Community meeting

The first community meeting was held for the city’s civil rights history project

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

The meeting took place in the Colorado River Room of the City Utilities Building at 222 Laporte Ave. A virtual option has also been made available for those unable to attend in person.

Anyone interested in the history of civil rights was invited to attend. McDoux Preservation, the project consultant, gave an overview of the project and participants learned how to get involved in the project over the next few months.

The goal of the project was to capture civil rights stories and experiences in Fort Collins that have not been documented or recorded in the past. The project focused 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, visit

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