Fullerton Public Library receives ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ Grant

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News Release: 17315

Date: October 7, 2015
Contact: Chi-Chung Keung, APR, Public Information Coordinator
(714) 738-6317


Fullerton, CA — Fullerton Public Library has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, Fullerton Public Library will receive a cash grant of $3,000 to hold public programming including documentary screenings, local history initiatives and lectures which promote Latino history and culture.

“Latino Americans are the country’s largest minority group, with more than 50 million people, and still many people are unaware of their rich and varied history and culture,” said Andrea Simental, Adult Service Librarian. “I’m thrilled that Fullerton Public Library has this opportunity to explore this topic in our community.”

Fullerton Public Library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” 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 16thcentury to the present day.

Programming will commence with a screening of the Latino Americans documentary Episode III: War and Peace on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Osborne Auditorium. The second screening of Latino Americans Episode V: Prejudice and Pride will take place on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Osborne Auditorium. Immediately following the documentary, Dr. Alexandro Gradilla, Associate Professor and dual chair of Chicano/o studies and African American studies at California State University will give a brief presentation and lead a discussion.

Additional events include a lecture on the history of mariachi music presented by Dr. Alicia Doyle, Associate Professor of Musicology at California State University, Long Beach and a local history initiative to collect photographs and documents from Fullerton’s Latino families.

For a schedule of events, visit www.fullertonlibrary.org or contact Andrea Simental at 714-738-3199 or andreas@ci.fullerton.ca.us. The Fullerton Public Library is located at 353 West Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton CA 92832.