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Historical Society aims to preserve Hispanic stories

People hold Cuban, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan flags in Miami. The US. Latino population has grown significantly in the last decade.
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People hold Cuban, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan flags in Miami.

If you’re Hispanic and live in North Florida, you have a chance to tell your family’s story to the Jacksonville Historical Society.  

They’re asking folks to record a narrative at the society as part of the Voces De Hispanos oral history project.

Dr. Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi , with the Florida Humanities Council, says she started the project last year with 40 voices, but wants more, to better represent the local population.

“I only have maybe about five or six different ethnic groups from Argentina, Cuba, Columbia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Paraguay, and of course you know there are so many more Latin countries,” she said.

Recordings start next week and all the stories will be permanently stored at the Jacksonville Historical Society’s archives for the public and researchers.

Michelle Corum joined WJCT as "Morning Edition" host in 2012 and has worked in public broadcasting as an announcer and reporter for public radio stations in Lawrence, Kansas, and Interlochen, Michigan. She also manages WJCT's Radio Reading Service for sight-impaired listeners.