Latin Americans United for Progress
Nuestra Comunidad Hispana
$25,000 • Holland
This collaboration started as an initiative to share the stories of Hispanic Americans who came to Holland and have settled in the community. The stories were collected prior to National Hispanic Heritage Month when the community celebrated its rich Hispanic heritage. Community stories (oral histories) were collected at the Herrick District Library with audio recordings made using linear PCM recorders (following Library of Congress best practice guidelines for recording spoken word for archival preservation.) Participants were photographed and had the opportunity to share their story. Interviews were conducted in Spanish and English, depending on which language participants’ felt more comfortable using to share their experiences. The community portraits, interviews, transcriptions and translations are permanently archived in the Genealogy Department at the Herrick District Library (HDL) in Holland.