Sea Mar Health
This is an artist’s rendition of Sea Mar Community Health Centers’ concept of a museum of Chicano/Latino Culture in Washington State.
As of Friday, February 16, 2018
SEATTLE A Latino communities-serving health organization with ties in the Yakima Valley is planning a museum of Chicano/Latino Culture.
The museum would be sited in the Seattle area, but the sponsoring organization is seeking participation from the Valley, which was, and may still be the center of that culture.
Sea Mar Community Health Centers is hosting a gathering on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish Center at 907 S. Sixth St. Sunnyside.
Sea Mar Community Health Centers is a non-profit specializing in health and social services to Latino communities across Washington state. It is planning the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/Latino Culture.
Sea Mar’s presentation on the 17th will include small photograph displays for members of the community to view. They will include Latino experiences and history, presenting stories of migration, civil rights, and family that individuals who live in the valley experienced.
“We recognize the role that heritage and culture play in the health and well-being of communities across the state,” Sea Mar chief Executive Office Rogelio Riojas said.
“Today, there is no such museum in the region that tells the stories of contributions Latino communities continue to make in areas like the Tri-Cities, the Yakima Valley, and Wenatchee Valley. The Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/Latino Culture will serve this purpose. It will be the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest.”
Members of the community are encouraged to bring to St. Joseph’s old photographs, diaries, or any other records including artifacts, household items, or work tools from the past of the Latino community to donate to the Sea Mar Museum.
“This will be your chance to contribute to sharing the history of Latino communities in Washington state,” Riojas said. “We invite you to become involved to solidify your family’s stories, experiences, and history living in the Pacific Northwest.”