The Hispanic Heritage Festival will be held at the Kenosha Public Museum on Saturday afternoon | Local News

The Kenosha Public Museum, in conjunction with Bradford High School, will host a Hispanic Heritage Festival Saturday afternoon at the museum, located at 5500 1st Ave.

“This is our first year working with the Kenosha Public Museum,” said Lee Belanger-Gonzales, chair of the World Languages ​​Department and AP Spanish teacher at Bradford High School. “So this is the second year overall, but the first year with the museum.”

The event, which will be held from noon to 3 p.m., will include games and crafts from various Hispanic cultures with the Latino Empowerment Club of Bradford, vocal music from Grupo Tidente of Bradford, flamenco dance tutorials and opportunities to learn about Hispanic countries, Hispanic changemakers, and what Hispanic really means.

“There are information signs that will define what it means to be Hispanic,” Belanger-Gonzales said. “And talk about the Hispanic involvement in the Civil War, because a lot of people aren’t aware of the heavy involvement of Mexican Americans in our Civil War.”

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Mi Gente from Carthage College, Latinos Unidos from Indian Trail High School and Latinos Unidos from UW-Parkside will be present with additional activities.

“The biggest thing that I look forward to and what we hope to achieve is for the Kenosha community to interact with Hispanic people, and kind of get to know them and build that level of comfort within the cultures. ,” says Belanger-Gonzales.

Cultural dishes will also be offered, such as bighead tacos, tamales and other selections.

“As our Hispanic heritage students interact with the larger community, they connect with them and the community that connects with these Hispanic students,” Belanger-Gonzales said. “And obviously we’ve had some issues here in Kenosha, so it can’t be a bad thing when people are starting to appreciate the cultural differences and interact in a friendly way.”

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