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Creating Mexican American Identities: Multiple Voices, Shared Dreams

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Mexican Immigration Exhibit Extended to November 18, 2011

The exhibit “Creating Mexican American Identities: Multiple Voices, Shared Dreams” has been extended until November 18 at the Aurora Historical Society gallery on the second floor of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 East Downer Place in Aurora.

Comprised of a traveling exhibit from the West Chicago City Museum and historic photos and text assembled by the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board, the exhibit features labels in both English and Spanish.

The exhibit traces Mexican immigration to the area back to the first wave of arrivals, who came in the 1910s and 1920s primarily to work for the railroad. The bulk of the early Mexican residents lived in railroad box cars converted to housing. Later, they moved into homes in the neighborhoods where they worked and raised their families. Their descendants still reside here, many having risen to prominence in the community.

Exhibit hours are noon-4:00pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Admission is free and free off-street parking is available across the street at the Downer/Stolp Parking Deck (have ticket stamped in gift shop). Teachers and scout leaders should call the Historical Society at 630-906-0650 to discuss group tours. More information is available at www.aurorahistory.net or www.facebook.com/aurorahistory.

The Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board will hold a benefit in the exhibit gallery on Friday, November 4 from 6:00-8:30pm, with live music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 (under 18 free) and proceeds will go to the board’s Scholarship Fund. More information about the reception is available from Dee Basile at 630-256-3370 or at www.AuroraHispanicHeritage.com.

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