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An Evening of Collective Art-making with Chicano Artist Mario Torero

(The following is a post by Catalina Gómez, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Division.) On Friday, May 3, 2019, together with the Prints & Photographs Division, we had the pleasure of hosting, here in the Hispanic Reading Room, a stimulating collective art session with Mario Torero, one of California’s most important muralists and activists from the Chicano […]

Tequila, Tarahumara, and Turkeys: Recent Research Topics in the Handbook of Latin American Studies

 (The following is a post by Tracy North, Reference Librarian and Social Sciences Editor, Handbook of Latin American Studies, Hispanic Division.) In the blog post to announce the publication of Volume 71 of the “Handbook of Latin American Studies” (HLAS), we drew attention to a study of pisco, the popular South American brandy. In Volume […]

Searching for My Family

(The following is a guest post by poet Rachelle Linda Escamilla, July 11, 2018, Library of Congress, Hispanic Division.) My grandfather, Alejo Hernandez, told me about his multiple crossings into the United States over a bowl of menudo and corn tortillas; the first time he crossed was through the Bracero Program, but in later crossings he […]

Archive of Hispanic Literature launches new online recordings

(The following is a post by Catalina Gómez, reference librarian in the Hispanic Division.) Among the various ways that the Library celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) is by launching, during this special commemoration, new digital material on the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT). For the past three years, […]

Trivia, Bookmarks, and Websites, Oh My!

 (The following is a post by Tracy North, reference librarian and co-editor, HLAS, Hispanic Division.) Which Latin American country grows over 4,000 kinds of potatoes? How many countries are in South America? Who wrote Don Quixote?* At the 2018 National Book Festival, the Hispanic Division’s table, at the Library of Congress’ pavilion, hosted a trivia […]

Batting 1000: The Influence of Latinos and Latin Americans in MLB

(The following is a post by Marcos Castillo, Junior Fellow, Hispanic Division, Summer 2018.) The opening of the new “Baseball Americana” exhibit here at the Library of Congress, prompted me to think about the origins of our national pastime. The exhibit highlights the history of baseball in the Library’s collections. Baseball is not only a national […]