About this event
About the tour: Join Dr. Nicki Gonzales, former Colorado State Historian, and explore the history of Denver’s Northside. Whether you call it Sunnyside, Highland or the Northside this part of Denver has a fascinating Chicano history that goes back generations. We’ll start at La Raza Park and walk through the neighborhood discussing activism, murals and the culture of cruising. This tour was informed by the City’s recent Latino/Chicano Historic Context Study, an overview of the deep history and historic places of Denver’s Mexican American, Chicano and Latino communities.
About the tour guide: Born and raised in Denver, Dr. Nicki Gonzales has deep roots in the coal mining and agricultural communities of Colorado and New Mexico. She is a graduate of Yale University and CU Boulder, with a PhD in American History. Currently, she serves as Colorado State Historian and is also a Professor of History and Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Regis University. Dr. Gonzales specializes in the history of the American West, with a focus on race relations and social and political movements. Her most recent projects include the City’s Latino/Chicano Historic Context Study and an oral history of Chicano Vietnam Veterans.