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‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ Coming to Lawrence Public Library

LAWRENCE, KS – A new series of events is coming to the Lawrence Public Library. ‘Latino Americas: 500 Years of History’ is the newest program to the library and will last throughout the month of April. The goal is to bring awareness to the Latino culture and educate the community.

“We get a lot of history that’s kind of the white history of Lawrence, but I’m hoping that this opens the doors to telling more of the diverse stories from the Latino community and maybe this will pave the way to telling stories about the African American community,” said Kristin Soper, Events Coordinator at the Lawrence Public Library. “That’s what I hope comes out of it; diversifying the histories that were telling as a community.”

This exhibit comes after the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association. In partnership with the Lawrence Public Library, The Tonantzin Society of Topeka and KU Libraries, the exhibit enhances the PBS documentary film series “Latino Americans” (2013). The program will include episode screenings, workshops, lectures and exhibits to explore the Latino cultural, political, and social history.

“Its my hope that by hosting the screenings here and having the recording of the oral histories here that it will encourage people that maybe don’t have the KU functions on their radar to come out and check out all the amazing programming that their doing,” said Soper.

All events and exhibits will be free to the public. More information and a full schedule of events can be found on the center for Latin American and Caribbean studies website http://latamst.ku.edu/500years.

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