Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Conner Museum staff seeks local photos of World War II for exhibit

KINGSVILLE - June 18, 2014

Contact: Julie Navejar
jule.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

The staff at the John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville wants the community to look through their old family photos in search of pictures that can accompany the fall exhibit Images of Valor: U.S. Latinos and Latinas in World War II.

Jonathan Plant, museum director, said they would like to localize the exhibit by including photographs donated by local Hispanic families of themselves or their relatives from the World War II era. “Images of Valor provides a historical overview of Latino participation in World War II. We would like to be able to show the South Texas perspective by showcasing Hispanic servicemen and women,” he said.

Those who have photos may bring them to the Conner Museum, where staff will scan them and return the originals to the owner. For those unable to bring the photos to Kingsville, digital photos may be emailed. The photos should be scanned at a dpi of at least 300 to provide a good reproduction. The photos should be emailed to connermuseum@tamuk.edu. Along with the photos, contributors will be asked to provide the veteran’s name, rank, unit of service and dates of service if they are known. Single portraits are preferred over group photos.

Photos should be contributed by Friday, Aug. 15, so they may be used in the exhibit, which opens Monday, Sept. 1 and continues through Friday, Oct. 10. The opening reception for Images of Valor will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16. Mariachi Del Rey from H.M. King High School and the honor guard from Naval Air Station Kingsville will participate in opening the display.

“Hispanic Americans have participated in every conflict to safeguard this country’s freedom since at least the Civil War,” Plant said. “This is one small way to honor their sacrifices.”

Images of Valor was created by the School of Journalism and Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Conner Museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, call 361-593-2810.


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