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Florida Gulf Coast University
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Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1065
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FGCU Invites Public to Attend Latino Heritage Museum Oct. 19, 20
10/14/2005

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University invites the public to attend the Latino Heritage Museum, a traveling multimedia presentation with more than 100 artifacts celebrating the accomplishments of Hispanics and Latinos, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 19 and 20 in the Student Union ballroom beginning with an opening reception 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The Latino Heritage Museum is a tribute to Latino and Hispanic scientists, inventors and pioneers in fields such as science, aerospace, communications, medicine, business, sports, politics, the arts and entertainment.

Hispanic or Latino inventors are credited with engineering the first submarine, helicopter, the atomic bomb, the adjustable wrench, a reversible motor, an optical analysis system and a system for color televisions, according to the Latino Heritage Museum.

The Museum is an accumulation of the most significant Hispanic memorabilia collectibles, rare items, photographs, personal letters and autographs of Latino pioneers from around the world, and features motivational placards and video documentaries.

"This history is very important, not to just glorify people or facts but to motivate young people and to inspire them," exhibit curator Jaime Ince said. "It's to let them know they can do anything they put their mind to if they have the will and persistence to make it happen."

The New York City-based museum was founded 10 years ago in western Massachusetts and has been touring nationally for seven years. Appearing at various venues throughout North America, locales include cultural expositions, professional conventions and educational conferences. Learning institutions and community organizations are among the most significant places showcased.

Major contributions and assistance to the Museum comes from organizations such as the Women's National Basketball Association, New York Black & Puerto Rican Caucasus, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, local and national politicians, National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, United States Patent Trademark Office and the families of the inventors and pioneers.

The mission of the Museum is to develop racial pride, promote racial understanding and provide a new motivation of learning.

The traveling exhibit is sponsored by the FGCU Department of Multicultural Student Development Services in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

For more information, contact assistant director for Student Affairs Shelly Neal at (239) 590-7991 or sneal@fgcu.edu.


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