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Mexican Hometown Associations Oral Histories

As individuals and families immigrated to Chicago, they wanted to establish infrastructure to support their neighbors in Mexico. To do so, they established hometown associations ("clubes de oriundos"), organizations that financed essential services in their communities of origin. The work of these organizations and the stories of the people invested in them are memorialized by the Mexican Hometown Association's Oral History Project. Launched in 2016, the project shares "firsthand accounts of the lives, activities, and achievements of this dynamic group of Chicagoans." The 23 interviews included in the project share stories of faith and family, community and culture, and education and vocation. Interviews were conducted and transcribed in Spanish, and each record includes a summary of the conversation in English. The project was led by professor and author Xochitl Bada (with assistance from Enrique Alvear), who wanted to preserve stories "as a resource for students and the general public seeking to understand the complicated stories of migrants to Chicago who came together to build organizations that have mobilized social reforms in both Chicago and Mexico." On the About This Project page readers can learn more about the scope of the project and find additional resources on Mexican hometown associations.
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Date of Scout Publication
June 12th, 2020
Date Of Record Creation
May 4th, 2020 at 2:52pm
Date Of Record Release
May 6th, 2020 at 7:43am
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