Where the Rivers Meet: The Story of Auraria, Colorado

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Where the Rivers Meet: The Story of Auraria, Colorado
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Where the Rivers Meet: The Story of Auraria, Colorado
Etter, Don
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Denver, CO
Center for Colorado and the West
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Auraria Library
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Where the Rivers Meet: The Story of Auraria, Colorado. | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/8/2015 11:11:53 AM] Home Where the Rivers Meet: The Story of Auraria, Colorado.Where the Rivers Meet: The Story of Auraria, Colorado.Submitted by nwharton on 12-6-2011 10:49 AMAuthor: Magdalena Gallegos, Anthony J. Garcia, and Daniel Valdez Publishing: Denver, CO: El Centro Su Teatro, Inc. 118 pages. Black and white photographs, CD. 8 1/2" x 11". $45.00 paperback Reviewer: Don and Carolyn Etter "Without stories, memory falters; and without memory imagination fails. Peter Schjeldahi, The New Yorker The subject of "Where the Rivers Meet" is aptly described in its subtitle: "The Story of Auraria, Colorado through our Eyes. The eyes" relied upon are the words of residents of Denver's Auraria neighborhood who were displaced in the early 1970s by the development of the Auraria Higher Education Center, together with the words and music of two individuals with roots in the city's educational and theatrical communities. This 2011 work is a second printing of a similarly titled 2005 work. The 2005 publication is in turn a combination of two earlier works. The first is "Auraria Remembered," which dates from 1991, and consists principally of interviews with a selection of former Auraria residents and numerous photographs. The second book dates from 2004 and consists of the text, lyrics, and music that make up the "Westside Oratorio. A performance CD of this oratorio is included. Interspersed in the combined work are various introductory and explanatory materials. Readers willfind these materials of particular value in understanding the evolution, purpose, and synergy of the separate works and their combination. This work is thus a collective memoir. It speaks of the emotions, visions, and insights of former residents and the creators of the Westside Oratorio. It rightly asks Who would remember? And it captures a significant, indeed, essential part of Auraria's long history. There are, of course, other materials available to scholars and others interested in the complete framework within which the memoir itself stands. For example, there are materials that record the history of other groups and other times that contributed to the shape of this place. Other records document the valiant efforts of Denver's preservation community to preserve some part of the neighborhood as a reminder of the past. Certainly what is saved is itself a beacon that illuminates what was lost. Finally, there is substantial evidence available to tell the history of the Auraria campus as a living placea place that has played and will continue to play a key role in meeting the educational needs of a wide cross section of students as well as a place that adds to the quality of the city. A bibliography for such a search could start with Jerome C. Smiley's 1901"History of Denver"; followed by the 1969photographic inventory of the Auraria neighborhood in the Denver Public Library's Western History Photo Collection; and Frank Abbott's1999 book The Auraria Higher Education Center: How It Came To Be The production of "Where the Rivers Meet" itself has been nicely done with good paper, clear typeface, and an understandable layout. The family snapshots retain their period charm and carry forward the story in a heartfelt way, even though some photographs were deleted, others added, some rearranged as this work EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanCasimiro Barela, state senator for over 37 years, fought to ensure Colorados first constitution was published in English, Spanish and German.


Where the Rivers Meet: The Story of Auraria, Colorado. | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/8/2015 11:11:53 AM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us evolved. The "scrapbook" images that underlay some pages are, however,a minor distraction. On the other hand, the cover painting by Carlos Fresquez is splendid, and in many ways tells the whole story in asingle imageone of color, design, the subject matter. And the remarkable and moving performance CDof the Westside Oratorio carries the entire work to a higher level. Indeed, it would be a mistake simply to read the work without listening to the CD. Reviewer Info: Carolyn and Don Etter have long been involved in Denver's civic life, particularly in the preservation ofDenver's legacy of place. Their workhas included joint serviceas Manager ofDenver's Department ofParks and Recreation during Mayor Federico Pea's administration. Don is the author ofthe 1972 book Auraria: Where Denver Began. Carolyn and Don, in consultation with Ken Watson, then Executive Director of Historic Denver, Inc., developed and presented the initial 1972 plan for thepreservation,development, and adaptive use ofthe 9th Street Historic Park, now a centralamenity on the Auraria campus. Add new comment