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El Pueblo History Museum explores how changing national sovereignty impacted the Southwest with poet, Emmy Pérez.

As part of its Borderlands of Southern Colorado Lecture Series, El Pueblo History Museum hosted Chicana poet Emmy Pérez to read from her latest collection of poetry: “With the River on Our Face” – a book influenced by her history and direct experience of life on the border. Pérez is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In 2017, she was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry. She has lived along the Texas-Mexico border for over seventeen years.

The lecture series, which is sponsored by Colorado State University-Pueblo, is an effort by El Pueblo to richen the community’s understanding of the stories told by its Borderlands of Southern Colorado exhibit by hosting a series of presentations given by various authors, artists, scholars, etc. from around the country. The lectures are free-of-cost and open to the public.

The Borderlands exhibit includes a collection of artifacts and information highlighting this area’s geopolitical border history. The museum marks the site of the original 1842 El Pueblo trading post along the Arkansas River that acted as the original border between the United States and Mexico. The 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo signed by the U.S. and Mexico to end the Mexican-American War declared the Rio Grande as the ne…

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