Joe Bernal at age 17 in Salinas, California, on Sept. 1, 1945. Photo courtesy of U.S. Latino and Latina WWII Oral History Project

The Falls on the Colorado Museum in Marble Falls hosts an exhibit on “Images of Valor: U.S. Latinos and Latinas in World War II” from June 10 through July 20. 

The display is in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Mexican American Studies and Humanities Texas

“Our museum is honored to host this exhibit about the experience of Latinos and Latinas during World War II,” said museum Chair Amanda Seim in a media release. “The exhibit also helps us understand the bigger issues of citizenship and civil rights from that time.”

The 12-panel exhibition offers a compelling historical overview of U.S. Latino participation in World War II through images and stories drawn from over 500 interviews. In addition to archival photographs are contemporary images captured by photojournalist Valentino Mauricio.

“We’re happy to be able to collaborate with the University of Texas at Austin and Humanities Texas to bring this presentation to the community,” Seim continued. “The exhibit pulls excerpts from hundreds of interviews with people who served, so it gives us a really personal look into their lives.”

The Falls on the Colorado Museum is located at 2001 Broadway in Marble Falls in the Old Granite School building. It is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free. Visit fallsmuseum.org for exhibits, events, and more.

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