As I write this, I am inside and warm. I’m looking outside at the sparkling, bright-white snow and wondering about what the New Year will bring to Schuyler. I’m wishing for prosperity for all, and for peace and happiness locally and worldwide.

I’m also planning for upcoming events that I hope will be successful and well received in the community.

Schuyler Public Library will join more than 200 grantees from around the country to host public events about Latino American history and culture. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and American Library Association (ALA), is a nationwide public programming initiative that supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and become, with more than 50 million people, the country's largest minority group.

On Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Colfax Theatre we will host a free screening of Episode 3, War and Peace (1942-1954), of the award-winning documentary film “Latino Americans,” followed by discussion with historian Dr. James Garza. Garza is associate professor of history and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also associate director for the Institute for Ethnic Studies and serves on the University of Nebraska Press Advisory Board. He teaches a variety of courses, including Latin American history, colonial Mexico, modern Mexico, Mexican-American history, ethnic studies, U.S.-Mexican borderlands history and the history of modern crime.

On Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Schuyler Public Library we will host Nebraska Humanities speaker Linda Garcia-Perez who will be presenting a program titled “Abuelita (Grandmother) Stories I Heard When I Was a Girl.” An experienced storyteller, Garcia-Perez draws on her experiences as a young girl in Omaha’s Mexican-American barrio. Her stories convey a universal message of humor, wonder and tradition. This presentation provides stories based on rites of passage.

Humanities Nebraska, which provides major funding for these programs, receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Nebraska Legislature, Nebraska Cultural endowment and private donations.

We are planning events, workshops and displays for the upcoming months. Please let us know if you have any ideas or requests.

We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

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