State College of Florida Libraries receive grant to feature “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History”

(Bradenton, Fla., July 7, 2015) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Libraries have been selected to receive a competitive grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) to highlight “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.”

SCF Libraries is one of 203 grant recipients chosen from across the United States. As such, SCF Libraries will receive a cash grant of $3,000 to hold public programming — such as film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, or performances — about Latino history and culture.

The Library also will receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to the present. (Learn more about the series at

Planned programs at SCF will include screenings of episodes from the “Latino Americans” film followed by scholar-led discussions, recordings of oral histories to be housed in a digital collection, and a night of storytelling for families, all open to SCF students, faculty, staff and members of the community.

The two screenings of “Latino Americans” will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 and 24 in the Library, Building 8, at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W.

“Latino Americans are the country’s largest minority group, with more than 50 million people, and still many people are unaware of their rich and varied history and culture,” said Dr. Tracy Elliott, SCF Libraries Director. “I’m thrilled that the SCF Libraries has this opportunity to explore this topic in our community.”

For a schedule of events, visit or contact Alicia Long at 941-752-5404.

The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

 About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

About State College of Florida

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, est. 1957, is the region’s first and largest public college with more than 44,000 graduates. With a core commitment to open access and quality education at the two-year level, SCF’s expanded mission also includes workforce baccalaureate degrees and a collegiate school. SCF’s annual enrollment is 27,000 credit students with an additional 14,000 participants in professional development and enrichment classes at campuses in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Venice and online.

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