Mi Familia-Mi Comunidad project concludes with exhibit

John E. Conner Museum - 04/04/17 - 05/25/17

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

Rosales Family

The third and final phase of the Mi Familia-Mi Comunidad project will open to the public Tuesday, April 11, at the John E. Conner Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The exhibit will continue through Thursday, May 25. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.

The Mi Familia-Mi Comunidad exhibit consists of 150 photographic images relating to the Hispanic people of South Texas and their culture. The images were collected during the second phase of the project, during which time area residents brought in their own family photos and heirlooms. Representatives from the Conner Museum and their project partner, the South Texas Archives, made digital copies and took oral histories from the participants.

All of the exhibit images were divided into six categories including family photos, social and leisure, business, weddings, education and military service. Mi Familia-Mi Comunidad provides a photographic documentary of daily life in South Texas and of the rich Hispanic culture.

Mi Familia-Mi Comunidad is sponsored by a Common Heritage grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage Program.

 “Through Mi Familia-Mi Comunidad, we hope to encourage further documentation and preservation of family histories, heritage and culture in our Hispanic community,” said Jonathan Plant, director of both the Conner Museum and the project. “We hope this project will inspire all families in South Texas to recognize the value and importance of preserving their own stories and family histories.”

The museum is located at 905 W. Santa Gertrudis Ave. Museum hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the museum is free, however, donations are accepted. For more information about Mi Familia-Mi Comunidad call 361-593-2849 or 361-593-2599.