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Published August 24 2012

Latino leaders project reception Sept. 16

MOORHEAD – A reception in honor of the completion of two multi-year oral history projects on Latino leaders of the Red River Valley will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Hjemkomst Center.

The Minnesota Latino Community Oral History Project was a state-wide oral history initiative by the Minnesota State Historical Society and the Chicano Latino Affairs Council. The project helped chronicle the history, successes, challenges and contributions of the growing Latino community of Minnesota.

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County collaborated with MHS to commission Abner Arauza, a retired administrator of the Multicultural Affairs Office of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Dr. Yolanda Arauza, an assistant professor at MSUM, to conduct and transcribe interviews of the Latino community of the Red River Valley.

After completing the first oral history project, the HCSCC received funding for the Arauzas to continue their research but narrowed their focus to the development of migrant services in the region. Abner Arauza conducted 10 oral histories that serve as a primary resource archiving the voices of the founders or of those who witnessed the founding of the agencies that serve migrants still to this day.

Both collections of oral histories are available to the public at the HCSCC’s archives.

For more information, call (218) 299-5511 or visit www.hcscconline.org.