Loudoun County, VA (Nov. 4, 2015) – Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a series of programs at the Loudoun County Public Library, will explore the rich and varied history and experiences of Latino Americans in the United States. The series, which begins in November and continues in 2016, is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. LCPL is the only Virginia public library among the 203 grant recipients selected from across the country.
Musical Storytime with World View of Park View High School Sterling Library: Tuesday, Nov. 3 and Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Directed by Miroslav Lončar, World View will play Latin American music. For all ages.
Meet the Author: Robert Sanabria, Middleburg Library: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Sanabria is a first-generation Latino American, a 29-year resident of Loudoun County, a retired U.S. Army Officer and an artist. His book, Stewing in the Melting Pot: The Memoir of a Real American, is the story of his struggle to live between two cultures and to be accepted by mainstream America.
Live Music: Mariachi Los Amigos, Sterling Library: Saturday, Nov. 7, 3 p.m. Los Amigos share their passion for the lively sound of mariachi music. This music originated with ranchers and farmers in west Mexico in the 19th century and inspires celebration at special occasions. For all ages.
Documentary film and discussion series with history professor James Baer
Cascades Library: Wednesday, Nov. 4, Wednesday, Dec. 2, and Wednesday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m. The PBS documentary, Latino Americans, is the first major series to chronicle Latino history in the United States. The six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” was 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 present day.
In this series of three programs, Baer, professor of history at Northern Virginia Community College, will show episodes from the PBS series and lead discussions. Programs include:
- Empire of Dreams (1880–1942): Fleeing chaos and violence, many Cubans and Puerto Ricans move to the United States. Mexicans, who stream into the U.S. to escape a revolution, are welcomed as laborers, but not as citizens.
- The New Latinos (1946–1965): New waves of immigration bring Cubans to Miami, and Dominicans and Puerto Ricans to New York. Individuals, like actress Rita Moreno, tell their stories.
- Peril and Promise (1980–2000): Central Americans escaping violence and civil war face immigration issues: education, bilingualism and employment.