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.

Melgoza, Emmanuel – OH 1863
Interview Date: July 13, 2013

Emmanuel Melgoza was born in Mexico and moved to Colorado when he was in 3rd grade.  After attending elementary and middle school in the Denver area, he was part of an International Baccalaureate program in high school.  At the time … Continue reading

Montour, Eleanor – OH1860
Interview Date: July 19, 2013

Eleanor Montour, whose mother founded Clinica Campesina, talks about her family and her life growing up in Lafayette, Colorado. She describes what it was like for her grandfather and father working in the fields and the mines. She also discussed … Continue reading

Moreno, Heriberto (Beto) – OH1897
Interview Date: August 21, 2013

Heriberto (Beto) Moreno, an engineer with IBM and one of the founders of El Comite in  Longmont, talks about his roots in Mexico, growing up in El Paso, Texas, how he gained an education, and how the Latino community in … Continue reading

Moreno, Marta Valenzuela – OH1881
Interview Date: August 2, 2013

Marta Valenzuela Moreno is the Executive Director of El Comité, a non-profit organization that focuses on helping underserved people in Longmont, primarily Latinos, solve legal problems, achieve citizenship, recoup wages, and overcome unfair treatment among other services. She talks about … Continue reading

Mr. and Mrs. Emerenciano E. Bernal – OH0081
Interview Date: 1977

Boulder’s Chicano Community (in Spanish).

Ortega, Daisy – OH0126
Interview Date: 1977

Topics: Farming in San Luis Valley; community life; Catholic Church; San Acacio area; childhood play; education; women’s organizations.

Ortega, Roseann Chavez – OH0579
Interview Date: 1986

Roseann Chavez Ortega describes growing up with her parents and sister on a farm outside of Lafayette (Davidson).  Her father worked for a farmer named Ralph Bixler who provided her family with a house on his land.  She talks about … Continue reading

Perez, Arthur R. – OH 1882
Interview Date: August 4, 2013

“In the very beginning, when you’re little, you never notice. You know, you don’t pay attention to people, what color they are, what race they are. You just play, have fun with everyone else.” Continue reading

Perez-Mendez, Clara – OH1289
Interview Date: 2004

PEOPLE: Audrey Fishman Franklin, Susan Moore, Arty Dixon, Alejandro Perez, Esther Blazon, Betsey Raider PLACES: Boulder, Longmont SUBJECTS: family background and childhood in the border town of Tijuana (Mexico), move to the United States in 1975, learning to speak English … Continue reading

Pioneer families oral history interview – OH0530
Interview Date: 1990

This interview details Pioneer family histories. Topics include lodging houses, mines, tents, discipline, Columbine Mine massacre of 1927,  life of miners, gambling, Ku Klux Klan, Lafayette Swimming Pool, discrimination, Independent Workers of the World: Mrs. Roach, “Plant Lake”.

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