The Conner Museum is looking for old photo of Hispanic families. The search starts Oct. 15 when people can take the photos to the museum.
The collection will form part of the museum’s next exhibit – “Mi Familia, Mi Comunidad (My Family, My Community).
The museum has joined forces with The South Texas Archives here at Texas A&M Kingsville have joined forces to obtain all types of pictures, portraits, oral stories, and artifacts that reflect the Hispanic culture in our community.
This project has the main purpose of collecting as much information possible toward the history of Hispanic influence here in the United States.
Out of other projects that have been done for the Hispanic heritage before, this project is the biggest of all, varying from family, history of the community, and any other topics that reflect Hispanic traditions, organizers said.
The “Mi Familia, Mi Comunidad” project consists of three phases. The first part took place on Sept. 16, where host Carmen Lomas Garza, recognized international artist from Kingsville and a Javelina graduate, talked about the importance of family and heritage as a promotional teaser for this upcoming event.
The second part of this project is the event that will take place on Oct.15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Members of the community are allowed to bring a maximum of five pictures which will be scanned and digitized.
Each individual will receive a digital copy of their pictures or oral history recordings in a usb, and another set of digital copies will be sent to the South Texas Archives. These artifacts will be preserved and used by genealogists for future researches. After the collection of the artifacts, the third and final phase will be an exhibit at the Conner museum in the Spring of 2017.
The artwork will feature all the digitized pictures and recordings gathered on Oct.15. The event will be free of charge to anyone who wishes to attend.
“This is just a way to help us draw greater attention to the Hispanic-American community here and better document its history” said Museum Director Jonathan Plant.
“We are very excited about it and we are hoping we get good community participation.”