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Latino Americans: 500 Years of History


 Past events:  

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As part of a series of events on the history of Latino Americans, the SCF Libraries hosted two scholar-led viewing and discussion events that featured the documentary film "Latino Americans," supported by an NEH grant and created for PBS by the WETA public television station.

The second series of events consisted of oral history interviews with local families and SCF students who have immigration stories. We invited immigrant families from our Sarasota and Manatee communities to be part of these conversations!  Read more about it on this page and sign in to participate! We are still taking applications.

On March 18th, 2016, we hosted a Night of Storytelling (a "Noche de Cuentos") for families, with storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar. Check out our photos and more information here.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), is a nationwide public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country's largest minority group.


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First Film+Discussion: September 17, 2015

Schedule of events

All events are FREE and OPEN to the public!

September 17, 2015 - 7:00pm

Bldg.8 - Room 229

SCF Library



September 24, 2015 - 7:00pm

Bldg.8 Room 229

SCF Library



"Latino Americans: The New Latinos"

Screening and discussion

with UCF Scholar Dr. Harry Coverston



"Latino Americans: Peril and Promise"

Screening and discussion

with UCF Scholar 

Dr. Harry Coverston


Events completed: ​See pictures above!

January/February 2016

Time slots available starting on

January 27, 2016

Oral Histories:  "Tell me OUR story"

Recordings of family conversations

Sign-up here!

March 18, 2016

"Noche de Cuentos / A Night of Stories"

Storytelling Night

Featuring: Carrie Sue Ayvar




The goals of the "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History" program at SCF are:

* to engage the Latino American communities in Manatee-Sarasota in learning and discussing experiences related to their histories;

* to encourage Manatee-Sarasota Latino Americans and other immigrants to document and preserve their family histories, and to share their culture with the new generations; and

* to bring awareness to the entire community of the diverse cultures that coexist in our Manatee-Sarasota general population and foster understanding among them.

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