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Finding A Way: Developing the Center for Mexican American Studies at UH

The impetus for the Mexican American Studies Program at the University of Houston came from the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO), a student group that began pressuring the University to establish Mexican American Studies in 1970. In the spring of 1971, a committee of faculty and MAYO representatives developed a proposal and the program became […]

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Center of Dreams: Talento Bilingüe de Houston

“The mission of Talento Bilingüe de Houston is to educate all by preserving, presenting and promoting Latino culture. Founded in 1977 as a small troupe known as “Teatro Bilingüe de Houston” (Bilingual Theater of Houston), this non-profit organization has evolved into a Latino Cultural Arts Center that offers a year-round series of performing arts and […]

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Tatcho Mindiola, Jr.: A Visionary at the University of Houston

Sometimes life takes on an unexpected journey. Tatcho Mindiola, Jr., director of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) and associate professor of sociology at the University of Houston, started out studying to be a businessman. Fortunately for the many students whose lives he has impacted, his own life took a different turn.

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St. Vincent's Cemetary is the final resting place for many of the SEcond Ward's early prominent residents. Photo by Thomas McWhorter.

From Das Zweiter to El Segundo, A Brief History of Houston’s Second Ward

Second Ward was home to the extremely wealthy and extremely poor, bartenders and brewers, renters and ranchers, priests and politicos. The residents lived in a variety of situations ranging from traditional neighborhoods to suburban ranches. The area boasted one of Houston’s first churches, several early park and recreational areas, and the city’s first suburb.

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