Tell Us Your Story

Your story matters | Su historia es importante

RILA's Nuestras Raíces Community Pláticas brings together individuals in the Latino community of Rhode Island to make history by contributing their stories, photos and family documents to our Latino History Collection.

Amor en La Epoca de la Pandemia | Love in the Time of the Pandemic

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Tell us …

  • Tell us about an unexpected experience you’ve had since the pandemic reached Rhode Island or our homes. Share your thoughts and feelings with us as a reminder that we’re all in this together.
  • As an immigrant, tell us how you are feeling right now, or if this connects with anything you may have lived through in your home country i,e. seclusion, fear, hope. If you were born here, is there something you remember a relative talking about, an experience they lived through that is similar to what we are going through today?
  • Tell us about someone you missed seeing today because you are quarantined at home, and tell us why.
  • Let’s hypothetically say the pandemic is suddenly over and quarantine is lifted tomorrow, tell us the first thing you are going to do if that were to happen, when this is all over.
  • What do you hope to remember a year from now, thinking back to today?

You may write your response below, on our Facebook or Twitter pages, or send by E-Mail:

Stay safe and be well!

Leer en español

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), we will be hosting bilingual community pláticas around the state — virtually or in person. Our Bilingual staff welcomes any stories from Latinos who wish to contribute to our Latino archives. We are also looking for stories from residents who live in neighborhoods significant to the history of Latinos.

How you can contribute

Scroll down and share a brief story and be sure to tell us how we can get back in touch with you.

You can write to Marta V. Martínez RILA's Executive Director and oral historian, if you have a story to share.

You can also fill out a short form, give us an idea what kind of story you'd like to share and we will follow up.

Our objective is to add to our Archives, a collection of stories of Rhode Island's Latino Pioneers that display the rich and blooming history of Latin Americans living in Rhode Island. History is made every day, so by participating you can become part of the unfolding Latino story of Rhode Island.

We will also be posting requests for stories that where we want to capture the human impact of what may seem like a news event. For example, the recent tragic fire at the Paramount Cards mill complex in Pawtucket, RI (see small photo below) has prompted us to seek stories from individuals who worked there, who had family members who worked there, residents in the neighborhood, or visitors to the complex.

Leer en Español

Nuestras Raíces Pláticas reúne a personas de la comunidad latina de Rhode Island para poder incluir sus historias, fotos y documentos familiares a nuestra Colección de Historia Latina.

Gracias a una subvención del
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), estaremos organizando pláticas comunitarias bilingües en todo el estado, virtualmente o en persona. Nuestro personal bilingüe busca cualquier historia de latinos que deseen contribuir a nuestros archivos latinos. También estamos buscando historias de residentes que viven en vecindarios importantes para la historia de los latinos.

También publicaremos solicitudes de historias que nos parezcan interesantes. Por ejemplo, el reciente incendio trágico en el edificio de fábricas
Paramount Cards en Pawtucket, Rhode Island (ver foto) , nos ha llevado a grabar historias de personas que trabajaron allí, que tenían familiares que trabajaban allí, residentes en el vecindario o visitantes al edificio.
¿Cómo puede Usted contribuir?
Ver hacia abajo y comparta una breve historia, y después, póngase en contacto con nosotros para saber cómo nos podemos comunicar con usted. Puede contactarnos por correo electrónico. Escriba Marta V. Martínez, Directora Ejecutiva de RILA e historiadora oral, si tiene una historia para compartir.

Nuestro objetivo es agregar a nuestros archivos, una colección de historias de los pioneros latinos de Rhode Island que muestren la rica y floreciente historia de los latinoamericanos que viven en Rhode Island. La historia se hace todos los días, por lo que al participar puede formar parte de la historia latina en desarrollo de Rhode Island.
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Ashley Soto

Hugo Figueroa

Ceci Cano

Marcel Mascaró

Carolina Briones

José Mendoza

Funds for this project have been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Herman H. Rose Civic, Cultural and Media Access Fund @ the Rhode Island Foundation.
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