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Interview with Mary Bustamante, resident of the West Side of Kansas City, Missouri. Bustamante was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 2, 1924. Her parents, Manuel Lopez and Elvira Garcia de Lopez escaped the Mexican Revolution by migrating from San Luis Potosi, Mexico to Texas and then moved permanently to Kansas City. Bustamante attended Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Missouri for elementary school and partially completed her high school education at Manual Training High School. In her later years, Bustamante led Guadalupe Center fiestas from small locations up to a larger event at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She recalls the challenges of creating a kitchen and handling those large scale culinary responsibilities for the fiesta.

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Interview with Ruth Lopez about her experience growing up in a Mexican immigrant family in Kansas City's Westside neighborhood. She recalls the businesses and people of the neighborhood during her youth in the 1920s and '30s, local churches and fiestas, and meeting her husband at the Union Cultural Mexicana. She also discusses raising her family, difficulties she and her husband faced for not having American citizenship, her children's education and career paths, and her hopes for the neighborhood at the time of the interview.

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