Launch: Nuestra Comunidad Hispana (Holland, Michigan)
"Nuestra Comunidad Hispana" is a bilingual project celebrating Holland, Michigan's Hispanic communities by collecting stories from individuals and families. Launched in August 2015 at a collection event held Sunday, August 23, the project team collected oral histories and portraits through October. Sample boards from the exhibition were shared with attendees at LAUP's annual dinner, November 6, 2015. The full exhibition will be displayed at a reception to honor participants on December 7, 2015 at Herrick District Library. All materials collected as part of this effort can be accessed in the Genealogy Department at Herrick District Library, where they will be permanently archived for use by community members, researchers, and educators.
This project is a collaboration among the City of Holland, Latin Americans United for Progress (LAUP), Herrick District Library, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, GVSU's Meijer Campus in Holland, and GVSU's Kutsche Office of Local History in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.