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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.

The Hurt is in the Heart

10 Feb

By Emily Shuster

I CAME TO BOULDER six weeks ago as an intern for the Maria Rogers Oral History Program.

To the eyes and ears of a visitor to Boulder, one from the part of the country where an eight-hundred foot rise is designated a “peak,” many things seem different, and unexpected.

 To the eyes and ears of this visitor to Boulder—a college student from Vermont, originally hailing from the Boston area—other notable traits here are the personality of this community, and personalities in this community. The stories that Boulder residents tell seem to be not only rich with adventure, excitement and accomplishment, but they carry a uniquely noticeable interest in, and care for one another. 

Through my internship I have felt privileged to have the opportunity to listen to the stories of many fascinating Boulder residents who embody this characteristic. There seems to be something in the (dry!) air here that fosters the mindset of person-to-person civility and compassion.

 “…the hurt is not in the wallet, the hurt is in the heart”

So says Cindy Taylor, Director of the Consumer Affairs Division at the Boulder County Attorney General’s office.  Ms. Taylor was interviewed by Shirley Steele for the oral history program (the interview was filmed by Liz McCutcheon).  The whole interview is available on the Maria Rogers Oral History web site , but you can watch the short video above to learn about the essence of the Consumer Affairs Division’s work and hear about consumer protection resources available to those in need of help. Continue reading

In Memoriam, 2010: Father James McKeown

3 Dec

THE MARIA ROGERS ORAL HISTORY PROGRAM has collected interviews with Boulder and Boulder County residents since 1976. Each year we add about 50 new interviews to our archive. And every year, some of the people that we interviewed finish their time here on earth, leaving behind loved ones and memories of a wide variety of experiences and accomplishments. Fifteen of the people who died in 2010 told of their experiences through oral history interviews.

The sanctuary at St. John's Episcopal Church in Boulder

One of those people, Father James McKeown, is featured in our latest podcast, produced by Heidi Pate. Father McKeown was born in 1921 and was a priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Boulder from 1965 to 1991.  In his oral history he spoke about his church’s response to the influx of young people to Boulder during the summers of the late 1960s, including many runaways who had heard about Boulder’s reputation as a “happening place.”

Father McKeown explained, “At that time the city and county had no facilities for runaways. They were put into the regular jail. Continue reading

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