A Historical Thumbnail View of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Movement
The exhibit doors open at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at Inspiration Studios, 1500 S. 73rd St.
Inspiration Studios in West Allis will host a one-day-only exhibit on Thursday, July 20, from 4:00 to 9:00pm, which chronicles a history of the Nationalist Movement in Puerto Rico. This rare collection, curated and hosted by educator/historian Luis López, is called A Historical Thumbnail View of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Movement. It will be available for viewing only on July 20.
According to López, curator of this collection, “This exhibit is rather unique. The pieces come from different collectors. When put together, they create a rare opportunity to see them together in one exhibit. This particular exhibit is a must see because it will familiarize the viewers with names and events of people with a particular ideal and mission.”
Puerto Rico native, Luis López, moved to Wisconsin to complete his college education in Liberal Arts, Music, Education and Administrative Leadership. He has been a passionate educator in the Milwaukee Public Schools for 18 years and is an avid musician, focusing on music of Puerto Rico.
López strives to educate audiences on some of the history and culture, and certainly the struggles of Puerto Rico. He adds, “I am inspired by the simple notion that I am learning about the story of the country where I was born and raised. I place no judgement on the events, but rather look at historical facts as an explanation of the present. I have the opportunity to teach US History in schools, and now see that I could have learned more about Puerto Rico’s story. When I reflect on my years as a student in PR, I come to realize that I am missing a lot of information about the story of my island. This is part of my desire to quench my thirst of knowledge of my history, my ancestry.com, if you will.”
Along with López’s explanation of the many documents on display, this one-day exhibit offers a self-guided tour of the documents and a revolving media presentation. Refreshments will be served.
López’s passion for this exhibit is evident as he explains, “The documents and artifacts are a validation of the past and present… and link them together. This is an excellent opportunity for people, young and old, to learn about the unwritten stories and facts not found in the history books. They are so cool to look at and admire!”
The exhibit doors open at 4:00pm on Thursday, July 20, at Inspiration Studios, 1500 S. 73rd Street, and will close at 9:00pm. Admission is $15. Tickets may be purchased online at https://puertoricanhistoryexhibit.eventbrite.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
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