Collection: Boulder County Latino History

This collection of interviews about Latinos in Boulder County consists of two parts. There is a set of earlier interviews that were collected from 1976 through the early 2000s. In 2013 the Boulder County Latino History Project gathered a wide range of information, including through oral history interviews, about the experiences and contributions of Latinos to this area over the past century. The 40+ interviews that they recorded are archived as part of this larger collection about Latino oral history. The second phase of the Boulder County Latino History Project will be to make that material widely available by developing a website, writing a book, and working with the two local school districts to incorporate Latino history and culture into teaching units.

Blazon, Esther – OH 1879
Interview Date: August 1, 2013

Esther Blazon tells about moving around during her childhood while her father was a migrant farm worker. She married while still in high school and had children shortly afterward. When her children grew older, she went back to high school … Continue reading

Blazon, Hank (William Henry) – OH 1877
Interview Date: August 3, 2013

William (“Hank”) Blazon was born in Longmont, Colorado, in 1942 to a farming family. His father came to Longmont in 1927 from Avondale, Colorado, where he was born, and did various kinds of work, including owning a pool hall; In … Continue reading

Cardenas, Alfonso L. – OH1212
Interview Date: 2004

People: Richard B. Stuart (Rocky Flats worker with berylliosis and asbestosis), Dr. Lee Newman of National Jewish Hospital. Places: Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant Subjects: work at Rocky Flats from 1957 to 1978, job as chemical operator at Rocky Flats, … Continue reading

Casas Ibarra, Ana Karina – OH1870
Interview Date: July 11, 2013

Ana Karina Casas was born in a small town in Zacatecas, Mexico. She came to the United Sates when she was 11 with her younger brothers and her mother, who was escaping from an abusive marriage. She describes vividly the … Continue reading

Chacon, Susie and Candice Arrollo – OH0087
Interview Date: 1977

Parts A-C: Susie Chacon, who owned a successful business called Señor Miguel’s Restaurant, talks about her experiences of growing up in Erie and moving to Boulder. She describes her contributions to the Mexican and Chicano community in Boulder. She speaks … Continue reading

Chicano Community in Boulder – OH0201
Interview Date: 1978

Radio Program discussing the Boulder Chicano Community Project.    

Cordova, Augustine Elizeo – oh1874
Interview Date: July 31, 2013

Augustine Cordova is retired as a software programmer/engineer at IBM and is also a musician. His family, on both sides, is from New Mexico, but his parents moved to the San Luis Valley in Colorado, where he grew up. He … Continue reading

DeLuna, Deisy – OH1871
Interview Date: July 11, 2013

Deisy de Luna was born in Mexico and lived there until she was eleven years old.  Her grandparents had come to work in this country through the Braceros Program, and later, her father worked in the United States as well, … Continue reading

Dominguez, Harold – OH1925
Interview Date: December 20, 2013

Harold Dominguez, the city manager of Longmont, was born in Lubbock, Texas, in 1972 and grew up in the nearby town of Sundown. He talks about his upbringing and the people in his family who were mentors for him. After … Continue reading

Duncan, Erminda (Oli) – OH1862
Interview Date: July 18, 2013

Oli Duncan is a native of Longmont. Three of her grandparents were from New Mexico and one from Texas. They came to Boulder in the 1920s as sharecroppers. Her father was a coal miner, and was active in the union. … Continue reading

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