The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is coordinating an oral history project to capture the stories of Lafayette’s Latino families.
The oral history project is called “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History,” and people are encouraged to drop by Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. at the Lafayette Public Library, 301 W. Congress St., to learn more or to record their experiences.
Kathleen Schott Espinoza, a UL-Lafayette geography professor, is coordinating the project. The stories will be individually recorded by UL-Lafayette students and archived in the university’s Center for Louisiana Studies.
“Participants are invited to share their thoughts about what it’s like to be a Latino immigrant in Lafayette and what it means to be a part of local Latino culture, as well as some of the highlights and challenges of living here,” organizers said in a news release.
Children’s activities and refreshments will be provided during the recording sessions.
The project is sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Lafayette Public Library System and the university’s Edith Garland Dupré Library.