NOW & THEN 1910:


Production Announced


Denver CO — Metropolitan State College of Denver, Community College of Denver, University of Colorado Denver and Auraria Casa Mayan Heritage (ACMH), a nonprofit educational and historical organization will present a multi-media event that highlights the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.  The one-day FREE event is open to the general public with light refreshments.  To be held on Sat., Nov. 20, 2010, the event will transform the St. Cajetan’s Historic Event Center, located at 900 Auraria Parkway on the Auraria Campus.


Opening Reception:  Viewed as a kick-off to the Mexican Revolution Centennial celebration, join us for the Opening Reception, 6-8 p.m., Thu., Nov. 18, 2010, at Chicano Humanities & Arts Council (CHAC), 772 Santa Fe Drive.  Refreshment donations: Consulate General of México and Mexican Cultural Center, Denver. 

The Social Revolution of 1910 is as much U.S. history, as it is Mexico’s history.  More than 1 million Mexicans left their homeland and migrated north as a result of the Revolution.  It was a pivotal moment in the history between the U.S. and Mexico.  Mexico’s contribution of natural resources to the U.S. economy, prior to the revolution, provided economic stability during the American Industrial Revolution.  The effect of the Revolution has left a mark; Hispanics, Chicano, and Latino communities in the United States today are descended from these demographic groups.  Since Juan de Oñate’s 1598 expedition into the present state of New Mexico, this became the migration route of Hispanics and Mexicans who traversed north into the San Luis Valley in Colorado.  This migration path was used for many who fled the Revolution.  The community eventually settled in Colorado’s Arkansas and South Platte River valleys, as well as, Denver’s Auraria.  Those who came supported the agricultural labor shortage in the beet fields, railroads, and mines.  Today, Latinos - their descendants - have contributed to the arts, literature, architecture, and entrepreneurship of Colorado.   

The Mexican Revolution Celebration offers a unique opportunity to compare and contrast Now & Then with the Mexican Revolution 100 years ago.  The extravaganza features live theatre performances, exhibits, presentations, live music and much more.  The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with programming running into the early evening.  Listed below are the times for the activities for the Saturday, November 20, 2010.



All Day Public Art Show: Reflecion y Revolucíon: Professor Carlos Fresquez of Metro State College will display a mixed-media art exhibit at St. Cajetan’s produced by students. The artistic representation is based on themes of the Mexican Revolution. Exhibit: Reflecíon y Revolucíon,Auraria Library (Nov. 8-14).

Historical Exhibits:
Mexican Revolution Historic Post CardsDenver Public Library, The World in 1910, and González Family Journey & Campa Family Journey CCD, Sue Samuelson & Kathryn Kelly-Graphics, Mexican Revolution Timeline (Susan Trujillo, Designer) & Child Labor, Education, Denver 1910 (James McNally, Historian & Retired Teacher, Manual High School).

Auraria Campus Bookstore
Betty Ingels, Mexican Revolution and Latin-American history books will be on display, and can be purchased during the event.

Sigma Lambda Beta • Denver Dumb Friends League 1910 • Auraria Casa Mayan Heritage • Displaced Aurarians Association.

8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast: Historic St. Cajetan’s Center.

8:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks 
Dr. Joan Foster, Dean, Letters of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Luis Torres, Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, Metropolitan State College of Denver, & Gregorio Alcaro, Trini González, Co-Founders, Auraria Casa Mayan Heritage


9:00 a.m.

Mexican Folklore and the Revolution, present by Dr. Arthur Campa, Associate Dean, School of LAS Co-PI, College Assistance Migrant Prog., Director, PERU, and Dr. Enrique Maestas, visiting Professor of Anthropology, Metro State College.

9:45 a.m. Unlocking Mexican Genealogy: Keys to Finding Your Roots, Richard De Olivas y Cordova, Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy.

10:15 a.m. Mexican Revolution Legacy for Colorado: Migration, Labor, & Identity, presented by Dr. Nicki Gonzales.
10:50 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m.
Reader’s Theatre & Poetry 
The Flower and the Cloud, presented by Gregorio Alcaro, and The Killing Walls, presented by Trini González. And the Revolution Continues: Then and Now(Y La Revolución Mexicana Continúa, Entonces y Ahora), present by Gloria Marie González, University of Colorado Denver & Emily Sloan, Regis University.


11:30 a.m.

Corridos of the Mexican Revolutionpresented by Dr. Jesus “Chuy” Negrete, nationally acclaimed musicologist.

12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Children’s Workshop 
Traditional Sombreros of Mexico, presented by Rita Flores de Wallace; State Folklorist, Storyteller, and Educator, sponsored by the Consulate General of México and Mexican Cultural Center, Denver

1:15 p.m. Presentation-Mexican Revolution Art, & Art Tour presented by Professor Carlos Fresquez and art tour.

2:00 p.m.

Reader’s Theatre 
Professor Juanita Pope’s production, La Llorona y Los Ninos de La Revolucíon, written by Leticia TangremaLas Soldaderas, written by Julie Story,Playwriting I Class, & actors from Theatre Appreciation Class & Public Speaking I Class, Community College of Denver, Theatre Department.

2:30 p.m.
The Good Neighbor -Video -written and presented by Gregorio Alcaro. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan shares his inner conflicts on pacifism, agriculture and his relationship with “Pancho Villa.” Time Travelers: Now vs. Then, production by ACMH, presented by Emily Andrews (UCD) & Gwyneth Johansen (Metro State), Theatre Departments. Two students confront two different worlds.

2:55 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m.
Revolutionary Denver 1910, presented by Dr. Tom Noel “Dr. Colorado,” History Students, University of Colorado Denver, and Presentations byMayor Robert SpeerDennis Gallagher, City Auditor, Golda MeierJennifer Provizer, Gov. ShafrothTom Noel, Mrs. González,Rebecca PonicsonMattie SilksKimberly Moore, Judge Ben LindseyJudge Larry Bohning, David Moffat, Charles Albi, Polly Pry Debra Faulkner

4:00 p.m.
Mark Twain and Halley’s Comet of 1910, presented by Attorney, Hugh Bingham who performs historical characters of the Rocky Mountain region. An Irish Mother in Mexico presented by Mary Robinson, “Mother Jones,” the most dangerous woman in the world and her solidarity with Mexican workers during the Revolution.

4:25 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. La Revolucíon: Through the Eyes of Carolinawritten and directed by Trini González & Gregorio Alcaro, Auraria Casa Mayan Heritage. The González family journey from in El Paso, TX, and arrival their arrival in Auraria 1924, told by nurse & entrepreneur Carolina González, performed by Alma Lozano, Metro State, and The Border Dance, presented by student’s Franklin Cruz & Kylee Wellons.

5: 00 p.m.
Evening Performances 
Dr. Jesus “Chuy” Negrete, musical performance.

5:15 p.m.
The Secret Revolution of November 1910, Hektor Muñoz’s production, written by Daniel Lowenstein, One sixth of the world’s wealthiest men creates the largest private bank in history.

5:30 p.m.
Mexican Colors: Untold Stories of Mexico and the Revolution, Lonnie McCabe’s production, presented by Bianca Dominguez (Metro State), Franklin Cruz and Kylee Wellons, former DSA students, & Rami Hussein, Vanguard Classical School. The African Mexican contribution to the Revolution: Mestizos, Moors, Sephardim & the influence in the New World.

6:00 p.m. Closing and Healing Ceremony Dr. Jesus “Chuy” Negrete, Mexican National Anthem.