Community meeting

First community meeting planned for the city’s civil rights history project

The City of Fort Collins Historic Preservation Program is launching its local Civil Rights History Project, and interested residents are invited to a community meeting next Wednesday, July 27, from 6-7 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Colorado River Room of the City Utilities Building at 222 Laporte Ave. A virtual option will be available for those unable to attend in person.

Anyone interested in the history of civil rights is invited to attend. McDoux Preservation, the project consultant, will provide an overview of the project and participants will learn how to get involved in the project over the coming months.

The goal of this project is to capture civil rights stories and experiences in Fort Collins that have not been documented or recorded in the past. The project focuses on all aspects of the city’s civil rights history and is not limited to individual events or movements.

“This history is so important to document before many of these stories are lost,” said Jim Bertolini, the city’s senior historic preservation planner. “One of our goals is to capture the lived experience of all the communities that call Fort Collins home, including those whose stories have not always been prioritized.”

To learn more about the project and to find links to the virtual participation option, visit www.fcgov.com/civilrightshistory.