Since 2020, LHC has been developing the Abuelas Project, an online digital repository to inventory the cultural heritage and stories significant to Latinx communities. From the early days of colonization in the United States and Latin America, women have been responsible for passing down nuestra historia, or their families' history through oral storytelling. The Abuelas Project is a digital archive that pays tribute tomour grandmothers and matriarchs, who serve as record-keepers and cultural makers in Latinx communities.
The Abuelas Project recognizes this important role by providing a grassroots and community space for documenting and archiving stories about Latinx heritage throughout the country. This project will provide a digital archive and space to capture oral histories and stories about past generations, document significant histories, historical and cultural sites, and other cultural practices relevant to Latinx people's lives today.
The final product will be a story-driven, map-based online platform collectively created with Latinx stakeholders that functions as a grassroots historical registry nationwide for significant Latinx places. The Abuelas Project will create a digital database mapping the location of culturally significant sites in communities across the nation. The database will provide information on the sites' history, current use, location, architecture, contact information, the site’s condition, multi-media resources (recorded oral histories, music, videos), historical resources (old photographs, historic designations, documents), as well as community stories or experiences related to these sites. Additionally, the database will be a fully interactive and searchable archive for public use.
This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Fondren Preservation Services Fund for Texas
of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), The Mellon Foundation, and the Cultural and Community Resilience Grant on behalf of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).