Shadow boxes jut out from the walls, each
portraying another family, other lives,
affected by the Mexican Revolution of
1910. Large scrims hanging from the
ceiling show haunting black and white images of
family members. And playing in the background are
videos of men and women sharing the harrowing
and emotional stories of their families’ escape from
war and the new lives they were forced to build in a
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures’ exhibit,
"Leaving Home, Finding Home: Texan Families
Remember the Mexican Revolution," began in
November to mark the 100th anniversary of the
revolution. It tells the story of eight families who
relocated to Texas and the impact that had on
Graduate students from the Department of History
helped collect and edit the interviews for the exhibit.
Lupita Barrera, director of education and
interpretation for the institute, said having
students work on the exhibit gave it additional
energy and depth.
"I think it’s very thought-provoking, and that’s
what we wanted it to be," she said. "We wanted it to
get in every person’s mind."
Rosa Canales Perez, whose family is featured in
the exhibit, said it was an emotional experience.
"The larger-than-life size of the scrims brings my
family back to life and gives them their due after
what they went through," Perez said. "It brought
tears to my eyes. It was a beautiful tribute to all
these families, especially those of us who are simple
people, poor people. To end up somewhere like that
is very special."
- Lety Laurel