In honor of Veterans Day, beginning October 16th at the Lawrence W. Tyree Library, Santa Fe College will present “Images of Valor: U.S. Latinos and Latinas in World War II,” an exhibition created by the School of Journalism and Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Through images and stories, this twelve-panel exhibition provides a historical overview of U.S. Latino participation in World War II. In addition to photographs from the project's archives, “Images of Valor” incorporates contemporary photographs of men and women of the WWII generation by photojournalist Valentino Mauricio. The exhibition focuses on individual stories that reveal larger themes such as citizenship and civil rights and features excerpts from the more than 500 oral history interviews that were part of the project.
The exhibit is made possible by the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant received by Santa Fe College. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History supports the American public’s 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. Full grant information is available at www.sfcollege.edu/latino.
The exhibition is located on the first floor of the L.W. Tyree Library and will be open to the public from October 16, 2015 to November 25, 2015. Viewing and self-guided tours are available during open library hours.