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Faith and Fortitude: Fort Collins’ Earliest Hispanic Families

With a mix of portraits and documentary photographs, “Faith and Fortitude: Fort Collins’ Earliest Hispanic Families” is a glimpse into the lives of the descendants of Fort Collins’ earliest Hispanic families, capturing life at home, in neighborhoods and places of worship.

Tanya B. Fabian is the 2019 recipient of The Documentary Project Fund’s Mountain West Regional Award, a grant designated for a community-based photography project in a western state.  She was awarded this grant for “Faith and Fortitude: Fort Collins’ Earliest Hispanic Families”, previously titled “Historias No Contadas/Untold Stories”.

This is the story of the descendants of migrants from many decades ago (50-plus years) and how they have created a strong foundation for today’s thriving northern Colorado city.  The history of Fort Collins’ longtime Hispanic population is unknown to much of the community, now more than 80% white and 50% under the age of 44.   These families of early founders live hidden lives in the city their ancestors helped create.

The families documented in these photographs traveled north from New Mexico, leaving isolated villages to find work in sugar factories and beet fields.  Others migrated from different southwestern states and Mexico. Today’s families are a dynamic mix of cultures and traditions.