Nuestra Communidad: Our Community

For Hispanic Heritage Month 2022, CALS Butler Center recorded nine oral history interviews with Arkansas community members that are either part of the Latinx and Hispanic communities in Arkansas or work closely in Latinx and Hispanic community development in the state.

Watch their interviews here:

Recommendations for capturing interviews

Hispanic Genealogy Resource Recommendations

Hispanic Genealogy Organizations in the United States

State Libraries and State Archives in Former Spanish or Mexican Territories

College or University Collections with Latin American Collections

Land Grant Information


Hispanic Heritage Programming @ Roberts


Capturing Your Hispanic Heritage

Heather Zbinden, programs and website coordinator, and Danielle Afsordeh, community outreach archivist, will give an overview of the Roberts Library Memory Lab, personal archiving programming, and oral history toolkits, as well as genealogy resources available through CALS. Afsordeh will also share some tips on conducting oral history interviews with family members who have immigrated to the United States from Mexico and Latin America.

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“Navigating El Nuevo South: The Geographies of Inclusion, Exclusion, and Safety for Hispanic Young Adults”

Speaker: Maria Escobar

Grounded in her own experience growing up as the child of Mexican immigrants in northwest Arkansas, Escobar examines how Hispanic and Latinx young adults in a “new immigrant destination” and “second-generation sundown towns” seek belonging and safety in public spaces and institutional settings that sometimes exclude them.

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