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Visiting nurse with Mexican children, 1922
Visiting nurse with Mexican children, 1922. Courtesy Nebraska State Historical Society

Nuestros Tesoros: A Celebration of Nebraska Mexican Heritage

Translated as Our Treasures: a Celebration of Nebraska's Mexican Heritage, this soft-cover book is the culmination of a project led by the Nebraska State Historical Society called Mexican American Traditions in Nebraska. The project's goal was to explore and document the traditional arts, beliefs, and histories of Mexican Americans of Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, and Scottsbluff. Volunteers were trained to interview traditional artists, musicians, and older community residents about their traditions and history, some of which is captured in the book. Other products of the Society's project were a traveling photographic exhibit in 1997 on display in each of the named communities as well as many more other places in the state, and a five-part radio broadcast of the interviews entitled "The Best of Both Worlds," which aired on Nebraska Public Radio in winter 1996-1997.

Originally submitted by: J. Robert Kerrey, Senator.

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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