March 28, 2024 6:00 pm - March 28, 2024 7:30 pm

Uncover the Hidden Stories of Route 66

Join the Abuelas Project and Latinos in Heritage Conservation on a groundbreaking road trip! We’ll delve into the forgotten narratives of Latinx communities along legendary Route 66, celebrating the places that hold cultural significance and revealing the contributions of nuestras abuelas, our grandmothers. Why Route 66? This iconic highway witnessed the journeys of countless Latinx families, shaping their experiences and fostering vibrant communities. Yet, their stories often remain hidden.

Sehila Mota Casper the inaugural executive director for Latinos in Heritage Conservation, where she works to ensure that the preservation field is inclusive, equitable, and rooted in community. She previously worked as a senior field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the City of Austin, where she championed a just preservation movement. Over the past decade, she has organized national Latinx preservation conferences, led efforts to save National Treasure campaigns, such as the LULAC Council 60 Clubhouse and Rio Vista Farm, the first U.S. Bracero Reception and Processing Center. Sehila was a 2013 Texas Historical Commission Preservation Scholar and the recipient of the 2014 National Trust for Historic Preservation Mildred Colodny Diversity scholarship. Sehila is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University Department of Visual Arts and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design.