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Q.February is Black History Month. What are some examples of racism in historic educational literature? Also, why do we have Black History Month? A. Black History Month in the United States is a time of remembrance and celebration honoring the contributions and history of African Americans throughout the United States. It is particularly important because so much African American history has been diminished, obscured, ignored and outright dismissed by historians and, unfortunately, the public school system. As a collector of late 19thand early-20th century juvenile history and geography textbooks, I see this firsthand.* Many of the books in my collection often only mention African Americans in terms of their skin color and “characteristics” of their race. School books at this time focused on “levels of civilization.” People were “classified” in a pseudo-scientific way as “red, black, yellow and white.” For example, In the book titled, “The Elementary Geography Book” published as part of the Indiana Educational Series from the Indiana School Book Co., 1889, the levels of “civilization” and “Races of Men” are discussed in detail (p.20). Public schools throughout the country used this book to teach children not only geography, but overt racism. At one point the book blatantly says, “The white race is called the Caucasian. It is the ruling race of the world.” (p.20) The writing exercise in this chapter of the book asked the children to:

Furly Birds Unfurled

The Furly Birds by San Marcos artist Furly Travis are currently featured on Downtown SMTX banners throughout The Square.
Photos by Celeste Cook

Furly Birds Unfurled

A potential collaboration: A Furly Bird and the San Marcos mermaid.
Painting by Furly Travis

Furly Birds Unfurled

Furly with his Furly Bird Banner.
Photo submitted by Furly Travis

Furly Birds Unfurled

Local painter gets banner treatment downtown

New downtown art exhibit to feature works surrounding addiction and recovery

Art subbmitted by the San Marcos Art League

New downtown art exhibit to feature works surrounding addiction and recovery

The San Marcos Art League kicks off 2023 with a brand-new exhibit in collaboration with the Cenikor Foundation’s Project AIM that will feature works surrounding the topics of substance use, addiction and recovery. The exhibit will be showing at the San Marcos Art Center on The Square from Feb. 2-28. The exhibition’s opening reception will take place on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 5-7 p.m.

What you can do to help local wildlife

The Animal Welfare Institute notes that the following are some things that ordinary citizens can do to help local wildlife.
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What you can do to help local wildlife

As the world’s population has increased, so, too, has the need to accommodate such growth. Areas that were wild as recently as 100 years ago may have long since been overrun by housing and urban development, leaving little space for local wildlife to call home.

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Happy Year of the Rabbit, 2023.
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SAN MARCOS PUBLIC LIBRARY
625 E. HOPKINS ST.
512-393-8200

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Q.What is the Lunar New Year? Is it the same as Chinese New Year? A. Yes, Lunar New Year is the same as Chinese New Year. It is also referred to as the Spring Festival, bringing hope for a good harvest in the year to come. In 2023, Lunar New Year is Jan. 22.

Mind Windows

Roberto Rios painting “Flight” mural for the Airmen Heritage Museum at Lackland Air Force Base, 1978.
Photos submitted by the San Marcos Art League

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Roberto Rios in his garage painting “Marfa Sector” mural for U.S. Border Patrol Marfa Station, 1977.

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‘The Art of Roberto Rios’ on display in various galleries

SMAL receives $10,000 NEA grant for citywide art exhibit

“Awake and Alert,” 1985 (acrylic on canvas) is one of the works of art by Roberto Rios that will be on display in San Marcos during 2023.
Photo submitted by The Price Center

SMAL receives $10,000 NEA grant for citywide art exhibit

The San Marcos Art League recently announced it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a Challenge America award of $10,000. This grant will support a city-wide exhibition of the art of Roberto Rios. This grant is one of 262 Challenge America awards totaling $2.62 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of fiscal year 2023 grants.

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