Florida Memory Folk Life
collection contains an audio cassette
tape which is a sampler tape of the survey, and was deposited in
libraries near Mexican American communities. The Mexican American Music
was created to document the musical traditions of Florida’s
various Mexican-American communities: Apopka, South
Immokalee, the St. Johns
and Central Florida.
Funded by a grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest
Program, the survey was conducted between 1994 and 1996 by folklorist
Stone. Among the musical traditions were serenatas, conjunto,
ritual music, ranchera Michoacana, mariachi, norteno, Tejano, and pop
the end of the projct, ea sampler music tape was created by the Florida
Folklife Program for distribution to various libraries. (You
can also go to www.floridamemory.com/Collections/folklife.)
"In Search of a National Identity"
This site is a long essay with links that highlight some of
the most important historical events, beginning in the 1800s, that
contributed to the definition of Puerto Rico's historical and cultural
identity. It is part of the American Memory, a digital collection from
the Library of Congress. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/puertorico/bras.html
Bruner Middle School, Ft. Walton
Bch. FL, celebrates Hispanic culture.
An article in the
Northwest Florida Daily News, written by Kelli Hernandez, is posted on
the school's website. View the entire article at
began last year as a day of sampling Hispanic food in the Bruner Middle
School Spanish class, has evolved into the school's first Hispanic
Heritage Month Cultural Fair. Students gathered in the
library Tuesday for day two of the celebration eager to see Panamanian
dancers share a colorful part of their culture. Monday and Tuesday
consisted of a number of programs including guest speakers from Puerto
Rico and Panama, and performances by a famous Columbian singer and a
group of professional Fred Astaire dancers.
"We wanted to
important points that the children and the community would be
interested in," Spanish teacher and coordinator of the fair, Lorraine
Perry-Jimenez, said. "The students' favorite part so far has been the
dancers." . . .Along with each project, the library displayed
artifacts gathered by parents and teachers from Panama, Columbia,
Puerto Rico, Spain and Mexico. Perry-Jimenez said that the projects
took three weeks to complete and every student from her Spanish classes
participated. The fair will continue to grow and will be a
of Hispanic Heritage Month at Bruner for years to come, according to
Heritage Month contest winners.
An article entitled,
Hispanic Heritage Month Contest Winners" and other reports
viewed on MyFlorida.com.
Dated October 14, 2008, it releases the names
of three outstanding Hispanic educators are being honored with
Excellence in Education Award for their contributions to education in
Florida. Each will receive an award check for $1,500. The winners are
Mrs. Barbara Jarrett,
Valrico Elementary School, Valrico
Veras, Crystal Lake Community Middle School, Pompano Beach
Mucino, Wellington Community High School, Wellington
entitled, "Handbook of Hispanic Cultures in the United States"
the Essay Contest
The essay contest is open to all
in kindergarten through 12th grades. One winner will be selected from
each of the three grade-level categories, elementary (grades K-5),
middle (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). Winners will receive
a full four-year tuition scholarship to a Florida college or university
of their choice, provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.
Essays should answer the question: “In what ways does the
foundation of Florida’s Hispanic legacy help to build the
of Florida’s innovation economy?”
Entries must be mailed to Executive
Office of the
Governor: Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, 400 S. Monroe Street,
Suite LL-10, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, postmarked by Wednesday,
October 1, 2008.
- Each student may enter
only one essay, no longer than 500 words and typed or handwritten in
print, rather than cursive writing.
- Essays must include
the student’s name, home address, telephone number, school
student attends, grade level and essay title.
must be accompanied by a parental waiver form, which can be found at
- Nomination forms must
be mailed to Executive Office of the Governor: Excellence in Education
Award Committee, 400 S. Monroe Street, LL-10, Tallahassee, Florida
32399, and postmarked by midnight of Wednesday, October 1,
- Forms can be found at
www.FloridaHispanicHeritage.com. Nominations may be submitted
a principal, teacher, parent or student.
Written by Francisco Lomelí,
Kanellos, Alfredo Jiménez, Claudio Esteva Fabregat; Contributor Francisco
Lomelí, Nicolás Kanellos, Claudio Esteva Fabregat. Published by Arte
Publico Press, 1994. ISBN
1558850740, 9781558850743 (For more information, google by book title)
Block Museum Educational Services. Baker, FL