National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 – October 15 - CSPM

National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 – October 15

by Leah Davis Witherow, CSPM Curator of History

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year between September 15 – October 15, honoring the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic and Latina/o Americans with roots in Latin American countries. Additionally, in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico we have a uniquely regional and enduring Hispano history and culture, with Hispano families who trace their lineage back to 16th and 17th century Spain.

Whether from Southern Colorado or Latin America, Hispanic History and Culture is vital to Colorado Springs History and the CSPM is committed to collecting, preserving, and sharing objects and stories that demonstrate this. From the V=Vallejos in our groundbreaking Story of Us: The Pikes Peak Region from A-Z exhibit, to Una Familia Grande: the Conejos Neighborhood Project, or the stories of Raymond Alvarado, La Fiesta Bonita, Celestino and Marcella Archuleta, and the RISE Coalition in the COS@150 gallery, we are actively collecting and exhibiting materials reflecting the rich diversity of Hispanic heritage in the region.

In order to continue revealing and documenting the dynamic Hispanic heritage in Colorado Springs, we recently collaborated with former members of the Conejos neighborhood in southwest downtown to develop: Una Familia Grande: the Conejos Neighborhood Project. This collaboration resulted in a beautiful new exhibit and a growing collection of oral histories, objects, photographs, and ephemera from generations of local residents. A portion of these materials are currently on exhibit, while the bulk of the collection is accessible to researchers in the Starsmore Center for Local History. Learn more here: https://www.cspm.org/collections/archives-collection/

Rose Ontiveros, Josie Onteveros and Mary Ann Quintana

Una Familia Grande Gallery

Finally, the CSPM Collection is built object by object by generous donations from the community. We cannot tell the complex and nuanced history of the Pikes Peak region unless our collection reflects the diversity of our community. Everyone’s story is unique, but together we make history! To learn more about donating objects, photographs, and stories to the museum please visit: https://www.cspm.org/collections/collections-donation/

Featured image at top of article: Congregation of the Chadbourn Community Church, Melena Family Scrapbook

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Leah Davis Witherow, Curator of History

719.385.5649 | Leah.Witherow@coloradosprings.gov