VALLEY — The Community Museums of History Colorado have launched a new podcast, COauthored, to bring the museums’ oral history collections to a wider audience. The podcast premiered on December 20.
COauthored was born out of the Museum of Memory at El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo. El Pueblo History Museum recently closed the Salt Creek Memory Project, which worked with the Salt Creek community, a traditionally Mexican-American community sitting under the shadow of the former CF&I steel mill. Past and present residents of Salt Creek collaborated with museum staff and volunteers to co-author a rich history punctuated by family, culture, resilience, survival, and the need to take care of each other. Oral history collection is a core piece of collections and exhibits in the Community Museums, and collections are currently underway around the state.
José Ortega, the exhibits and collections coordinator for Community Museums, has led much of the collections work and also edits and engineers the podcast. Zach Werkowitch, the community relations coordinator for Community Museums is the podcast host. Dozens of volunteer community historians have collected the stories that will air in each episode. The producers hope to release one or two half-hour episodes each month and will release recorded Community Museums lectures as well. COauthored can be found on any podcast platform or at www.soundcloud.com/coauthored.
The Community Museums of History Colorado include the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose; Trinidad History Museum in Trinidad; Healy House and Dexter Cabin in Leadville; Fort Vasquez Museum in Platteville; Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center in the San Luis Valley; El Pueblo History Museum in Pueblo; and Byers-Evans House Museum and Grant-Humphreys Mansion in Denver.