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Mexican American Traditions in Nebraska Project


The Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Mexican American Commission have collaborated on a two-year project, "Mexican American Traditions in Nebraska." This project was designed to document traditional arts and culture within Nebraska's Mexican communities. Volunteers from these communities in Grand Island, Lincoln, Omaha, and Scottsbluff conducted interviews with traditional artists, musicians, and other culture bearers.

Three major products resulted from this project. An exhibit, entitled Un Tesoro De Nebraska (A Nebraska Treasure): Discovering Our Mexican Legacy toured several sites in the state and is now permanently housed at the Mexican-American Historical Society in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The publication Nuestros Tesoros (Our Treasures) was produced and distributed to school libraries and cultural organizations around the state. Finally, the interviews and photographs gathered as part of this project are archived in the Society's Library/Archives and are available for study by other researchers.

The project was supported by a grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Community Folklife Program, administered by The Fund for Folk Culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and underwritten by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, New York, New York. Major project funding was also provided by the Nebraska Humanities Council, the Nebraska Arts Council, and by generous private donations.

For more information about this project call 402-471-6642 or 402-471-4784.

Nuestros Tesoros (Our Treasures) (HTML version)

Nuestros Tesoros (Our Treasures) (3.8 MB PDF file).

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