Tulare Historical Museum Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


The Tulare Historical Museum will host its 3rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on Saturday, September 24e from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include live music, folk dancers, raffles and prizes, outdoor food, museum and fire truck tours and community booths.

Live music will be performed by Rosalinda Verde Alexander at 2 p.m. Rosalinda was trained in classical singing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She founded the Visalia Opera Company in 2009 and now focuses on her company, Green Rose Productions. The organization is a multi-faceted creative arts production agency whose goal is to create arts events that strengthen the community.

Folk dancers from CCAT Fresno (Community Center for Arts and Technology) are scheduled to perform at 12:30 p.m. and Grupo Folklorico Perla from Mexico City will perform at 1 p.m. THM is also partnering with the Tulare Fire Department, which will have its fire truck on site for kids to explore.

Local organizations HACER (Hispanic Alliance for Culture, Education and Recognition), RADIO LAZER 100.5FM, CCAT Fresno, Omni Health and local artist Richard Arenas will also have fun outdoor booths. The raffle prizes will include two children’s bikes and a gift basket donated by Raising Cane’s of Tulare. Outdoor food will be provided by the local restaurant, Taco Riendo.

In addition to the festivities, the museum will offer an art exhibition, IDENTIDAD: Celebrating Hispanic Culture in the Arts, which will be on display at the Heritage Art Gallery from September 22 to October 29, with an opening reception on Thursday September 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. The group exhibition will feature artwork inspired by Hispanic culture and reflecting its unique life and energy.

The Tulare Historical Museum has also partnered with Arte Americas for the history exhibit, In Search of Joaquin: Mexican Bandits in Valley History of the 1850s. The exhibition will be on view from September 22 to November 5, in the museum’s Depot Gallery. The exhibit examines the Gold Rush period of the Valley’s history through the stories of Joaquín Murrieta, a symbol of the resistance of the Mexican American population and celebrated during the annual Cabalgata Horseback Ride each July on the west side of the valley.

This event was generously sponsored by JD Heiskell & Co. and is free and open to the public. For more information visit our website at www.tularehistoricalmuseum.org.

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Patrick F. Williams