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First community meeting scheduled for City’s civil rights history project

Released on Thursday, July 21, 2022
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  • Jim Bertolini, Senior Historic Preservation Planner, ,
  • Maren Bzdek, Historic Preservation Manager, ,

The City of Fort Collins’ Historic Preservation Program is kicking off its local civil rights history project, and interested residents are invited to a community meeting next Wednesday, July 27, from 6 p.m. to 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 who can’t attend in person.

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

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

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

To learn more about the project, and to find links to the virtual participation option, visit