Saguache Could Benefit from “Borderlands” Grant

History Colorado announced last week that a workshop for educators entitled Borderlands of Southern Colorado could be beneficial in keeping history and culture alive in Saguache Today!

The Borderlands of Southern Colorado is made possible through a $168,000 Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an independent federal agency of the U.S. government. Dedicated to supporting education, research, preservation, and public programs in the humanities, the NEH is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. 

“Borderlands exist where multiple political or cultural groups occupy and claim space that is adjacent to each other. During the workshop, educators will explore the complexity, tragedy, conflict and hybridity created by natural barriers and the imposition of geo-political borders,” said Eric Carpio, director of the Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, the History Colorado museum that is facilitating the workshop. “We believe that the Borderlands of Southern Colorado concepts are applicable across many disciplines and ages, so we invite teachers to participate from diverse subject areas, geographies, grade levels and interests.”

 Through the grant, the Borderlands of Southern Coloradoworkshop content and tool kit will be developed and executed by History Colorado, a charitable organization and an agency of the State of Colorado, which serves as a platform for community connection and diversity.

The seven-day workshop, designed for teachers of grades 6-12, is accessible to any educator with an interest in history, culture, geography, religion and politics. Relevant throughout K–12 humanities curricula, it will critically examine our nation’s complex history, engage in critical dialogue, and share diverse viewpoints. 

Borderlands of Southern Colorado​ is a place-based workshop in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, sharing the multidimensional history of the American southwest through the intersection of geo-political, geographic, cultural, ethnic and religious landscapes. Through the workshops in summer 2020, educators will learn from a diverse and highly qualified team of scholars, mentors, and community members to examine how shifting historic borders and borderlands in the region have impacted individual and community identity, power, government, ecosystems, economy, land and water, religion and spirituality; and how these borderland issues continue to resonate today. ​ 

The Saguache County Museum is located off Highway 285 and houses hundreds of artifacts from Saguache County’s fascinating history!

About the Borderlands of Southern Colorado Workshop

The Borderlands of Southern Colorado workshop will be located in the San Luis Valley at the Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, Adams State University, and in other communities around the valley. Next month, History Colorado will post a link to the workshop application on its website. A selection committee, comprised of the project directors, teaching mentor and one faculty member, will review applications to select a diverse group of educators representing a range of geographic locations, teaching experiences, grade levels and subject areas. Decisions will be announced in spring 2020; the two week-long workshops will take place in summer 2020. 

The workshop will provide educators with content, skills, a toolkit and an experience to foster historical inquiry and critical thinking, while exploring the following key questions:

  • How does geography intersect with layers of identity such as gender, race, age and class? 
  • How has the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo transformed the country, the people of southern Colorado and the southwest U.S., and how does it continue to be relevant today? 
  • How is the environment shaped by both visible and invisible fences and boundaries? 
  • How do material borders and landscapes inform cultural, political, personal and human borders and landscapes? 
  • How has the sacred connection of landscape impacted life, practices, tragedies, celebrations, and settlement within the region? 

For any educators’ inquiries, before the workshop application and online materials are available in mid-September, please contact Eric Carpio at 719-379-3512 or

About History Colorado

History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. The charitable organization and historical agency serves as the state’s memory, preserving the places, stories and material culture of Colorado through educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections and outreach to Colorado communities. With eight museums around the state, History Colorado shares the cultures and stories that define Colorado’s past and present, including History Colorado Center (Denver); Center for Colorado Women’s History at Byers-Evans House (Denver); El Pueblo History Museum (Pueblo); Trinidad History Museum (Trinidad); Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center (Fort Garland); Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin (Leadville); Ute Indian Museum (Montrose); and Fort Vasquez (Platteville). Visit or call 303-HISTORY, for more information. 

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

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