Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 17, 2023
The Silver Crash of 1893 could have spelt disaster for Coloradans if not for the heroes who came after. White Gold- commonly known as sugar beets- provided a new road of prosperity for Colorado and its farmers but without the labor of the oftentimes immigrant workers, this white gold would have not have reached the potential it did.
Many immigrants came to Colorado searching for jobs to provide for their family either here or at home. The Germans from Russia and the Latino laborers were two such communities working in the sugar beet fields to provide for themselves and support the Colorado economy. Join us on a bus tour to Fort Collins where we will learn more about White Gold and the communities who sweat, labored, and harvested this gold.
We will hear stories from past sugar beet workers and hear how these two different communities navigated life as workers in the sugar beet fields. Lunch at a local Mexican restaurant, Los Tarascos and admission to the Museo de las Tres Colonias in Fort Collins are included in your ticket price.
We will have a Denver and a Fort Collins pick-up location. Please specify which you would prefer when you register.
Information about our partners/speakers:
The Northern Colorado Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia is proud to be a partner with History Colorado for the "Community Table: Stories of the Sugar Beet Workers". www.ahsgr.org
Betty Aragon is a preservationist of Hispanic and Latinx history, traditions, and culture in Fort Collins, co-founder of the Museo de las Tres Colonias and founder of the local non-profit Muerjes de Colores. She led the initiative to build “The Hand that Feeds” sculpture at Sugar Beet Park in Fort Collins, one of our stops on the tour. https://mujeresdecolores.org/home
Jerry Gavaldon is a lifelong Hispanic/Latin community resident and Board President for the Museo de las Tres Colonias. We will visit the Museo de las Tres Colonias as one of our stops.
History Colorado’s Museum of Memory is a public history initiative that works together with Colorado residents to co-author a shared history. We collaboratively work to reanimate, center, and amplify the histories that have long existed only in the margins and create the opportunity for the community to decide how to remember its collective past.