New Atlantic City Historical Museum exhibit highlights city's Hispanic community

Long shot 2The Atlantic City Historical Museum, presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, unveiled its exhibit, “The Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica,” at a grand opening celebration Saturday, Oct. 10, at Garden Pier. The event was held in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlántica exhibit, which will be on display through the end of the year, explores the recent history and culture of Atlantic City's Hispanic population. Many Hispanic celebrations that have taken place in the city – such as parades, festivals, weddings and quinceanos – are featured in the exhibit, along with businesses, entertainers, residents and examples of everyday life. This exhibit has been curated by members of the community. Those who wish to have their photographs included in the exhibit are invited to bring them to the Atlantic City Free Public Library or the Atlantic City Historical Museum for consideration.
As part of the project, the library conducted oral history interviews with local residents from various Hispanic countries to explore their backgrounds, immigration stories and experiences here in Atlantic City. Portions of the interviews are available for the public to hear.
The Atlantic City Free Public Library received a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. Consultants for this project have included Levi, Dr. Merydawilda Colon of the Stockton University Center for Community Engagement and oral historian Dr. Richlyn Goddard.
The Atlantic City Historical Museum showcases the culturally diverse, exciting history of Atlantic City in a nostalgic timeline. Visitors can enjoy exhibits of Mr. Peanut, sand sculptures, Miss America and casinos – along with vintage photographs and local artifacts. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please call (609) 345-2269, ext. 3062, for more information.