Davenport Schools and Libraries Capture Mexican-American History in the QC

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More than 80 students from Smart, Sudlow, Walcott, Williams, Wood, and Young Intermediate schools interviewed 26 Mexican-American senior citizens for this year’s Iowa Stories 2000 Project. After doing independent research on Mexican culture, followed-up with the interview, the students created an oral history project in the form of PowerPoint presentations, storyboards, and videos that will be housed in the Davenport Public Library Richardson-Sloane Special Collections center as primary research for future generations.
These projects will be on display at the Iowa Stories 2000 Reception, taking place on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Col Ballroom in downtown Davenport. The public is invited to attend this special free celebration. Traditional Mexican dancing and food will be provided. For more information, contact the Library’s Public Relations Department at 563-888-3371.
This is the third year for the Iowa Stories 2000 Project, which is a community initiative created by former Iowa First Lady, Christie Vilsack. The goals of the program are as follows: encourage reading and sharing of family stories; rebuild a sense of community in Iowa; focus on public and school libraries as community centers for lifelong learning; foster a working relationship for school and public librarians; and to encourage non-traditional partnerships between libraries and other community organizations.  Between 2004 and 2005, students interviewed African-American seniors; in 2005-2006, students interviewed seniors with a German heritage. This year’s community partners include: the Davenport Public Library, Davenport Community School District, Davenport Schools Museum, Hola America, LULAC, Quad City Mexican American Organization, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and Scott Community College. If you would like to view a project, contact the Library’s Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center at 563-326-7902.

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