Special screening of “200 Years of Texas Newspapers” documentary takes place Friday

A special half-hour screening of the documentary in the making, 200 Years of Texas Newspapers, will be shown to a limited Houston audience at the Museum of Printing History.

Oct. 18 (Friday)

6-8 p.m.

Museum of Printing History

1324 W. Clay, Houston, TX 77019

Contact: 713-522-4652

Free & open to the public

A panel discussion and reception with refreshments will follow the screening. Emmy-award winning producer Raymond Telles and two internationally renowned experts on Hispanic journalism and publishing history, Dr. Félix Gutiérrez of the University of Southern California and Dr. Nicolás Kanellos of the University of Houston, will discuss their more than two-year collaboration to produce this intriguing historical documentary. The panel and Q&A will be moderated by University of Houston professor and editor, Dr. Gabriela Baeza Ventura.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Hispanic newspapers helped to spread propaganda during revolutions, such as the one that brought about the first Texas Republic in 1813, and served as the bulwark for the Latino civil rights movement throughout the twentieth century. Much of the Chicano civil rights struggle in the 1960s was supported by community-based newspapers, including Houston’s own Papel Chicano. In Texas, Mexican-American newspapers also offered opportunities for women writers and editors in the early twentieth century. And today these newspapers still serve to bring news from home to immigrants.

The University of Houston’s Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage program has the world’s largest collection of U.S. Hispanic newspapers, which served as the major resource for the documentary. The Museum of Printing History has one of the largest collections of historic printing presses and other rare printed materials.

Event sponsors include Arte Público Press and the Houston Arts Alliance.

Announcement taken from the Museum of Printing History posting.