Tag Archives: Maria Rogers Oral History Program

Building understanding one book at a time

24 Oct

Back in 2009, oral historian Anne Marie Pois interviewed three of the founders of Reading to End Racism (RER), a non-profit group in Boulder County that sends trained readers into the schools to read specially chosen books to students that stimulate conversations about discrimination and overcoming it. 

This week we release “Reading to End Racism: Building understanding one book at a time,” an “MROHP Short” produced by Jenna Woods, that distills that interview into an engaging and inspiring introduction to the program.

This video features founders Ghada Elturk, Jean Gore, and Daniel Escalante talking about efforts to make Boulder “a racism-free zone,” experiences in their own lives that sensitized them to issues of racism, what it means to become an ally of those who experience discrimination, and how RER creates change through its effect on both readers and students.

As Daniel Escalante says,

It’s through stories that we can begin to learn about each other, understand each other, begin to have compassion for each other. It’s hard to discriminate against somebody that you care about.

Watch “Reading to End Racism: Building understanding one book at a time” here or on YouTube.

No place to hide and no days off

15 Aug


Pro Challenge photo

Two years ago, Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, talked with Richard Kiefer in an interview that was broadcast on radio station KGNU’s program “A Public Affair.” The interview was donated to our oral history program for archiving. With this year’s Pro Cycling Challenge just around the corner–it runs from August 18-24 this year–we thought the public might enjoy learning more about this 7-day, grueling stage race that attracts top professional cyclists from all over the world. As Shawn Hunter says in the interview, this race is described as one in which “there is no place to hide and no days off.”

You can listen to the complete interview here in which Shawn Hunter talks about the origin of the event, the national and international competitors, the route, the funding and organization, the appeal of cycling in general, and Colorado’s unique role in national and international cycling because of the physical challenges inherent in the race.

The last stage of this year’s race will come through Boulder on August 24. See the complete schedule here.


A Commitment to Social Justice

31 Jul


In this new entry to our MROHP Shorts video playlist on YouTube, Josie Heath–former Boulder County Commissioner and current President of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County–talks about the roots of her commitment to social justice, a commitment that became a life-long passion.

Hear stories about her experience of working in the fields alongside Latino farm workers in the 1940s at the age of ten–and of later being able to sign eight million dollars worth of checks as a county commissioner but not being able to open a bank account without her husband’s signature in the 1980s–among other stories illustrative of how she came to be committed to social welfare and women’s rights.

This interview was recorded for the Boulder County Latino History Project, undertaken in collaboration with our oral history program. The interviewer is Linda Arroyo-Holstrom, and the videographer is Irle Hernandez.The whole interview can be found here.

See also the MROHP Special Collection of interviews with members of the Boulder County Latino community here, which was funded in part by the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County.

We’re All Over the Internet

4 Feb

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We have a new brochure about all the ways to experience the Maria Rogers Oral History Program interviews on the internet. For example, did you know that:

  • there are two playlists of Maria Rogers Oral History Program interview videos on the Boulder Public Library’s YouTube channel: MROHP Shorts and MROHP Interviews? Play one or play them all!
  • We have oral history podcasts on our own iTunes page?
  • You can print out a form to order your own copies of oral histories?

And, of course, you can visit our online archive 24/7.

And you can read (and even subscribe to) this blog.

Read all about it in this new brochure:

OH Access Brochure 2014

Looking Backward, Looking Forward

27 Jan

2013 annual report banner

This past Saturday, the Maria Rogers Oral History Program hosted its annual meeting, at which we looked back at what we accomplished in the past year and looked ahead to what we all hope to do in the coming year.

A Readers’ Theater of excerpts from many of the 45 interviews that were archived during 2013, left people by turns laughing or moved with the poignancy of people’s experiences and insights. And inspired them to go out and collect more history in 2014. We plan to feature some of those excerpts in coming weeks to give our blog readers a sense of the some of the new interviews in our collection.

In the meantime, if you’d like to see an overview of what we’ve been up to in the past year, you can take a look at our 2013 Annual Report

The Past and Future of “the White Man’s Fly”

12 Jul

What’s a bee space?

Who brought bees to Colorado?

What is propolis?

And why did Native Americans call bees “the white man’s fly”?

You can find out the answers to these questions and much more in our YouTube video “What About Bees?” featuring Tom Theobald.

Tom Theobald was the last county bee inspector in Colorado and has been a beekeeper for more than 30 years. A lively and passionate speaker, Mr. Theobald was filmed in his bee yards in full bee regalia as he told stories of the history of beekeeping, showed and explained the inner workings of bee hives, and reflected on the welfare and future of bees in Boulder County.

This video was compiled from a series of interviews recorded in 2003 for the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Department and the Maria Rogers Oral History Program of the Boulder Public Library. The interviews were conducted by Anne Dyni and filmed by Liz McCutcheon. Video editing and production by Jenna Woods.

Grasshoppers Were Eating the Fenceposts

31 May

There will be a free showing of “The Grapes of Wrath” at the Canyon Theater at the Main Branch of the Boulder Public Library this Sunday (June 2) at 1 pm. To set the stage, watch this interview clip from our “History in a Minute” series, in which Genevieve Crawford describes coming to Colorado in a Model A Roadster during the height of the Dust Bowl.


If you can’t see the video here, you can view it on YouTube

From an interview by Shirley Steele for the Maria Rogers Oral History Program. Part of the Industrial Mine Camp Special Collection.

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