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Cuentos de Nuestros Padres
Stories of Our Fathers
Our Mexican American Community

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Books By Edward Soza
Edward Soza researched and wrote four manuscripts that appear here as e-texts. They record the history of Mexican American settlers in this region and include: Affidavits of Contest

Vis-À -Vis Arizona Hispanic Homesteaders 1880-1908, Compiled and Edited General Land Office Correspondence; Hispanic Homesteaders in Arizona 1870 - 1908 Under The Homestead Act of May 20, 1862 And Other Public Land Acts; Mexican Homesteaders in the San Pedro River Valley and the The Homestead Act of 1862 1870-1908; and Arizona Pictorial Biography: Antonio Campa Soza 1845-1915.

La Cadena Que No Se Corta: The Unbroken Chain The Traditional Arts of Tucson's Mexican American Community

En Espanol
This World Wide Web exhibit has the same title as an exhibit shown at the University of Arizona Museum of Art from November 3, 1996, through January 13, 1997. Both highlight the visual art that is created by members of Tucson's Mexican American community as a part of normal, everyday life. The Web exhibit is organized around: el hogar, the home, el taller, the workshop, and la comunidad, the community.

The Descendants of José Ignacio Moraga: Commander of the Tucson Presidio
One of the first Web projects for Through Our Parents' Eyes, Micaela Morales, a fifth generation Tucsonan and descendant of José Ignacio Moraga, tells of the family history. According to the Moraga Historical Society, the Moragas came to the New World in 1604. This web site is a tour of her family history.


Don Antonio Zepeda: A Story of Four Generations
Tucsonan Nellie Bustillos tells the story of four generations of her family, beginning with her great, great grandfather Don Antonio Zepeda. The website features images from her family photograph collection.



E-Company Marines Remembered
Easy Company (E-Company), 13th Infantry Battalion, was the first Marine Corps Reserve unit from Tucson, Arizona, activated for the Korean conflict in July of 1950. "E-Company Remembered" is a tribute to the men who returned from the battlefields in an attempt to remember the great sacrifices they made. Their stories are an important part of Tucson's history and the surviving members continue to do good work in the community.

Looking into the westside: untold stories of the people 1900-1997
Eight youth historians from Tucson's Westside, gathered research and interviewed Westside residents to record what is sacred to this community. They tell the stories of "A" Mountain, their families, local art and artists, neighborhood names, their schools, racism, their streets, their economy, and describe their vision of future developments. Conducted under the direction of the Westside Coalition and the Tucson Pima Arts Council's ArtWORKS program.

Mexican Food In Tucson: An Essay by Dr. James S. Griffith
An essay, reprinted and revised with permission, from the Introduction to Suzanne Myal's book Tucson's Mexican Restaurants. Dr. Griffith writes: "Mexican food is wonderful, fascinating stuff. It is the product of the coming together of two very different culinary traditions: that of the Mediterranean and that of Native Mexico. This process started in the 1520s and continues to this day. "

Pentland-Salcido Family: A Sonoran Family History
In the latter part of the 19th century Walter Pentland, an amateur photographer and mining engineer, worked in Mexico. Pentland, the son of a Scotish dentist who moved his family to Prescott, Arizona, in the 1850's, worked at mines throughout Mexico during his career. Walter Pentland, Jr., Walter IV, and Delia Salcido Rodríguez have graciously shared family photographs chronicling mining work in Mexico during the early 20th century. Images from photographs of their family history, as well, portray a story similar to that of others in the State of Sonora and the U. S. Southwest.

Southern Arizona Folk Arts

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This web exhibit features the folk arts of this region. The text for was written by Dr. James S. Griffith and images culled from his extensive slide collections. Folk arts featured in this exhibit include Quilts, Easter Eggs (and Paper and Wood) from Europe, Cowboy and Western Art, Chicano Murals in Tucson, Low Riders, and Mexican-American Paperwork. In addition, you may read Dr. Griffith's essay "Mexican Food in Tucson."

Tucson's Ronstadt Family
The arrival of 14 year old Federico José María Ronstadt in Arizona marked the beginnings of an influence that would transform the definitions of craftsmanship, commerce, health care, music, and civic responsibility in a western frontier territory on the verge of statehood. This profound impact on Tucson's formation and growth from rural village to urban metropolis is richly documented in the Ronstadt Family Papers. A small portion of the manuscript, printed and photographic archive is now available to a worldwide audience. Join us in celebrating the heritage of our state and region.