Latino Americans – 500 Years of History


Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), is a nationwide public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country’s largest minority group.

Fullerton Public Library is one of 203 recipients selected from across the country to receive the Latino VOXXIAmericans 500 Years of History Grant. As one of the grant recipients, 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 between July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016.   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 16th century to the present day.

Oral History Clips

The Center for Oral and Public History at California State University, Fullerton has generously lent us excerpts from a series of oral histories related to the Latino Americans project. The oral history interviews, conducted with Mexican American World War II veterans, reveal the experiences of Latino Americans during the war which ultimately led them to push for civil rights back at home. The full length interviews are available through the Center for Oral and Public History at CSUF.

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LA500 audio clips

Documentary Screenings

Join the Fullerton Public Library for screenings of the landmark PBS documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. Discussion following the film will be facilitated by

Dr. Alexandro Gradilla, Associate Professor and chair of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Fullerton.

Episode III: War and Peace. Tuesday, November 10, 2015 7:00-9:00 pm, Osborne Auditorium

Episode V: Prejudice and Pride. Thursday, March 31, 2016 7:00-9:00 pm, Osborne Auditorium

History of Mariachi Lecture

Learn about the lively history of mariachi music from expert Dr. Alicia Doyle, Director of Music History and Professor of Musicology at California State University, Long Beach. This multi-media lecture will focus on mariachi from its colonial and Mesoamerican roots to traditions carried north to the United States. A question and answer section will follow the presentation.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 7:00-9:00 pm, Community Room

¡Viva Mi Historia!  Fullerton’s Latino Families

Latino community members are invited to share their story! Bring your historical
photographs, documents, diaries, letters, images, etc. to the Fullerton Public to be digitized and archived in the Local History Room. Participants will receive a digital copy of their
documents. Limit 10 per family.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 10:00 am—5:00 pm, Local History Room

All events will take place at the Fullerton Public Library

353 West Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832

For more information please contact, Andrea Simental at 714-738-3199 or

*Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National

Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.






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