Library Receives Latino Americans’ History Grant

Southwest Florida, June 15, 2015— The Lee County Library System has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities <NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, Lee County Library System will receive a cash grant of $3,000 to hold public programs this fall. The programs will include public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, culinary instruction and local history exhibitions about Latino history and culture.

The Lee County Library System will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for Public Broadcasting Service in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at

“The 2013 Census shows that Latino Americans make up nearly 20% of the Lee County population. They have a rich and varied history and culture in our community that we should celebrate,” said Sheldon Kaye, Library System Director. “I’m happy that we will have the opportunity to highlight this topic in our community.”

The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative.