HN receives grant for “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History”

Humanities Nebraska is the recipient of a competitive “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association.

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, HN received a cash grant of $10,000 to hold public programming about Latino history and culture.

KusiTakiSquareAs part of this project, Humanities Nebraska received the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month in September, HN will officially announce a series of programs to be held in six communities recognizing the important contributions of Latinos in Nebraska.

“Latino Americans are the country’s and state’s largest minority group, and still many Nebraskans are unaware of their rich and varied history and culture,” said Chris Sommerich, HN Executive Director. “We are thrilled to be working with the public libraries in Scottsbluff, Grand Island, Schuyler, and South  Sioux City and the Dawson County History Museum in Lexington, El Museo Latino in Omaha, and the Multicultural Center of Grand Island to provide this opportunity to explore this topic in our state.”

Events will include a screening and discussion of an  episode of “Latino Americans” in each community, and other special activities.

Watch for details on our website. If you would like more information, please contact Mary Yager, associate director, at or 402.474.2131.



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