Library plans fiesta and conference for ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years’

Photo Credit: Staff report | The Southern Ute Drum

Ignacio Community Library was selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

As part of the Latino Americans 500 Years of History planned programs at the Ignacio Community Library and the Ignacio Middle School will include:

  1. Party on the Plaza: Please join us for a Fiesta on the Plaza on Wednesday, September 16 at 5:30pm-8:00pm. Everyone is invited.

The event features:

  • The local family band Los Mitotitos
  • Food catered by Angelica Marquez Lucero of Angie’s Catering
  • Performance by Ballet Folklorico de Durango
  • Announcement of Latino American:500 Years of History events and projects
  • Screening of Episode 5: “Strangers in Their Own Land” PBS documentary film

For more information, contact Leslee Shell, Library Director, 970-563-9287

  1. Arborglyph Walk. A guided walk through aspens at Moonlick Park to see the Hispano tree carvings (arborglyphs). Saturday, September 26 at 10:-00am-noon.

Contact Ruth Lambert, PhD, for information and directions. Ruth is Cultural Program Director San Juan Mountains Association, 970-385-1267

  1. Screening and Charla, Tuesday, October 13 at 4:30 pm
  • Episode 5: “Prejudice and Pride” an award winning PBS documentary film
  • Refreshments
  • Charla with Dr. Maria Samora. EdD

For more information, contact Leslee Shell, Library Director, 970-563-9287

  1. Horizons Conference for Hispanic Parents and Children on Saturday, November 14 from 9:00-3:00pm at the Ignacio Middle School
    1. Free admission
    2. Breakfast and Lunch served
    3. Keynote speaker
    4. Breakout sessions on College Admission, Post-Secondary Choices, Negotiating the System
    5. Childcare provided

For more information, contact Rocco Fuschetto, Ignacio School Superintendent, Phone: 970-563-0500

  1. “The Wooden Canvas” lecture by Dr. Ruth Lambert of the San Juan Mountain Association on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10:00am

For more information, contact Ruth Lambert, PhD, Cultural Program Director San Juan Mountains Association, 970-385-1267

  1. “Voices of Ignacio” Oral History Project in spring 2016.

The Southern Ute Cultural Center hopes to collaborate with the Ignacio Community Library in our mutual oral history projects.

For more information, contact Renee Morgan, Ignacio Community Library, 970-563-9287.

Forty six percent of Ignacio’s residents claim Hispanic heritage. “Latino Americans are the country’s largest minority group, and still many people are unaware of their rich and varied history and culture,” said Shirena Trujillo Long, El Centro de Muchos Colores. She is a collaborator in the project. “I’m thrilled that Ignacio Community Library has this opportunity to explore this topic in our community.” Dr. Rocco Fuschetto, Superintendent of Ignacio Public Schools is spearheading the Hispanic/ Latino conference to help children of Spanish speaking parents to prepare for college and the future. “I would like to invite all Hispanic speaking parents that live in Ignacio, Bayfield, Durango and the surrounding areas to attend this informative conference”.

For a schedule of events, visit or contact (970) 563-9287.

Ignacio Community Library is located at 470 Goddard Avenue, Ignacio, CO 81137.

The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations. View a full list of the recipients.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

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About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.







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