BRADENTON -- State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota is searching for local families to share their stories as part of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History project.
On Jan. 27, SCF libraries begin recording a series of interviews with local Latino families sharing immigration stories. Families from Manatee and Sarasota are invited and encouraged to record stories to share with the community. The compilation of the oral history series will be preserved in the libraries' digital repository for viewing and is open to the public. The project is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.
SCF was one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country to hold public programming such as film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects and performances about Latino history and culture.
The SCF libraries have many Latino-focused resources, including Informe Académico, a database of Spanish language periodicals, and "The Latino American Experience" (an ABC-Clio database) among others, as well as a vast collection of books and eBooks about Latino Americans and Latino issues. Members of the community with a public library card are able to access the book collections.
To schedule an oral history recording or for details and a schedule of events, visit scf.edu/latinoamericans or contact Alicia Long at 941-752-5404.