Award-winning author, Tim Hernandez, will present the story behind his research for his latest book, Both Sides of the River: Finding Woody Guthrie’s Deportees, about a popular American song written by Woody Guthrie titled, Deportees (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos). Through Colorado Humanities’ Latino Heritage Live touring program, El Paso, TX-based Hernandez will present four free programs open to the public in Colorado:
Front Range Community College, Boulder County Campus
2121 Miller Drive, Longmont
Community Room #C1480
Monday, September 28, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Aims Community College Cornerstone Building
5401 West 20th Street, Greeley
Tuesday, September 29, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Pikes Peak Community College Centennial Campus Theatre
5675 South Academy Boulevard
Wednesday, September 30, 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Arapahoe Community College Waring Theatre
5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
Thursday, October 1, 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
On January 28, 1948, twenty-eight Mexican citizens were being deported from Oakland California to the Mexico border when the government-chartered plane crashed and killed everyone aboard, including the crew and immigration officer. At the time, popular media only mentioned the names of the American crew, and omitted the names of the Mexican passengers. Guthrie’s song was an attempt to restore the dignity of those passengers, who were eventually buried in an unmarked mass grave in Fresno, California.
Hernandez spent years locating and interviewing the family members of the passengers, including the pilots, immigration guard, and Mexican citizens, as well as eyewitnesses. His lively and thought-provoking presentation sheds light on the incident, and puts names and faces to the human lives directly affected by the historical omission. This Colorado Humanities program also includes guest musicians and a Q & A with the author.
About Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book
Colorado Humanities supports high-quality literary, cultural and historical programs throughout Colorado in an effort to bring the humanities to life. The mission of Colorado Humanities is to inspire the people of Colorado to explore ideas and to appreciate their diverse cultural heritage. Colorado Humanities’ programs, including Motheread/Fatheread Colorado, Writers in the Schools, Black History Live and High Plains Chautauqua, encourage people to read, listen and learn in cultural activities and to participate in civic dialogue. Colorado Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information please visit coloradohumanities.org.