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Texas A & M University, Kingsville (Kingsville, TX 78363-8202)
Jonathan Alan Plant (Project Director: June 2015 to September 2017)

Common Heritage
Preservation and Access

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$11,935 (approved)
$11,733 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 6/30/2017

Mi Familia - Mi Comunidad

The creation of a collection of family records, photographs, and oral histories specifically related to the Hispanic community of Kingsville, Texas. The seat of rural Kleberg County, Kingsville is home to 25,000 residents, 80 percent of whom are Hispanic. Building on Texas A&M Kingsville’s successful Mi Familia – Mi Comunidad initiative, this project would help community members better understand the value of preserving family history. Hosted at the John E. Conner Museum in partnership with South Texas Archive, Texas A&M staff archivists and students would assist participants during the day-long collection event. Public programming would be held during Hispanic Heritage Month and would include a scholar-led discussion and musical performances by mariachis. Collected resources would be made available online and an exhibition would be developed for display at the Conner museum throughout spring 2017. The exhibition launch event would feature a historian who would discuss contributions by Hispanic and Latino residents in the broader context of South Texas history.

The goal of the project is to create a digital collection of the Hispanic Community’s materials.  The history of this community is not currently preserved or adequately exhibited.  Public programming will encourage Hispanic-American families in the Kingsville community to preserve their own stories, family histories, and items of family interest.  Individuals who participate will have a better understanding of the significance of their own family heritage and take an enhanced interest in researching, documenting, and preserving it for future generations.