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.

Estrada, Cleopatra M. – OH1883
Interview Date: August 7, 2013

Cleo Estrada, a counselor in the multicultural section of Student Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was born in 1951 in Center, Colo., in the San Luis Valley. Cleo started working in the fields at age 5-6 with … Continue reading

Garcia, Anna and Ricardo – OH0088
Interview Date: 1977

Topics: Boulder’s Chicano community: C.U., Head Start, Follow Through, health benefits, bilingual education.

Garcia, Richard – OH1872
Interview Date: July 26, 2013

Richard Garcia, who is currently a part of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County and the Latino Task Force in Boulder County, is the founder and the executive director for the Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition. He talks about growing up … Continue reading

Gonzales, Doris – oh1920
Interview Date: November 8, 2013

Doris Gonzales describes the hard times she and her family experienced growing up during The Depression after her father could not return from a visit to Mexico and her mother contracted tuberculosis. She lived with an aunt and uncle in … Continue reading

Gonzalez-Dorta, Ana – OH1866
Interview Date: July 13, 2013

Ana Gonzalez-Dorta was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1994. She moved to Boulder three-and-a-half years prior to the time of the interview, with her parents and brothers, because they disliked the Venezuelan government of that time and the level of … Continue reading

Heath, Josephine – OH1888
Interview Date: August 1, 2013

Josephine Heath, who is the president of The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, talks about growing up in California and Oregon and working in the fields. She describes her education and early work as a teacher, as well as her … Continue reading

Hernandez, Irle – OH 1869
Interview Date: 2013

Irle Hernandez was born and grew up in Louisville, Colorado, with a mother who had come from Mexico. At the time of the interview, she was between her junior and senior years at Centaurus High School and had just participated … Continue reading

Hernandez, Philip – OH 1857
Interview Date: July 17, 2013

Philip Hernandez is a Boulder native whose family immigrated to the United States from Mexico in the early 1900s. He discusses implications of immigration for his own family and for Mexican Americans in the United States in general, noting that … Continue reading

Jaramillo, Gregory – OH1861
Interview Date: July 18, 2013

Gregory Jaramillo attended Colorado State University and received his license to practice medicine from the University of Colorado, Denver. He has been the director of the Salud Family Health Center in Longmont, Colorado. He discusses the importance of community health … Continue reading

Lamas, Veronica – OH 1892
Interview Date: August 19, 2013

Veronica was born in 1991 in Oregon. Her parents, who had come to this country in 1984 from Mexico for job opportunities, worked as agricultural laborers, moving between Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, and Texas to find employment. When she was a … Continue reading

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