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Library receives grant for exhibit exploring city's Hispanic population

princess oreliaThe New Jersey Historical Commission has approved a project grant in support of a new Atlantic City Free Public Library exhibit that will debut at the Atlantic City Historical Museum in October.

The library will receive an $8,915 grant in support of “The Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica.” The exhibit will explore the recent history of Atlantic City's Hispanic population. The exhibit will be on display at the museum from September through the end of the year.

As part of the project, the library has already started interviewing local residents from various Hispanic countries. These oral history interviews explore the residents' backgrounds, immigration stories and experiences here in Atlantic City. Some of the recent interviewees have included Atlantic City Electric's Manager of Government and Public Affairs Bert Lopez, Youth in Motion founder Martha Marin, Atlantic City Police Department officer Ivan Lopez and Stockton University’s Center for Community Engagement Executive Director Dr. Merydawilda Colon.

The library invites the public to share their stories and more for the exhibit. Photographs showing Atlantic City's Hispanic celebrations (such as parades, festivals, weddings, quinceanos), sports, Hispanic-owned businesses, and more are needed. Also needed are costumes and flags and other traditional items from Latino countries.

Also, in conjunction with this exhibit, the library is also planning a Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Atlantic City Historical Museum and Garden Pier. The event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10. Please visit www.acfpl.org in coming weeks for details about the celebration.

Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3062, for more information.