Latino Americans: 500 Years of History at Your Library

CaptureDid you know that prior to 1960, if your family was of Hispanic origins, you were not allowed to live in housing north of Pershing? Or that your grandfather might have been passed up for certain jobs due to his race? In Laramie County, 17.4 percent of the population is of Hispanic origin. (

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is a nationwide public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country’s largest minority group. It is based on the PBS film series.

We’re inviting you to celebrate this rich culture with the Laramie County Library and our local partners by attending programming spread throughout the 6 weeks of this initiative. From tamale-making workshops, to PBS documentaries and monitored discussions, we’ll have something for everyone Monday, April 25 – Monday, June 6, 2016.


Foreigners in Their Own Land / Extranjeros en su propia tierra: Thursday, May 12. 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.

Prejudice and Pride / Prejuicio y orgullo: Thursday, May 19. 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.


Dia de los Ninos: Saturday, April 30. 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Salsa & Tango with Manabi: Friday, May 6. 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Adults.

Exploring Hispanic Music : Thursday, May 12. 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

Tamale Maker Space (Please Sign Up): Monday, May 16. 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Bilingual Storytime: Saturday, May 21. 10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Ages 18 Months – 5 Years.

Latino Movies—Walkout : Saturday, May 21. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Adults & Teens.

An Afternoon of Juegos : Sunday, May 22. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Latino Americans: Our Community: Thursday, May 26. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Latino Americans: Hispanic Genealogy: Monday, June 6. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Adults.


Dia de los Ninos in Pine Bluffs: Wednesday, April 27. 10:00 a.m. All Ages. Pine Bluffs Historical High School.

Enjoy a performance by the Angelidas Unidas!


Construyendo Latinidad: The Hispanic Mexican Influence in Wyoming, 17th-21st Century. Monday, April 25 – Monday, June 6.

Objetos Culturales : Monday, April 25 – Monday, June 6.

Laramie County Library System is one of a select group of grantees around the country to host scholar-led viewing and discussion events that feature the documentary film Latino Americans, supported by an NEH grant and created for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) by the WETA public television station.