Iowa Writing Project

Hispantic Story Project


Versión en español

The Hispanic Story Project gathers, translates, and publishes the unique stories of Hispanic residents in northwest Iowa in order to:

  • honor and preserve the stories of immigrant Hispanic families;
  • foster understanding among established and immigrant individuals, families, and communities;
  • enhance education in area schools and communities.

Area teachers and prospective teachers, fluent in Spanish, interview willing individuals and families for the stories important to their pasts, their immigrating experiences, and their lives in northwest Iowa. Selected stories are transcribed, edited, and published in bilingual format and in Spanish and English separately, and provided to participating families, area schools, libraries, public offices, etc. to nurture mutual understanding, education, and respect across cultures.

Each story published in this project has been authorized for use by the Hispanic Story Project and has been nurtured carefully by the author/interviewer and translator. All materials gathered as part of this project will be retained in the research archives of the Northwestern College library.

The Hispanic Story Project is a co-funded partnership of Northwestern College and the Iowa Writing Project at the University of Northern Iowa. Copyright for publications is held by Northwestern College.

Barbara Turnwall
Northwestern College
101 7th Street SW
Orange City, IA 51041

James S. Davis
Iowa Writing Project
117 Baker Hall, UNI
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0502

The HSP thanks the following for their contributions to the publications:

Interviewing, Writing, and Translating: Barbara Turnwall, Teresa Heyer, Julie Blythe, Elsa Schmidt, Cecilia Salazar, and Lisa Wiersma

Editing: Jim Davis

Formatting: Scott Romine and Ellen Nuss