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Everglades National Park Invites Local Cuban Community to Take Part in Oral History Project
HOMESTEAD, Fla:Latino Conservation Week is taking place fromJuly 16-July 23, 2016and national parks all over the country are participating! Everglades National Park is conducting an oral history project called¡Comparte tu Historia!This project seeks to document and highlight the stories of Cuban migrants and their relationship to Everglades National Park and/or the Cuban Missile Crisis. Participants are encouraged to share their stories, photographs, and any other memorabilia that can be used to educate future generations about the park's history and its connection to Hispanic culture in south Florida. The event will take place onSaturday, July 16, 2016 from 1:00pm-4:00pmandSaturday, July 23rdfrom1:00pm-4:00pm, at Ernest Coe Visitor Center, 40001 S.R. 9336, Homestead, Florida. Interested parties should respond to Norma Hartell at 305-242-7807 or to Dyaami D'Orazio at 305-242-7862.
Everglades National Park is home to one of the Nike Missile bases operated by the United States Army during the height of the Cold War. The history of south Florida is intimately tied to this relic of Cold War history, the relationship between the United States and Cuba, the Cuban migration experience, and the establishment of the national park near this community.¡Comparte tu Historia!aims to highlight each of these aspects, archive the stories of participants through oral history, and use the material to educate the public and younger generations about south Florida's history.
The National Park Service's commitment to engaging and celebrating the diversity of our local community and the next generation through student internships has led to the development of the Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP). LHIP gives twenty-six undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work alongside a variety of professionals, work on site with cultural resources and interpretation, and expand the outreach of the National Park Service to Latino communities.