La Casita’s Cultural Memory Archive to Go Live

La Casita Librarian & Archivist, Dragana Drobnjak
La Casita Librarian & Archivist, Dragana Drobnjak

La Casita’s digital collection of well over 1000 community-sourced stories, photos and videos, has been awarded an Access and Digitization Grant that will enable the archive to be accessible and searchable online in 2021. The project in partnership with Syracuse University Libraries and the Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC), aims to make the content of La Casita’s digital archive accessible through the New York Heritage Digital Collection and SU Libraries. Phase 1 of the project to be completed this year, will include 200 videos.

“This project coincides with the commemoration of La Casita’s 10th anniversary next fall and we are super excited to make this archive available to scholars, artists and researchers on a much wider scale,” said Tere Paniagua, executive director of the Office of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community at Syracuse University.

The New York Heritage Digital Collection is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone interested in learning more about the peoples, places, and institutions of New York State. “We look forward to adding new content to the archive at least once a year,” expressed La Casita’s librarian and archivist, Dragana Drobnjak. “Our aim is to make our entire collection accessible and make sure that the Latinx communities and cultures of Central NY are well represented in these important collections for the first time.”

Abuelitas/Little Grandmas Now Available in Print

Copies of "Abuelitas" (Little Grandmas) Children book now in printLa Casita presents its 4th bilingual edition now also in print. This bilingual edition was written and illustrated by the children the Dual Language Reading Circles after-school program at La Casita Cultural Center in Syracuse, NY. It was released on September 18, 2020 as part of the Abuelas exhibition program commemorating the start of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month and features our authors memories of special times with their Abuelas (Grandmothers).

CONGRATULATIONS to our young authors!
Ailanees León (7th grade, Liverpool School District), Aliana Russell Anamaría (9th grade, Charter Schools of Syracuse NY), Karla Anamaría (5th grade, Liverpool School District), Kiana Anamaría (7th grade, Liverpool School District), Lalazia Daniels (6th grade, Syracuse City School District), Talivo Salley (3rd grade, Syracuse City School District), and Naibella Morris-Rodríguez (Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Syracuse NY)

A huge THANK YOU to our partners who collaborated in this publication project:

SU professor Emma Ticio and her students of Spanish 439/639: Language in Action, who assisted in the writing workshops with the children as well as the editing of the Spanish translation and graphic composition.

Our Coeditors: Christian Andino Borrero, Margot Clark and Dragana Drobnjak.

Our student volunteers in the writing workshops: Paul Alfonso Soto, Andrea Moreno Nogueda, Madison Snyder, César Iván Suárez, Pariz Malik, Grace Del Pino, and Julia Del Pino

To order a copy of the book for $10 please email La Casita : All proceeds go to support our Dual Language Literacy Program.

Support comes from the Humanities Center at Syracuse University and the 2020 Syracuse Symposium on Futures.