EAST CHICAGO | The community is invited to join the East Chicago Public Library on Thursday, September 19 for a free program highlighting East Chicago’s Mexican heritage. Held in conjunction with the library’s observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, the program is set for 5 p.m. at the Main Library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive.
The event will feature a power point presentation of Quinceañeras past and present, and folkloric dancing by Ballet Folklorico Yolotzin. Also scheduled to appear are the Union Benefica Mexicana’s newly elected Fiestas Patrias Queen and her court. Refreshments will be served. This family event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.
Guests are also invited to tour the current exhibit in the Main Library’s Templeton Gallery, titled “Quinceañera,- A Celebration of Latina Womanhood.” The display features photographs by Tom Hocker. In his collection of photographs Mr. Hocker captures the traditions of Hispanic girls’ Quinceañera, (15th birthday). In addition members of the community and local businesses have loaned Quinceañera gowns, accessories and other artifacts for the display. “ The East Chicago Public Library has a long history of showcasing the area’s exciting and diverse ethnic heritage. This event is very important and close to the heart in Mexican culture because it is a celebration of the evolution of a young girl into a young lady, it is an honor to families and it is, most importantly, a celebration of life.” Library Interim Director Mr. Charles Moore said. This exhibit will be showcased through September 30 and can be viewed during regular library hours. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
For more information please contact Cheryl Smith at (219) 397-2453, ext. 11.