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Post Date:01/17/2018 3:50 PM

A new year-long exhibit will open on Saturday, January 27, in the Chula Vista Heritage Museum’s space located in the Civic Center Branch Library at 365 F Street. Fronterizos:  A History of the Spanish-Speaking People of the South Bay, San Diego replaces the exhibit on Rohr Corporation that opened last January.

Prior to the opening of the new exhibit, the Friends of the Chula Vista Library will hold their annual meeting with a presentation by local historian Barbara Zaragoza. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 2 p.m.

Focusing on the cultural heritage of the majority of residents in this region, the South Bay will be seen within the larger context of Mexican-American history. Included in the exhibit will be the Portola Expedition, the land grants to the first families, the great immigration during the Mexican Revolution, the Otay Valley farmers and labor strikes, jockeys and card dealers during Prohibition days, service member contributions, and the Chicano Movement of the 1970s and 1980s.

The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public during regular library hours. Funding is provided by the Chula Vista Heritage Museum, a Chapter of the Friends of the Chula Vista Library; a Community Enhancement Program Grant via County Supervisor Greg Cox; and a City of Chula Vista Performing and Visual Arts Grant.

A reception will follow the opening featuring San Diego-based musical group, Los californios from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The group plays and sings secular music of California from the days when the state was part of Spain and then Mexico.

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