Lena attended the University of Denver on a four-year,
half-tuition scholarship, graduating in 1942 with a B.A. in Education. In
1951, she received a master's degree (M.A.) in Library Science from the
University of Denver.
Lena L. Archuleta taught in the classrooms
of New Mexico and Colorado for over thirty years. Her first assignment in
Denver was as librarian at Westwood Elementary School.
In the last fourteen years, Lena served in various administrative
positions with the Denver Public Schools. Her last assignment was that of
principal at Fairview Elementary School.
Awards and Honors:
Among the honors presented to Mrs. Archuleta
are Regis University's Civis Princeps Citation in Humanitarianism, the
Bernie Valdez Award for Community Service, the Hispanic Annual Salute, the
Women's Bank Education Award, the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
"Famous Firsts" Award and the National Achievement Award from Mortar Board,
Inc. In 1986 she was inducted into the
Colorado Women's Hall of Fame
University of Colorado at Denver conferred upon her its Distinguished
Service Award in May 1999.
In 2001 Mrs. Archuleta received the Regional "Mujer" Award from the
National Hispana Leadership Institute. That same year Mayor Wellington Webb
included her in a tribute to "Mile High Legend Unsung Heroes."
The Denver Public Library Commission unveiled the Cesar Chavez Leadership
Hall of Fame and created the Lena L. Archuleta Community Service Award in
April 2002. Her portrait will be among the first in the gallery of Latinos
and Latinas displayed at the Woodbury Branch Library.