In an effort to preserve and enhance the contribution of the Hispanic community in Northern Arizona, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces has launched its Heritage Project.
One of the first effort is the renovation of the basement of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, known as “The Basement,” in Flagstaff.
For years, the basement has served as a gathering point for the local community, hosting wedding and quinceañera celebrations, providing a quite place of solace for families and friends of dearly departed loved ones, and a meeting place for variety of church-related organizations.
In 2013, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces was asked to begin renovating the basement in an effort to create a cherished cultural heritage center for the entire community.
The following are photos of some of the work that has been done at the basement.
Here is a link to a recent bilingual story in AmigosNAZ on the project:
For information on how to donate to our ongoing renovation project, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The procession began with the lighting of more than 150 luminarias around Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel near downtown Flagstaff and ended with a view of more than 300 luminarias lining the winding road up to San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church.
In between, a group of more than 100 of the faithful braved the cold night air on Dec. 11 to celebrate the preview of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Members of Sociedades Guadalupanas were joined by a variety of community organizations and youth in the procession, while members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces took the lead in lighting the luminarias at both locations.