Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

Exploring the rich and varied history of Latinos in the United States

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

Exploring the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos

Latino Americans 500 Years of History logoVHC was one of 203 national recipients of grants to conduct public programming — public film screenings, discussion groups, local history exhibitions, and public talks — about Latino history and culture as part of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.

The Latino Americans funding enabled VHC to conduct twenty-five public programs in four Vermont communities, in partnership with that town’s public library: Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, Brownell Library in Essex Junction, Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier, and Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury.

Latino American Reading and Discussion Series

Our two new reading series on the Latino American experience relate to the landmark PBS documentary series Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, which screened in four locations around Vermont in 2015 and 2016.

In addition, the Council partnered with the Vermont Folklife Center to display its exhibit “The Golden Cage,” about migrant Mexican dairy workers in Vermont in Brattleboro and Essex Junction, and screened Under the Cloak of Darkness, a related documentary about Vermont’s migrant Mexican farmhands.