Latinos in Kansas City - A Westside Scrapbook

The Kansas City Public Library already hosts original and traveling exhibits in two elegant galleries in its downtown Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., has extended its cultural offerings to its first-ever online exhibit.

As a part of the Missouri Latinos initiative, Latinos in Kansas City: A Westside Scrapbook, highlights the lives of Hispanic
Americans living on the west side of Kansas City in the first half of the 20th century. It features photos and other materials drawn from the extensive Guadalupe Center Collection in the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections.

The city’s Hispanic and Latino community, which today comprises 10% of its population, began taking shape in the late 1800s, when the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroads hired Mexican laborers for construction in the Southwest and those workers and other immigrants moved north on the rail lines to KC. A second influx came in the wake of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, bringing refugees in search of escape from the upheaval and a better life in the United States.

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122 Attend 1st Event!

"They, too, Played America's Game" started the Missouri Latinos initiative off right with 122 in attendance.  Experts Adrian Burgos, Jr. and Raymond Doswell gave an inspiring account of the impact Latinos have had on America's favorite pastime.  For more information on the Missouri Humanities Council's Missouri Latinos initiative, which is featuring events in Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, and St. Louis, visit our complete calendar by clicking here.

Please consider making a gift to the Missouri Humanities Council's Missouri Latinos initiative by making a simple and safe online donation here.

Head over to Kansas City Public Library!

August marks the first month of several in which libraries partnering with the Missouri Humanities Council on its Missouri Latinos initiative will be featuring an educational display for their patrons.   

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Latino Americans Living and Working in St. Louis - An Oral Histories Project

The Missouri Humanities Council and the Saint Louis Public Library, in collaboration with its St. Louis cultural partners will work to identify Latino American interviewees, employing the services of bilingual translators where necessary, and record their personal story.

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New Programming Added

With nearly 20 events across the state, the Missouri Latinos Initiative already offers a robust view of the deep and abiding Latino heritage in Missouri.  Thanks to the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis and Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, we're adding more to the lineup.  

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Missouri Humanities Council Announces Latino Americans Grant Award

The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) today announced it has been awarded a national grant as part of a joint initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).  Rooted in Latino-heritage, the grant seeks to showcase the 6-part landmark PBS documentary Latino Americans: 500 Years of History and encourage community engagement and scholarly discussion surrounding issues facing Latinos past and present. 

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