So these beginning three weeks of August have been incredibly eventful and rewarding for many reasons. Fort Larned’s Centennial Event is called Picnic in the Park, and I believe this is a great opportunity for Hispanic Communities to come out and have a great first experience with Fort Larned. This event is going to have activities for kids, animal exhibits, … Read more
It’s done. The three panel exhibit on the school segregation of Topeka’s Mexican community is done. The exhibit follows a timeline beginning with a very basic overview of Mexican immigration into Kansas and concludes with the beginning of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. The opportunity to tell the stories of these children and a community that rose together … Read more
There’s a ranger on the site whose last name is Standingwater.
There was a small bird on the ground this quiet morning.
There was a life taken in Louisiana–
no wait Minnesota this week–
no wait last week last year last century.
These men were black.
Why does it seem like … Read more
I’m happy to tell you that in these past two weeks, I have grown very fondly of the National Park Service. Its cause for preservation, its diversity initiative, and the happiness it brings to different people are the reasons I want to be a Park Ranger in the future. My purpose here is to conduct Hispanic outreach, but … Read more
They left their country as people, they arrived as laborers.
I can hear my mother say, “Who’s gonna clean their homes? Who’s gonna work the fields? Los americanos don’t want to do that.”
In the process of drafting my final essay I have run into a disturbing theme about United States immigration that explains some of the history behind Latino … Read more
People don’t come to Kansas for the land—they come for the sky.
Kansas is flat. Very flat. Consequently you can see the end of storms approaching even when its pouring in Topeka. I was thinking about the expansive sky the other day when I was writing about the migration of Latinos to Topeka, because the living conditions were horrible and … Read more
Whoo, first three weeks of the internship have come and left. I believe I have immersed myself in the park staff, as I was part of several meetings where I had a leading part. The first meeting I was a part of was about Fort Larned’s National Park Service Centennial celebration. It is going to be called “Pinic in the … Read more
“What are you doing out here for?!” says every visitor that finds out I’m from San Diego, California. I tell that I got an awesome opportunity to work alongside the National Park Service that I couldn’t turn down, no matter where it was. Then I continue to tell them about my purpose of familiarizing the National Parks- specifically … Read more
This week, while reading the court transcript of the Mendez v. Westminster the importance of studying the segregation in Topeka became more apparent. The separate schooling of Mexican American students in Southern California started as an effort to teach English to parents that could not speak English; the idea was that the children would learn English at school and go … Read more
This week’s research demonstrated the development of a concept that quickly spread throughout education in America and Topeka. The movement to “Americanize” children and their families was an effort to cleanse immigrant communities of their non-American habits (although this affected other communities, for our purposes I chose to focus on the migrant Mexican community.) Americanization included teaching children and families … Read more