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A Letter from the GSHA President

Good morning, its -15 degrees in Pueblo right now the high is suppose to hit 14, a heat wave. Be safe and stay warm. California send some warm air this way.


I am not a big Facebook person, but I realize it is important to keep our members informed, which mostly has been through emails and our website. I will do a better job in the future on Facebook.


There will be some exciting news this week about our Annual Meeting and Conference, I have a planned meeting with the GSHA executive board and chapter reps this Wednesday to discuss our moving forward.

This pandemic has been rough on all of us and has forced us to change the way we do business, Zoom has become our main means of communication with conducting our membership meetings. It has becomes more popular as we are able to live stream outstanding presenters and I see it continuing when we can meet in person again hopefully by the fall.


I want to Thank all the chapters of remaining strong and especially the excellent speakers they have provided, they have been quite informative and have provided much needed help in do our genealogical research. So Great job! You can connect to the chapter websites on gshaa.org.


GSHA has entered into a collaborative partnership with the Pueblo City/County library to provide future speakers, my Thanks to Charlene Garcia-Simms, the Hispanic genealogist and historian of the library, for this partnership and look forward to future joint presentations. Also, we our working on another partnership with the Colorado Genealogical Society with same purpose. I will be talking with Kelly Glenn, VP of Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies and former President of Colorado Genealogical Society early this week to get the ball rolling.

I want to remind everyone of our blog on our website gshaa.org, there you can find other website upcoming events, family stories and general information on GSHA. But we need your help, this is your way of getting your story out there and informing us of what is going on. I thank Lynda Sena-Kouba and Tom Martinez for their diligence in maintaining the blog. Again this your blog, please use it, no story is to small. You can send your articles or information to: president@gshaa.org, gsha.secretary@gmail.com or gsha.vp@gshaa.org for posting.

I thank the Conference Planning Committee for their hard work, Rose Alavarado (UT), Ed Muniz(UT), Gloria Gonzales-Cook(UT), Maria Garciaz(UT), Albert Garcia(UT), Jeanette Martinez(SC), Cathy Romero(SC), Roccie Hill (SC), Tom Martinez(FACC), Charles Lobato(UT), John Matinez(UT), Debbie Gurtler(Familysearch), Juan Becerra(Church of Jesus Christ.org), Loe Marie Pierce(Church of Jesus Christ.org), we are all grateful for your dedication.


I conjunction with GSHA chapters, will be starting a Oral History section on our website, it is in its infancy. Ed Muniz , a professor at the University of Utah, is conducting such a program with his students in Chicano studies and we will be consulting with him how to move forward. I hope to have this up and running by May 2021.


GSHA is a non-profit organization and as such relies on memberships dues for its operating budget. If you are not a member, please considering joining us or please consider a donation for the excellent work our board and members do. Go to gshaa.org, membership tab, on-line payment and you will find ways to join or donate.


Again, Thank you all for your perseverance and loyalty, stay safe, stay strong and stay warm.


Bob Craig

GSHA President

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