The Friends of the History Center will open its new exhibit “Hispanic Heritage in Aransas County” at 10 a.m. Saturday Jan. 11. The speaker for the opening is Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales. She will talk about her ancestors and their efforts to establish justice for Hispanics in the region.

The morning will be a festive occasion with food, drink and entertainment.

The exhibit runs through April 19.

It will illustrate early Spanish history, a timeline of 500 years in the region, the story of early ranching, settlement by the Canary Islanders and their descendants, military recognition (including development of the G.I. Forum), and the stories of many local families.

Programs will be held at 2 p.m. every other Sunday after the Jan. 11 opening, beginning Jan. 26.

The programs are:

• Jan. 26 – Ranching/Land granting

• Feb. 9 - Canary Islander Association

Feb. 23 - Local family

March 8 - Hispanic contributions to military

Mar. 22 - Local family

April 5 - Hispanic cultural arts

April 19 - Local family

The History Center for Aransas County (801 E. Cedar St.) is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Everyone is invited to join the Friends of the History Center or become a docent on a volunteer basis.

To learn more, visit www.hcfriends.net or call (361) 727-9214.

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