2021 OSTA Conference – Las Vegas, Nevada Update
SAVE THE DATE!
The next multi-day trail OSTA conference will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada October 28-31, 2021 with the theme “Builders of the Trail”. Early bird registration is open through August 30th. Register now to take advantage of conference discounts.
Riverside Street to be Named for ‘Spanishtown’ Pioneer Community
A mile-long section of Riverside’s Orange Street is getting a second name: Spanishtown Road. The Riverside City Council unanimously approved the name change. “We’re excited about it,” Nancy Melendez, OSTA California Director said, saying the designation will help tell a more complete story of the area’s history and Latino heritage.
Lock Dawson, whose office brought the proposal forward, told the City Council “there’s a lot of history here that’s worth being honored and that a lot of us don’t … know.”
The Trujillo Adobe, the focal point of that chapter in Riverside’s history, is located in the Northside neighborhood. It was constructed in 1862 by the sons of La Placita de los Trujillos founder Lorenzo Trujillo following a flood that destroyed the community and the original adobe on that site.
Visitor Guide for Colorado’s Delta and Mesa Counties
Richfield Visitor Center Certification
The Bureau of Land Management (Utah State Office), National Park Service and National Trails Intermountain Region have signed the Richfield Visitor Center certification agreement.
Certified Sites are designated by the National Park Service as having significant importance to the Old Spanish Trail. Here visitors can learn more about the trail and its relationship to their local communities.
Currently there are nine certified sites related to the Old Spanish Trail and more will be added in the near future.
Utah BLM Oil and Gas Lease Sale
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Utah state office announced in August 2020, it will defer all of the controversial 87,000 acres of oil and gas lease parcels in southeastern Utah’s red rock country proposed for lease at an upcoming federal sale in September 2020.
The Old Spanish Trail Association opposed the proposed sale of parcels in Grand and San Juan counties since 26 of the proposed sale parcels impacted the Old Spanish National Historic Trail and its trail corridor. OSTA was part of a conservation alliance opposed to the sale of the parcels.
Please read news from the OSTA Descendants Chapter – February 2020 which highlights events at the “Travelers Along the Old Spanish Trail” Conference in Cedar City, Utah.
Mesa & Delta Recreation & Development Strategy Released
Our federal partners, the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service has released the final version of the Mesa & Delta, Colorado Recreation & Development Strategy. This is the fifth plan for our trail with another being planned for the Northern Arizona area. These plans are full of great ideas, concepts, and graphics and are the result of several meetings and input from our communities. Thank you BLM and NPS! – click here to view and download!
OSTA Announces Lynn Brittner as Executive Director
Lynn Brittner of Albuquerque NM, has been appointed Executive Director of the Old Spanish Trail Association.
Brittner served as the Executive Director for the Santa Barbara Historical Museum from 2014 until recently, and now resides in Albuquerque NM.
As the former Executive Director of the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum (SUCCM) Brittner has led and represented SUCCM in the development of its $38M 52,000 sq./ft. cultural center and museum campus located in Ignacio, Colorado. Earlier in her career, she brought her extensive knowledge and skills to diverse museum roles including collections curator, manager, and registrar at several Santa Fe, New Mexico institutions including the Palace of the Governors, the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, the School for American Research and the Georgia O‘Keefe Museum.
She holds a BA from Fort Lewis College in Archaeology/Anthropology and an MA from the University of New Mexico in American Studies.
“I am really excited to join OSTA as Executive Director,” Brittner said. “Preserving this part of western history is so important and I’m really passionate about helping the association grow and educating their communities.”
Vicki Felmlee, OSTA president, said Brittner’s experience with non-profits is an exciting aspect of her background. “She is a well-known professional in this area, has proven abilities to bring people together for a common good. She’s exactly what we need to reach that higher level, not only for our members but also our many volunteers and partners.”
Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe receives Site Certification
The Juan Matias Sanchez Adobe, the oldest structure in Montebello, dating back to 1845, has received Site Certification. The Adobe nestled in the hills of North Montebello, within a quiet residential neighborhood, remains a hidden jewel in Montebello history. Read more here.
COMPREHENSIVE ADMINISTRATIVE STRATEGY FOR THE
OLD SPANISH NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL RELEASED
When many people in the West think about the Old Spanish Trail, they might think about history and culture. For the Old Spanish Trail Association (OSTA), the trail is also about tourism, exploration, adventure; and, challenges. Planning and installing identification signage and interpretive wayside exhibits, working to develop partnerships with museums and cultural centers, and protecting Trail resources, landscapes and values from the potentially detrimental effects of energy development, mining, commercial developments, and more are just a few of the issues confronting the trail in its six-state region.
An important part of OSTA’s efforts has been consulting with the federal administrators for the Trail – the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Park Service (NPS) – on a management plan, required by the National Trails System Act. That plan is intended to guide the administration and management of the Trail on federal public lands, and on state, tribal, and local government lands, and private lands through cooperative efforts with such entities and individual landowners. After fifteen years of prolonged planning and discussions the BLM and NPS have released a Comprehensive Administrative Strategy for the Trail. Read more…