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Exhibit features Oklahoma's Latino history



Fascinating Latino stories of Oklahoma from the 1800s to present day are told through a new interactive exhibit that features interviews, artifacts, documents, photographs, film and music.

Two themes intertwine to explain the significance, impact and contribution of Latinos in "Tierra de Mi Familia." The exhibit opens Friday and is on display until March 1, 2010, at the Oklahoma History Center, 2401 N. Laird.

According to the center's Web site, "Tierra de Mi Familia" explores "both the impact of Latinos on the state of Oklahoma and the impact of the state of Oklahoma on the lives of Latinos."

The first portion of the exhibit describes the historical immigration of Latinos to Oklahoma. The second theme emphasizes and showcases "cultural folkways that Oklahoma's Latino people have brought with them from Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America," organizers wrote on the site.

"Oklahoma is home to cultures from all over the world. Our differences make us a unique blend of people that call Oklahoma their home. This exhibit provides a place to tell these immigration stories, a place to share and begin to understand and learn about the diversity of our state of Oklahoma," organizers wrote.

Museum admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. For more information, call 522-5248. "Natalie Burkey

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