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About the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant

This grant is part of a national initiative that will explore the many and varied experiences of the Latino communities that have helped shape the United States, and who have become this country's largest minority group.


A wide variety of programs are already taking place in some of the 200+ grantee institutions. In addition to screenings and discussions of the PBS documentary "Latino Americans", there have been oral history collections, cultural fairs, roundtable discussions, storytelling sessions, as well as talks by scholars in the discipline.


The events carried out by the Drake Memorial Library will occur during the Spring 2016 semester. Please join us as we examine the roles, cultures and impact on our society contributed by the various Latino-Americans that continues to help shape the culture of this country.

PBS Series Latino Americans: 500 Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation

Latino Americans: 500 Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation is a landmark, six-hour documentary featuring interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and more than 500 years of history.  This documentary is the cornerstone of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant.

It is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the past 500 years.

You may view full episodes or clips from the series at the PBS Latino Americans website.


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Pam O'Sullivan
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Reviews of the PBS series Latino Americans: 500 Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation

“Producing a series on a topic as vast as the Latino experience in

the United States can be daunting, yet Bosch’s style of weaving

historical facts with very palpable, vulnerable elements of the

human condition makes this film accessible and more important,

memorable.” —Joe Cardona, The Miami Herald,

August 30, 2013


“Latino Americans’…[is] a good and important start to setting

the record of history straight.” —David Wiegand,

San Francisco Chronicle, September, 2013


“The notes of triumph become louder and more frequent as PBS’

ambitious six-hour series on America’s fastest-growing minority

moves towards its conclusion. The most ambitious TV

production yet on the diverse group of people known in

shorthand as Latinos also makes it clear that virtually every

triumph was paid for in sweat, toil, tears and, too often, blood.”

David Hinckley, New York Daily News, September 13, 2013

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2016 1:27 AM


All events are free and open to the public.

Grant Sponsors

The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.




SUNY Brockport Campus Supporters

We gratefully thank the following organizations for their support

Association of Latino American Students

Opening Doors Diversity Project

History Forum

Adult Lifelong Learners Organization

Rotaract Club of SUNY Brockport

Caribbean Student Association