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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CITY MANAGER

NEWS DATE: JUNE 11, 2015

North Las Vegas Library District Receives $3,000 Grant for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History 

North Las Vegas, Nevada - The North Las Vegas Library District has been selected to receive a $3,000 programming grant for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History! The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has generously provided support for 203 libraries, museums, historical societies, cultural and community organizations and other nonprofits nationwide to participate in this program. The North Las Vegas Library District is the sole recipient within the state of Nevada.  The library district has committed partnerships with many community organizations in Southern Nevada, including a full partnership with Vegas PBS that has committed to provide on air spots promoting each event, print ads in SOURCE - their monthly program guide, online ads on their website, donor e-mails to encourage program attendance, and possible CEU credits for school district teachers interested in cultural diversity. Vegas PBS will also be holding a screening of an installment of the Latino Americans series, including a recorded studio audience discussion with one of our resident scholars.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative for libraries and other cultural organizations, will support 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. The impetus for the grant came from the 6 hour PBS documentary Latino Americans.

The goals of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History are:

  • to bring scholarship on Latino American histories and cultures to new audiences;
  • to engage people in examining and documenting the histories of Latino Americans in their communities; and
  • to foster understanding of local histories in regional, national, and international contexts.

Programs associated with the grant will begin in August, 2015 and run through June, 2016. Please visit the library's website, WWW.NLVLD.ORG, for upcoming program information.

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.