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Houston Eats: Latino Cuisine & Culture

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Students from Dr. Esparza's Mexican American History class at Houston Community College conducted oral histories of Latino and Latina-owned restaurants in Houston for permanent housing at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, part of the Special Collections Division of the Houston Public Library. The goal of this project was to develop a brief but detailed exploration of some aspect of the Houston’s Latino history and culture. Moreover the purpose of this project was to develop students' critical reading, writing, and investigative skills through the use of primary sources.

African American History in Houston through Historical Documents

Students from Dr. Esparza's Texas History class at Texas Southern University conducted research at the African American Library at the Gregory School, a division of the Houston Public Library Special Collections, culminating in a digital exhibit showcasing African American history in Texas. Each student was assigned to a specific archival collection at the Gregory School and then chose an item from that collection that was representative of Houston’s history then wrote a brief essay on that item. The purpose of this assignment was to give students hands-on experience working in an archive and a familiarity with primary resources. Students were given credit online for all published work completed.