John W. Rawlings Heritage Center



560 Bent Avenue, Las Animas, CO  81054



 9/11 Memorial Wall Exhibition and PowerPoint at John Rawlings Heritage Center


 “Honoring the Fallen: Reflecting on 9/11 through Betty Blanco’s Presentation and Memorial Wall Exhibition”
Las Animas, Colorado – Join us at the John Rawlings Heritage Center as we come together to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks through a special exhibition showcasing the 9/11 Memorial Wall. Renowned speaker Betty Blanco will also captivate audiences with a powerful PowerPoint presentation on September 8, at 6pm in the Grand Hall at the Museum.
From September 1 to September 30, visitors to the John Rawlings Heritage Center will have the opportunity to explore the remarkable 9/11 Memorial Wall Exhibition. Curated by Betty Blanco, this exhibition aims to preserve the memory of the lives lost and the courageous acts that unfolded on that tragic day.
The 9/11 Memorial Wall Exhibition takes viewers on an emotional journey, shedding light on the events leading up to the attacks, the devastation that followed, and the stories of heroism and resilience. Through a combination of photographs, artifacts, personal stories, and multimedia elements, visitors gain a deeper understanding of the impact 9/11 had on our nation and the world.
At the heart of the exhibition lies the 9/11 Memorial Wall, a solemn display where visitors can pay their respects to the victims. The wall is adorned with heartfelt messages, photographs, and mementos contributed by survivors, families, and individuals who were directly impacted by the attacks. This poignant tribute serves as a reminder of the strength and unity that emerged from the tragedy.
On September 8, at 6pm, Betty Blanco, a renowned speaker and expert on 9/11, will take center stage in the Grand Hall at the Museum. Blanco’s powerful PowerPoint presentation will provide invaluable insights into the historical context, the human stories behind the event, and the subsequent impact on American society. Through her compelling narrative and thoughtful analysis, Blanco aims to foster a sense of empathy, understanding, and remembrance among attendees.
Betty Blanco’s presentation offers a unique opportunity for the Las Animas community to come together and honor the memory of those affected by 9/11. Her expertise and passion for this subject ensure an enlightening and captivating evening for all attendees. This event is not to be missed for those seeking a deeper understanding of the tragedy and its lasting impact.
The John Rawlings Heritage Center encourages all residents of Las Animas and neighboring communities to attend the 9/11 Memorial Wall Exhibition and Betty Blanco’s presentation. By joining in this commemoration, attendees can actively contribute to the process of healing, remembrance, and understanding, ensuring the legacy of 9/11 is preserved for future generations.
For further information regarding the 9/11 Memorial Wall Exhibition, Betty Blanco’s presentation, and other related events, interested individuals can visit the John Rawlings Heritage Center’s website or contact their offices directly.


We are proud to announce that the Museum is now open for business! Hours are Tuesday 9am – 4pm; Tuesday – Friday Noon to 4pm; and Saturday noon-4pm. We are CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY, but available for private tours by appointment. Come and see our new additions – the volunteers have been busy. Ken Curtis in military uniform will welcome you! Boggsville Historical Site, with self-guided interpretive tour, is open daily year-round. The historic Boggs and Prowers houses with visitor center are open Tuesday – Saturday from 11am to 4pm. Call 456-6066 with any questions.



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The John W. Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum is a dynamic place where history and culture come together to be experienced by a multi generational audience. Historic exhibits and events will interpret the influence of Bent County on the growth of the state and region. The facility serves as headquarters of the Bent County Historical Society where historical artifacts are displayed, preserved, documented, and interpreted for the public.

Open to the Public

Hours are Tuesday 9am – 4pm; Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday noon-4pm. We are CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY.

Admission are Adults, Seniors and Students $5.00

Children 6 to 12 $4.00

Active Military with ID Free

Groups of 10 $3.00 per person


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