Flagler College recently received a competitive â€œLatino Americans: 500 Years of Historyâ€ grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). The $3,000 grant will fund public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances â€” all efforts that center on Latino history and culture.
â€œLatino Americans are the countryâ€™s largest minority group, with more than 50 million people, and still many people are unaware of their rich and varied history and culture,â€ said Dr. Kelly Enright, Flagler Collegeâ€™s director of Public History. â€œIâ€™m thrilled that we have this opportunity to explore this topic in our community.â€
Flagler was one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country. Grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations.
The college will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film â€œLatino Americans,â€ created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day.
As part of the grant, the college will partner with St. Johns County Public Library System, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the Hispanic Heritage Council to bring programming on Latino history and heritage to the community through artist and scholar talks, exhibits and scholar-led discussion of episodes from the PBS series.
In addition, through the Public History Program, the college will reach out to the Latino American community in the county to collect oral histories, photos, and memorabilia for digital preservation and exhibition. Individuals who have stories to share should contact Enright at email@example.com.
All events below, supported by the grant, are free and open to the public.
List of events:
Oct. 5, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Flagler College West Lawn: Hispanic Heritage Festival
Oct. 11, 5 p.m., Lewis Auditorium: Eusebio Leal, Cubaâ€™s Havana historian, preservationist;.
Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Crisp-Ellert Art Museum: Screening of Episode 1 of â€œLatino Americans: 500 Years of Historyâ€ with scholar-led discussion by Lori Lee
Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Location TBA: Screening of Episode 5 with scholar-led discussion by Maria Jose Maguire
March 2, 7 p.m., Location TBA: Efrain Barradas, â€œWhat is Latino Art?â€ talk
Throughout March, episodes will be screened at the St. Johns County Library, Main Branch, with scholar-led discussion by Enright
Date TBD in spring semester, Community Oral History Workshop
A comprehensive listing of events will be posted shortly on Flagler Collegeâ€™s website. For general information, contact Enright at firstname.lastname@example.org.