counties. Heritage Grants are available to local schools, municipalities, and non-profits annually.These efforts will support Heritage Preservation and Tourism and promote the counties of Alamosa, Conejos and Costilla. Please see our website for our mission, vision, and a list of past grants we’ve awarded. https://sdcnha.org/wp/grants/

The selection process is competitive, and applicants are encouraged to develop proposals carefully utilizing the Heritage Area Management Plan Goals and Objectives. You can find these resources on our Management Plan page https://sdcnha.org/wp/management-plan/. Funding is available up to $25,000.

If your organization or project supports the efforts and mission of the heritage area we would love to partner with you! Visit our website www.sdcnha.org for more information. Please feel free to contact us if you have an idea for a grant or have any questions about this process at info@sdcnha.org, (719) 580-4070 or at our office located at 623 4th Street in Alamosa.

Applicants will be notified of status in August of 2018 and funding will be available in 2019.

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Community Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

The block of San Juan Ave. and Main St. in Alamosa was overflowing with colorful decorations, inviting smells of freshly cooked street food, lively music and cultural dancing this past Saturday for the first Cinco de Mayo Cultural Block Party. Community members began arriving early to find the best seating in anticipation of the performances. Mayor Ty Coleman, Nick Saenz, President of the Board for the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, Helen Sigmond, Alamosa County Commissioner and member of the SdCNHA board, and Scott Graber who is the owner of the San Luis Valley Brewing Co. took the stage to welcome the crowd to the first annual event.

Los Vecinos Bailadores took the stage first with traditional dances. Eight couples from around Antonito and Taos came to perform dances that originated in Spain and have withstood the test of time in the San Luis Valley. The couples performed several old dances and then asked the crowd to join in on the Broom dance and La Marcha to close their set. Joyce Lopez said, “We just want to keep our “old” traditions and cultures alive. Our parents and grandparents did these dances here before and after the war. If anyone would like to join we meet at the Dutch Mill in Antonito on Monday’s at 6pm and it’s free to the public!”

 

Next up was Las Semillas de la Tierra, a local Folklorico dance group through Adams State University. The group ranges from beginner to advanced and they perform a variety of traditional  dances in full costumes from Veracruz, Jalisco, Azteca, Baja Norte, and Sinoloa regions. The group was started by Patsy and Herman Martinez in 1972 and is now led by Domingo Estrada. “Locals can join our group free of charge for beginners class on Tuesdays at 6pm. The Adult advanced group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9pm and the Intermediate group meets 6-7pm on Thursdays. All practices take place at the East Campus Gym at Adams State”.

After the dancers warmed up the crowd, local musicians Indian Nickel Band took the stage with their Spanish Rock and had the crowd on their feet dancing for the remainder of the night. Indian Nickel members originate from all corners of the San Luis Valley and have been playing music together for 49 years. Band member Jeffrey Jacquez said, “This was the first time we had performed for two and half hours strait with no break! Our love of music keeps us going and the crowd was great”. Leroy Casias said, “We had a lot of fun and really appreciate all of our fans and want to thank them all for showing up! We will be recording a 50th Anniversary album this coming year so keep an eye out for that”. You can watch Indian Nickel this summer in Alamosaat Summerfest on the Rio, Sundays at Six, Pioneer Days in Manassa, Glory Days in La Jara, Labor Day in Antonito and for the Street Dance in Center.

Julie Chacon, Financial Officer for SdCNHA announced to the crowd that on September 22 of this year the Heritage Area will be bringing Henry Cejudo, US Olympic gold medalist and UFC Fighter and Frankie Sanchez to visit the Heritage Area for a community event. Follow SdCNHA on Facebook for more details on this and future heritage area events.

A successful block party takes collaboration and many locals worked together to make this a success including the City of Alamosa, The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area and the San Luis Valley Brewing Company. “The Spirit of Cinco de Mayo celebrates community, diversity and independence. It was a joy to watch that happen in downtown Alamosa on May 5th. “Thank you”, to the City of Alamosa and the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area for your partnership, and “Muchas Gracias-Many Thanks!” to our wonderful community for the outpouring of support for the event.” said Angie and Scott Graber, owners of San Luis Valley Brewing Company. Helen Sigmond, Alamosa County Commissioner and board member for SdCNHA said,“It is so important that we recognize the historical and cultural events that we have here in our area”. Event co-sponsors included Adams State University, A&L Coors, L&M Auto Sales, Schulz Realty, SLV Sports and Wellness, Alamosa Family Dental, The Bankshot. Light Shine Music set up and ran the sound for the event. Ef’s Restaurant donated over 200 Biscochitos and Sprinkled With Love donated over 100 Churro Cupcakes.

The event ended around 11pm with an estimated 1,000 in attendance throughout the evening.Over 320 people were served fajitas and tortilla soup and over 500 enjoyed beer, margaritas and sangria in the outdoor food and beer garden.

The next community block party will be held Friday June 15th, at San Juan and Main, the night before the Rails and Ales train departs from the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Alamosa.To learn more about history, heritage and culture of the San Luis Valley please visit www.sdcnha.org.

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Conejos County Museum Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

 

 

 

The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area invites the public to join them for the reopening of the Conejos County Museum and new Antonito SdCNHA office on May 11th from 12-3pm. The museum is located at the intersection of HWY 285 and HWY 17 in Antonito, CO.

 

At 12 noon join Conejos County Commissioners, the Board Members of SdCNHA and Ms. Jr. High Colorado Amaya Garcia for the ribbon cutting. Then stay to celebrate and look through the museum displays with complimentary coffee and hand pies from Cafe de Valle and complementary biscochitos from Rita Martinez.

 

SdCNHA will have their satellite office operating from the museum and will be open to the public on Tuesday’s and Friday’s from 9am to 4pm. “We are excited to partner with the Conejos County Commissioners on this project. It’s our hope to expand upon the existing exhibits and showcase the beauty, and unique culture and history of the heritage area,” said Tori Martinez, Executive Director for SdCNHA.

 

The museum has exhibitions that include: Colorado Wildlife Display including Mountain Lion, Elk, Bear, Big Horned Sheep, Antelope and Otter courtesy of Colorado Department of Wildlife under the direction of Olive Valdez, a printing press and much more.

 

SdCNHA would like to thank the town of Antonito for the exterior yard clean up and the volunteers that helped reface the paint on the exterior and interior of the museum.  A special thank you to Mike Roque for donating a TV so visitors can view Voices of the Valley videos during their visit, and to the SPMDTU for loaning the museum historic items for a special exhibit. To learn more about SdCNHA visit www.sdcnha.org

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