From the Valley Courier
Two Regional Advisory Councils of El Pomar Foundation assisted in bringing the original Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo to Pueblo. Funding from the Southeast and San Luis Valley Regional Partnerships Councils supported the costs for security, temperature and humidity control and other technical requirements necessary to host such an important and rare document.
El Pueblo History Museum, of History Colorado, worked closely with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C., to bring pages of the original document for display for the first time in Colorado. The Treaty is the most significant artifact in the museum’s newest exhibit, Borderlands of Southern Colorado, which opened to great fanfare earlier this month, including with a community celebration attended by over one thousand southern Colorado residents.
"We are very grateful for the contributions of these two southern Colorado-based councils of El Pomar Foundation,” said Dawn DiPrince, director of El Pueblo History Museum. “It is special that so many leaders from our community contributed to making this happen.”
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo significantly transformed the lives of families in southern Colorado. The 1848 treaty transferred all or parts of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and Colorado, from Mexico to the United States – more than 525,000 square miles of territory. While the treaty moved the political border between the United States and Mexico from the Arkansas River to the Rio Grande, it did not alter the linguistic, ethnic, and geological borders that were already taking shape. The treaty has never before been on display in Colorado.