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Crossroads of Commerce, Culture, and Community

Liberal Memorial Library received an $8,000 Kansas Humanities Grant to record the immigration stories of immigrants to Southwest Kansas. The Grant titled “Crossroads of Commerce, Culture, and Community” will record and preserve the stories of 40 individuals and/or families who immigrated to Southwest Kansas from a foreign country.

The grant dollars from the Kansas Humanities Council allowed the library to record the interviews with both video and audio equipment and disseminate the information obtained during the interviews through our website and DVD recordings. Preserving the stories of immigrants to Southwest Kansas is important for many reasons, and if we do not begin to record them soon, the stories will be lost as families move on or individuals pass away.

Date of Birth
Place of Birth
G BDurango, Mexico
Hugo Cano3/18/1971Chihuahua, Mexico
Laura Cano1/30/1973Chihuahua, Mexico
Alvaro Cruz2/25/1967Nicaragua
Silvio Cruz8/2/1969Nicaragua
Carlos De Leon7/13/1946Guatemala
Leslie De Leon1/25/1969Guatemala
Rafael Diaz9/30/1962Cuba
Fidencia Lambert11/16/1968Paraguay
Jose Flores12/10/1952Zacatecas, Mexico
Enrique Franz6/29/1976Nicaragua
Miguel Giner4/10/1963Chihuahua, Mexico
Esmeralda Gomez11/28/1966Zacatecas, Mexico
Maria Ibañez4/14/1948Chihuahua, Mexico
Fernanda Lujan5/30/1977Durango, Mexico
Oscar Palacios4/24/1960Chihuahua, Mexico
Raul Pena10/28/1955Chihuahua, Mexico
Sara Peters7/17/1967Chihuahua, Mexico
Arturo and Dora PonceChihuahua, Mexico
Beulah Rocha8/23/1963Nicaragua
Erica Rosales5/2/1984Zacatecas, Mexico
Manuela Rosales3/13/1966Zacatecas, Mexico
Maria Salazar3/6/1965Zacatecas, Mexico
Willie Vargas7/21/1957Chihuahua, Mexico
Amil YasinMalaysia


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