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Community History Workshop Series: Preserving Our Past

Presented in conjuction with The Center for Texas Studies at TCU, these workshops are aimed at increasing the historical awareness of the community.  The series is designed to make the public aware of the important, yet often overlooked historical resources around them, and how to preserve them for posterity. The goal of the workshops is to prove that "every person is a historian," and that they can, by their deeds and actions, preserve a small part of the cultural and historical fabric of this region.

September 12: Restaurantes, rumba y más: A Gringo's Guide to Latino Fort Worth
Presented by: Dr. Peter Szok, Texas Christian University 

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Fort Worth is more than cowboys and world-class museums. Join author and TCU professor Peter Szok for an introduction to the city’s rich immigrant heritage. Szok will discuss Hispanic history and culture, based on his 2014 book, Restaurantes, rumba y más: A Gringo's Guide to Latino Fort Worth. Szok will cover topics such as cuisine, nightlife, sports, musical events and celebrations.

Peter Szok is a graduate of Tulane University, where he received a PhD in modern Latin American history and specialized in ethnicity, nationalism, and popular culture. Dr. Szok is an associate professor of history at Texas Christian University, where he teaches classes on Afro-Latin American history, indigenous movements, and Central America.


October 3: Texas Film Round-Up: Fort Worth Edition
Presented by: Madeline Moya, Managing Director, Texas Archive of the Moving Image 

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Moya will share what Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is doing to collect Texas history and culture recorded on film and how you can digitize, preserve and protect your original films for generations to come. She will also talk one-on-one about your films, explain TAMI's free digitization program and screen additional historic footage.

Madeline Moya oversees the agency’s film catalog, collections development and website administration. She worked in records management for Travis County, in the film department of the Harry Ransom Center and spent a decade as a record store clerk.

Beginning October 2  through October 4, you can drop off films and videos at the Central Library during library hours for free digitization.


  • Films or videos must be Texas-related  (i.e. shot in Texas, shot by a Texan, or be about Texas)
  • The owner must be willing and able to donate a digital copy of the materials to the archive  (i.e. you are or you represent the copyright holder)
  • No more than 50 films and videos may be donated per household, only 10 of which may be videotapes. Email or call (512) 485-3073 for more information.
  • Accepted Film Formats: 16mm, 8mm, Super 8
  • Accepted Video Formats: VHS, VHS-C, Betacam SP, ¾”/U-Matic, 8mm/Hi8/Video8/Digital8 


The Center for Texas Studies at TCU is designed to celebrate all that makes Texas distinctive. It is housed in AddRan College of Liberal Arts, where various disciplines and programs can act in concert to foster and nurture the essence of Texas. History is, of course, central, but Texas literature, anthropology, ethnography, politics, religions, philosophy and design and textiles all represent elements that are a part of the incredible mosaic of Texas.

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Updated 3 September 2015

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