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Explore the truly amazing Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) digital collection presented through the University of Miami Libraries. This collection is a compilation of digital manuscripts, photographs, letters, maps and other resources held in the University of Miami Libraries. While covering a wide range of topics including anti-communism, literary manuscripts, and refugee records, the collection has particularly strong theater and playwright focus.
The Alberto del Pozo Orichas Collection is a person favorite, featuring a series of drawing depicting orichas (spirit deities) from the Afro-Cuban Santería religion.

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Ochumare by Alberto del Pozo, from University of Miami Digital Collections

Enjoy these unique digital collections while learning more about Cuba's fascinating history!

1562.jpgIn 1562 Spanish cartographer Diego Gutiérrez created the largest, most complete print map of the Americas. Gutierrez used data collected by Spain during its explorations. The map included information on the people, settlements, and environment from the tip of South America to Labrador on the east cost. Gutiérrez's map was the largest engraved map of America to that time.

The Library of Congress' American Memory: Discovery and Exploration project includes a special presentation on the 1592 Map of the Americas, as well as images from the map's engravings.

Ballet_Folklorico.JPGGet ready for an experience unlike any other! Ballet Folklorico is once again bringing the dances of Mexico to Central Library in a performance celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Escamilla Entertainment's Ballet Folklorico brings to audiences of all ages enriching perspectives of Mexican culture, featuring dances and dress from Mexico's diverse culture and even a world champion trick roper!

Ballet Folklorico
Saturday, October 12th, 2-3p.m.
Central Library, Shoenleber Reading Room (1st Floor)
814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Questions? Contact Ready Reference at 286-3011.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Milwaukee's Spanish Newspapers

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Explore Wisconsin and Milwaukee's history through the eyes of one of our city's many Spanish newspapers! Milwaukee Public Library has several Spanish papers covering the 1960s-90s, as well as current titles. The image above is taken from La Guardia, a bilingual newspaper with a focus on the Chicano led labor movement.

Some of the other Spanish newspapers in the library's collection include the Spanish Journal, known as "La voz hispania de Wisconsin," and El Conquistador.

These and other historic Milwaukee newspapers can be accessed in the Periodicals Department, 2nd Floor of the Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. Questions about the Spanish newspapers? Call our Periodicals department at 414-286-3073.

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Image Courtesy of the the VOCES Oral History Project, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin.

The VOCES project was started in 1999 by University of Texas professor Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez. Her goal was to document the stories of the Latino experience in World War II, a subject that had previously been mostly ignored by the majority of historians. Now having interviewed over 500 men and women (and recently expanded to include stories of the Korean and Vietnam wars), this project is one of the premier sources for primary accounts of American Latino history. While the actual tapes and archives are located in Texas, there is an excellent website (click here!) that provides many different first-hand accounts of these experiences. Definitely worth the browsing time and more, so why not click over and read about a unique bit of American History today?

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

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September 15- October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month! Join Milwaukee Public Library in celebrating the cultures of Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and Spanish-speaking regions and countries of Central and South America with events and diplays throughout our libraries.

This Saturday, September 21st come to the Forest Home Library, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave., for a full day of fun activities!

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Bilingual Story Time
Join us for a fun, interactive bilingual story time that includes stories, songs and a craft, plus a special churro treat!
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1-1:45 p.m.
Tania Alvarez - Miss Latina Wisconsin 2013
Miss Alvarez will present the story El Patito Feo/ The Ugly Duckling and share her experiences as Miss Latina Wisconsin. Express your individuality with an art activity following the story. (Suitable for children ages 6 and up.)

2:30-3 p.m.
Dance Academy of Mexico
Local dancers will present lively traditional Mexican dances. Fun for all ages!

On every Monday and Wednesday throughout Hispanic Heritage Month a different event, individual or resource will be highlighted on the Now @MPL.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Junot Diaz

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10.15.12.Junot.Diaz.jpgJunot Diaz is a writer and educator. Díaz was born in Villa Juana, a neighborhood in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Díaz emigrated to Parlin, New Jersey in December 1974. In elementary school Diaz was was a voracious reader, often walking four miles in order to borrow books from his public library. He completed his BA at Rutgers College in 1992, majoring in English. He worked his way through college by delivering pool tables, washing dishes, pumping gas, and working at Raritan River Steel. He earned his MFA from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1995, where he wrote most of his first collection of short stories. Currently, Díaz teaches creative writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing and is also the fiction editor for Boston Review. He is active in the Dominican American community and is a founding member of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Writing Workshop, which focuses on writers of color. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker magazine, which listed him as one of the 20 top writers for the 21st century. He has also been published in Story, The Paris Review, and in the anthologies The Best American Short Stories four times (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000), The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories (2009), and African Voices. He is best known for his two major works: the short story collection Drown (1996) and the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007). Both were published to critical acclaim and he won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.


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