Trinidad State News

Southern Rockies Heritage School selects steering committee

Trinidad Campus / December 10, 2015

The Southern Rockies Heritage School, which operates under the authority of Trinidad State Junior College, has selected a group of advisors to guide the school’s vision.

The Heritage School opened in February of this year with the goal of preserving and promoting traditional knowledge, skills, arts and crafts from the past and applying those skills to modern life.  Committee members are Tom Perry, Jim Vigil, Meghan Harris Russell and Sheri Files.  They will give input not only on the Heritage School, but continuing education classes which are offered by Trinidad State.

blacksmithing 01The group has already convened once and will get together four times a year.  Kim McKee, who has headed the Heritage School on a part time basis will transition out of that role and has been offered a position on the committee.

A recent weekend blacksmithing class was full, with eight students participating.  That class will be repeated in the future.  A beekeeping class was also successful and will also be offered again.  “The Heritage School vision resonates with us at the college and we believe it has the support of area artists,” said Trinidad State President Dr. Carmen Simone. “With the help of these fine volunteers we expect to become better connected to the local art community and with their guidance smartly shape what this school becomes in the future.  We’re looking for the ‘sweet spot’ that balances length and difficulty of classes with cost.  We’re also trying to figure out what kinds of heritage classes will excite people.” 

Classes planned in the next month include Beginning Jewelry Making and Decorative Glass Projects.

For more information on these classes, or to sign up, call Donna Haddow at 719 846-5541. Information on future classes is also available at