Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, is a public programming initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Part of the project was to generate awareness, and preserve the history of Latino Americans in Fort Worth. To support this goal, the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission and faculty and students from Texas Christian University’s Civil Rights in Black and Brown project created the Latino Fort Worth website. The students interviewed 42 participants for the ¡Viva Mi Historia! and Mujeres Poderosas (Strong Women) portions of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History initiative in Fort Worth. Some of the participants donated materials to the Fort Worth Library Archives, and others allowed the library to digitize the items. These materials, along with existing archival collections of Latino Americans, form the Latino American Archives. The Latino American Archives document the stories of how individuals and organizations contributed to Latino American, and other, communities of Fort Worth.
This city-wide project was made possible by the following partners: Fort Worth Library Archives, City of Fort Worth Human Relations Commission, Texas Christian University/ ADDRAN College of Liberal Arts/ Civil Rights in Black and Brown, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Artes de la Rosa, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas Fort Worth Chapter, KERA, MANO, Fort Worth I. S. D., MANA of North Texas, LGBTQ Saves; and sponsors The Rios Group, JoAnn Jensen/New York Life Insurance Company, and Infórmate DFW.