LATINO AMERICANS: 500 YEARS OF HISTORY
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).
As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, CAHC will receive a cash grant of $10,000 to hold public programming - such as public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects or performances - about Latino history and culture.
Peralta Hacienda will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film 'Latino Americans,' 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.
Peralta Hacienda will partner with StoryCorps and Radio KALW, the Oakland Heritage Alliance, the Street Level Health Collective, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the African American Museum and Library of Oakland to host and publicize the Latino Americans programs. All programs will be free and open to the public. A full schedule of events will be available in August.
'Latino Americans are the country's largest minority group, with more than 50 million people, and still many people are unaware of their rich and varied history and culture,' said Holly Alonso, executive director of Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park. 'I'm thrilled that Peralta Hacienda has this opportunity to explore this topic in our community.'
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has offered the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park a Challenge Grant to build the Historic Core of the Park. This area, now vacant, is the Park's most historically significant area.
The Historic Core proposed project includes outdoor interpretative features regarding the history of the site. Built elements will include outdoor displays, a flexible shade structure, an archaeological deposit viewing station, a community picnic table, and adobe oven and grill. In addition, an enclosure with seating will be created and the Historic Core area will be paved. (continue...)