HOLA Tarrant County

Formed out of a desire to create a history of Latinas and Latinos in Tarrant County, the Historians Of Latino Americans (HOLA) aims to research, document, and archive our work and to share it with the community. Our hope is that this information will lead to a better understanding and appreciation of the role that Latinas and Latinos have played in the civil, educational, and cultural history of our county.

Mural by North Side High School alumnus and artist Arnoldo Hurtado


From Oral Histories to films, these projects are a combination of work done by HOLA members as well as projects completed by other institutions and organizations.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram Articles

Recent and Archival

HOLA member and journalist, Richard Gonzales, frequently researches and writes columns for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that highlight the Latina/o past and present in the city. Through Gonzales’s column, readers can learn about various topics from Fort Worth’s first Mexican neighborhood, the struggle for bilingual education in Fort Worth ISD, to the hidden Mexican heritage of Texas Rangers Baseball manager, Ted Williams.

Six white interns, on summer vacation, in 1970, from various universities across Texas and the Midwest,  investigated the conditions of the Mexican American community for a special edition of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. The Star-Telegram’s interest in the plight of Mexican Americans in Fort Worth is evident of both the gains made by the older WWII veteran activists led by Gilbert Garcia in the twenty five years since the end of the war and the national attention the younger Chicano activists brought to the continued inequalities in the lives of Mexicans in the United States . . .click on the link above to learn more and to read the special edition.

We are a small group consisting of historians, educators, journalists, activists, librarians, archivists, and active community members who all share a passion for recovering the history of Latinas and Latinos in Tarrant County.

Share Your Story

Have you or your family lived in Tarrant County for a long time? If you would like to be interviewed to share your story, please contact us to make the arrangements. We can conduct interviews virtually and will provide you with a copy.