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Two-part interview with Esther Rocha about her life and experience in Kansas City's Westside neighborhood. She recalls migrant agricultural and railroad work as motivations for her parents' immigration to the United States, Westside businesses and events, and her family life growing up. She also discusses the history of the Westside prior to it becoming a majority Mexican neighborhood, attending an "open air" elementary school, Guadalupe Center serving as housing for Rockhurst students, limitations on education and housing opportunities for the Mexican community, and not having proof of American citizenship despite being born in Texas. In part two of the interview, Rocha discusses her work with Catholic Charities and Model Cities program, attending college at Penn Valley and Avila, and her plans to retire.

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Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library

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Interview with Dos Mundos newspaper founder Clara Reyes about her life and her experience with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. She recalls immigrating to the Kansas City area from Guadalajara, Mexico, to join family, her work in dentistry and real estate, being the niece of Hector Barreto, founder of the local and national Hispanic chambers of commerce. She discusses Barreto's interest in advocating for the Hispanic business community, early members of the chamber, covering chamber activities in Dos Mundos, and Rockhurst and Penn Valley colleges working with the chamber to offer scholarships to minority students. She also discusses Barreto's role in the founding of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, originally located in Kansas City, and its move to Washington, DC, the local chamber's role in helping small businesses access bank loans and encouraging entrepreneurship, and lists the Kansas City chamber's presidents from its founding to the present.

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Chavez & Associates