Now in development – a .6-mile walking route around the heart of the village. This project aims to be carried out through multiple phases, seeking community input along the way. The desire, at this phase, is to engage with the community, beyond the origin team (a group of local residents), to share in the act of creation and representation.
The growing vision is to invite residents to tell their stories, to create a vibrant walking path, and to weave stories and images along a trail. The hope is to root the project in a large context – that includes history, particularly of the Spanish Frontier and Indigenous Peoples, and culture. The present is heir to history, and we acknowledge that this relationship emerges in complex ways.
This timely project supports our community’s shift from a mining town to a broader economy, one that focuses on cultural preservation, and includes sharing our local history and surrounding beauty with visitors, residents, and homecoming family.
This project is collaborating with LEAP who will build a cache for oral histories and archival imagery. These oral histories will focus on local stories – themes include experiences of life ways – sheep herding, mining, agriculture – and the seasonal rhythms of life, such as acequia care, cleaning, and use. These stories encompass a larger memory project and will reside online at QuestaStories.org.
Photo credit: All photographic images currently displayed on this site were taken by John Collier, circa 1940 when he spent time (mainly one winter) in Questa capturing images of people and place. They are archived at the Library of Congress.