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The Western National Parks Association (WNPA), a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service (NPS) since 1938, announced the recipients of its annual awards at the WNPA board reception on November 8th in Tucson, Arizona. For more than 30 years, WNPA has recognized individuals and organizations who make exceptional contributions to national parks and increase awareness of WNPA’s mission.
Katherine Faz, Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services at Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve and Liaison for the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, received the Edward B. Danson Award for her commitment to the shared mission of WNPA and the NPS at Great Sand Dunes.
Since 2011 Faz has committed time and resources to support the improvement and growth of WNPA’s park store at Great Sand Dunes. As a result of her continuous and persistent dedication to serving visitors and leveraging the support provided by WNPA, the store reached $1 million in sales for the 2018 fiscal year, a growth of nearly 100 percent over the past four years. Katherine has a Bachelor of Science in Geography and a Masters of Art in History from Texas State University. She also received an award from NPS for 10 years of service this past August. She worked at National Park locations in Texas and New Mexico before coming to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
The Edward B. Danson Award honors those who show exceptional support and loyalty to the WNPA mission and national parks. The award was named for the noted archaeologist and director of the Museum of Northern Arizona (1956–1975). Danson served as a member of the WNPA board and the National Park System Advisory Board. He was awarded the Department of the Interior Conservation Award in 1986.
Just two years after Colorado became a state, a narrow-gauge train loaded with expectant settlers and their belongings stopped at a protected bend in the Rio Grande shaded by a grove of cottonwoods. In 1878 Alamosa—Spanish for cottonwood grove—was founded and is currently the largest town in the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.
During the early 1900s Alamosa grew to become the center of transportation, commerce and agriculture in the San Luis Valley. Many of the people that came on that train were German immigrants interested in the availability of opportunities in new towns and the abundance of cheap lands. Many of these immigrants had first settled in Chicago. After Chicago’s great fire of 1871, when the city was destroyed and thousands lost their lives and homes, a great exodus of families came westward in hopes of a new beginning. One of these newcomers to the San Luis Valley was the Emperius Family, who first settled in Del Norte then moved to the Alamosa.
Theo Emperius started the Chicago Meat Market on State Ave and Main St. in Alamosa which was later renamed the Emperius Bros. Meat Market when his sons Herman and Fritz Emperuis took it over. The brothers soon expanded their enterpise to include their own agricultural businesses. Fritz Emperius took over the meat market and livestock while Herman started a new business, the firm of Emperius & Dattelzweig bought, sold and shipped livestock, hides, pelts, hay, grain and farm produce.
Warehouse with, possibly, Herman Emperius and Albert Dattelzweig in Center. Courtesy of Alamosa Public Library
After great success, Herman Emperius was ready to take on a new challenge that benefited his own ambitions as well as the community he cared so much about. He wanted to develop a property in the heart of Alamosa. Originally in Alamosa, wooden commercial buildings had been erected on 6th Street across from the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad tracks, and then north on State Ave. In the early 1900’s more architecturally sound masonry structures began to appear, and Herman Emperius is credited with two that still stand today: the Emperius Building(1908) and the American National Bank Building(1909).
Corner of Main Street and State Avenue, about 1910, with American National Bank(left) and Emperius Building(right).
Corner of Main Street and State Avenue 2018. Photo Katie Dokson
The highly visible 50-foot by 56-foot, two story red brick Emperius Building, sometimes called the Emperius Block, was constructed on the family’s property that once was home to Emperius Bros. Meat Market. Its construction typifies the construction of buildings during Alamosa’s boom years around 1910-1920s. The smooth brick exterior, corbelling, prominent chimneys at the parapets and other brickwork details distinguish the commercial block construction. It served retail businesses on the ground floor. One of the renters was the studio of O.T. Davis, as well-known local photographer. On the second floor were offices, with a stairway providing access from Main St, as it still does. Among the offices upstairs were town offices, the Alamosa Empire newspaper, and the office of then-State Senator and close friend of Herman, William H. Adams who founded Adams State.
Main Street and State Avenue, about 1930, with Emperius Building(right) and American National Bank(left). Courtesy of Alamosa Public Library
Herman Emperius went on the get involved with banking, the Alamosa Electric and Power company, went on to serve four-terms as Mayor of Alamosa, helped to found Alamosa County and became Alamosa County’s first County Commissioner, and later a mining company. He did not abandon his downtown development plan, and in the 1920’s, he tore down the family home on State Ave to make way for the construction of a one-story addition to the Emperius Building that extended north to the alley. These rental spaces opened onto State Ave’s sidewalk, and space in the main block was subdivided. Emperius also built an addition on the east side of the Emperius Building, now called the mall, from Main St. to the back alley. These new spaces housed a variety of businesses and offices, including the San Luis Hotel, and auto showroom and garage, an appliance store, and a bowling alley managed by Fritz’s son Ted. The family sold the entire Emperius Block in 1975 and most recently, the Milagros Coffee House, operated by La Puente Home, has occupied the ground level at the corner of State and Main.
If Alamosa is the hub of the San Luis Valley, then, for many community members, Milagros Coffee House is the social and cultural hub of downtown. Milagros was originally operated as a job readiness program site but the board of directors soon realized that it functioned very effectively as Alamosa’s “Community Living Room”. This open, sunny, colorful ad friendly place welcomes people who are homeless, as well as attorneys, teachers, students, tourists, families and others who pass through downtown Alamosa. This gathering place embodies the characteristics, heritage, and purpose of serving people wholeheartedly in the same spirit of its’ creator, Herman Emperius.
The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area is home to Colorado’s oldest agricultural, Hispano and railroad communities. With over 11,000 years of documented inhabitation, this is where Colorado began.
On September 22 the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area presented five awards to local recipients during an event that featured speeches by two-time world champion Henry Cejudo and entrepreneur Frankie Sanchez. The awards honored and highlighted local organizations and individuals who have contributed to local heritage protection, promotion, education, and preservation.
The Signature Project of the Year was presented to the Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement (C.A.S.A.) Center at Adams State University for their ongoing cultural programming. In 2017 C.A.S.A. hosted a week of activities focused around Social Justice and Cesar Chavez. Events included: bread baking in hornos, historical research on the Hispano story of discrimination and the struggle to keep land and water, and artifacts from the California grape boycotts. Keynote presenter Maurice Jourdane shared about the contribution to the advancement of farm workers in the fields of California by outlawing the required use of “el cortito”(the short handed hoe), the cause of severe and permanent crippling of hundreds of thousands of field owners. The C.A.S.A center, opened March 2012, fosters an environment for all students and community that promotes learning, celebrates cultures, develops leadership and student success with a global perspective. In addition to the many cultural activities promoted through ASU C.A.S.A., all are welcome to visit the home-like environment for studying, eating, cooking, watching TV/movies, or just hanging out. The C.A.S.A. motto is “Where strangers become friends, and friends become family.” Visit the C.A.S.A. Facebook page to learn about special events and activities.
The Youth of the Year awards were presented to two local youth for their exemplary contribution and participation in heritage programming. The awards were presented to Damion Garcia and Lindsey Sandoval. Damian participated in and took on a leadership role at an Archeology Camp. The multi-day camp was put on by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area in collaboration with Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and Fort Garland Museum. This program introduced students to the discipline of prehistoric and historic archeology through place-based learning. Students went on several site visits on state and federal lands to experience hands-on field methods. Lindsey Sandoval also has been actively involved in SdCNHA’s Youth Ambassador Program whose goal is to teach stewardship of culture, heritage and history to the next generation. Lindsey assisted with collecting oral histories in Conejos County and the Youth Walking Leaders program. Any high school or college student wishing to become a youth ambassador can obtain more information on the organization’s website listed below.
Volunteer of the Year was earned by Jonathan Armenta for his selfless contribution of 198 hours of service to various SdCNHA projects and events. Mr. Armenta, along with many other volunteers made possible the vast variety of work conducted throughout the three counties of Alamosa, Conejos, and Costilla.
The Grant of the Year Award was presented for the Congresso de Acequias to the Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association. The Congresso de Acequias is an annual event that brings acequia irrigators together to share not only concerns and issues, but to also share knowledge, heritage and legal information. The original settlers of Southern Colorado brought with them a form of land settlement and irrigation that was based on principles of equity, shared scarcity and cooperation in which water was viewed as a resource in place, rather than a commodity. This water system of man made ditches is called an acequia. Acequias continue to be the lifeblood of residents in Southern Costilla County – they not only serve to provide the water for the farms on which 270 families depend, but they also serve as a conduit for community services and support. For more information on SdCAA please visit http://www.coloradoacequias.org/
SdCNHA would like to thank all those who took the time to attend the event and who generously donated. Funds raised at this event went to local youth history fair scholarships. These scholarships are open to all San Luis Valley Students who participate in the National History Fair Day with a topic about local history. For more information about SdCNHA please visit www.sdcnha.org
Thank you to our sponsors, services donated and volunteers: Jason and Julie Ramstetter, Tyler Eagan, Scott Schweizer, Adams State Wrestling Team, Alamosa Wrestling Team, Alamosa High School, Grizzly MMA, Alamosa County Local Marketing District Board, Alamosa State Bank, Alpine Electric, Alta Fuels, Chavez Southwest Market, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, GWI Security, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, La Jara Pharmacy, Nino’s del Sol, O&V Printing, San Luis Valley Brewing Company, The Colorado Trust, Vinrock Media, Zebra 97.1, the SdCNHA Board of Directors and Volunteers.
The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area was designated by Congress in 2009 for the purpose of providing an “integrated and cooperative approach for the protection, enhancement, and interpretation of the natural, cultural, historic, scenic and recreational resources of the Heritage Area.” Stunningly beautiful natural resources and a rich mixture of settlements converge here to make this area one of the most unique and well-preserved cultural landscapes in the nation.
The SdCNHA Board of Directors has three primary goals that guide their planning and implementation: Support the development of a vibrant heritage tourism sector that stimulates preservation, economic development, and community revitalization; Tell the stories of the SdCNHA in ways that build community pride and support preservation, living traditions, economic development, and community revitalization; Cultivate excellent management that provides regional leadership, reflects community values, and achieves sustainability. Past 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.
Eligible applicants must reside within SdCNHA boundaries: Alamosa, Costilla and Conejos Counties. The position is volunteer based and requires a commitment of one board meeting a month and participation on one subcommittee.
Applications can be found at https://sdcnha.org/wp/boardmembers/ and applicants are encouraged to visit the SdCNHA’s website and review the organization’s Goals and Objectives, found on the Management Plan page: https://sdcnha.org/wp/management-plan/
Completed applications and attachments should be mailed or hand delivered by October 24th at 5pm to: Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, Attention: “Board Position” P.O. Box 844 Alamosa, CO 81101
The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area(SdCNHA) is proud to present an inspirational evening with Olympic Gold Medalist in Wrestling, National Wrestling Hall of Fame Member and UFC World Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo. He will speak to the community about perseverance, dedication, finding your passion and having pride in oneself on September 22, 2018 at the Alamosa High School Gymnasium at 6pm. This event takes place during September, which is Hispanic Heritage Month and a perfect time to honor Hispano Heros Henry Cejudo and Frankie Sanchez. This event is free for all youth and those with student IDs. The doors will open at 5:30pm with an adult entry fee of $5 to be collected at the door. All proceeds will go towards heritage area youth history fair scholarships. All students who compete in the regional history fair this year with a topic about local history will be eligible to compete for scholarship funds. SdCNHA will hand out 5 special awards to local recipients during the evening as well.
Cejudo grew up in south central L.A., the son of undocumented immigrant parents and youngest of 7 children. He grew up poor, and his father – who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction – was absent for large stretches of his life and passed away when Henry was only 20. Henry captured four high school wrestling state championships (two in Colorado, two in Arizona). He was awarded (the title) ASICS National High School Wrestler of the Year (2006).
He participated in two Junior World Championships, placing fifth in 2005 and second in 2006. That same year, Henry became the first high schooler to win U.S. Nationals since USA Wrestling’s formation as the sport’s national body in 1983. Cejudo decided to skip wrestling at the college level and instead accepted an offer from USA wrestling to train at their main facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado.Following successful performances at the Pan American Games and Pan American Championships, Cejudo qualified for the 2008 Olympics in last place and told he really had no shot at the gold. Not only did he win gold, at the time, he was the youngest American to ever become an Olympic champion in freestyle wrestling.
In January of 2013 Henry announced his plans to begin training for a MMA career. He has had 13 professional wins and 2 loss. One loss was his first match up with Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in 2016 for the Flyweight title. He lost the fight via TKO in the first round being dropped with a variety of strikes. Henry took this loss as a reason to train harder for the next two years in hopes of a rematch.
His nickname “The Messenger” comes from the belief that his success is a platform to spread a greater message: No situation is too difficult to overcome. “You can accomplish anything that you dedicate yourself to. Think how many people struggle across the world, across the country. I know anything is possible if you set your mind, your body, your soul and your faith to it. MMA, fighting, winning the Olympics – it’s only a platform for me to help others. It’s just a tool,” Cejudo says. “I have a purpose and a meaning in life, and I have to fulfill that. Being a champion is great, but more importantly than that, you get to be an inspiration and a role model to other people.” Henry has also authored the book American Victory ,that the Los Angeles Times called, “Compelling…American Victory represents the triumph of the human spirit.”
Also speaking at the event is Frankie Sanchez Sr., an alumni of Adams State, member of Team Cejudo and entrepreneur. Frankie Sanchez Sr. is a native of Colorado and his family history traces back to the Spanish and Native Americans who settled in San Luis, Colorado. He won 6 Colorado Golden Gloves Boxing Championships and after a great high school wrestling career he received a wrestling scholarship to Adams State. After competing in wrestling for five years at Adams State, Frankie turned professional in the sport of boxing. He fought 32 pro fights and competed for 3 professional championships that were televised on HBO, Showtime and Pay Per View Television. After his professional Sports career, Frankie used his college degree to enter into many different careers fields. He was a youth counselor, college recruiter, Jr. High and high school wrestling coach. He also did private security for movie stars such as The Karate Kid Ralph Machio and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee.
In 2013 Frankie took a chance and followed his love and passion for food and giving back to others and purchased a used hot dog cart. His goal was to create and serve food that he grew up eating in Southern Colorado. His idea of serving customers tacos, burritos, nachos and quesadillas along with green and red chili and his sriracha ranch sauce has really taken off. His company North of the Border Grill is now one of the top food truck companies in Colorado. He now has 2 food trucks, 7 food carts and a private restaurant in the Denver Tech Center. His company is now partnered with four multi million dollar companies. Iheart radio, American Financing, 505 salsa and Flagship Food Group. His startup taco cart company, that he established with $700.00 only five years ago and is only opened part time, is now selling between $500,000.00 and $1,000,000.00 per year.
Frankie’s goal was to always give back to his community and motivate others to become successful. In 2008 Henry Cejudo contacted Frankie Sanchez for assistance in putting together a fundraiser to help some of Henry’s family members travel to China to support him with his dream of becoming an Olympic champion. The fundraiser was a success and His family was able to travel to China and watch Henry shock the world and achieve the biggest accomplishment in his life.
After the Olympic Games in 2008 Frankie and Henry traveled across the USA visiting different schools, churches, book stores and colleges offering motivational speeches and wrestling camps.
On August 4,2018 Henry Cejudo once again made history and upset the pound for pound greatest fighter of all time, Demetris Johnson, to become the first ever Olympic and UFC champion. After celebrating a victory tour across the world in August, the next stop is here in Alamosa, Colorado to attend the Hispano Hero’s event hosted by the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. Both Henry and Frankie are excited to return to the SLV where the journey to inspire others started in 2008. They love the support from the SLV and hope that with the new stories and experiences they have had and that they will share with you at this event that they can motivate people to go out and accomplish anything they want. They both believe that hard work, dedication and sacrifice is the key to success. They are both living proof that no matter where you come from or how many obstacles you have to cross, anything is possibles.
The Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area (SdCNHA) was established by Congress in 2009 as being an important and unique part of the story of the founding of America. It is richly layered with stories of people, their traditions and arts, their histories and breathtaking landscapes. SdCNHA, which is a non-profit 50s located in south-central Colorado and covers more than 3,000 square miles of the San Luis Valley including Alamosa, Costilla and Conejos counties; the Great Sand Dunes National Park; and the Alamosa, Baca and Monte Vista Wildlife Refuges. The mission of SdCNHA is to promote, preserve, protect, and interpret its profound historical, religious, environmental, geographic, geologic, cultural, and linguistic resources. These efforts will contribute to the overall national story, engender a spirit of pride and self-reliance.
SdCNHA would like to thank sponsors that help make this event possible: Colorado Trust, Alamosa County Local Marketing District, Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton,
Alamosa State Bank, La Jara Pharmacy Health Mart Center, San Luis Valley Brewing Company, Nino’s del Sol, Alta Fuels, VinRock Media, Chavez Southwest Market,
Alpine Electric, Grizzly MMA and the Zebra 97.1
For more event info and information on youth history scholarships visit www.sdcnha.org or find us on Facebook at Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area.
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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).
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/