¡Viva Mi Historia!
Viva Mi Historia! – The Story of Fort Worth Latino Families was coordinated by the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project (CRBB) housed at TCU. Under the direction of Dr. Max Krochmal, a team of graduate students conducted over forty new interviews with local Latinos during two oral history collection days in September and October, 2015. Click here to watch the Latino Fort Worth YouTube Oral Interviews
Worth Heights Women
In an effort to document the experiences of Mexican and Mexican American women in the south side Fort Worth neighborhood known as Worth Heights, HOLA began interviewing women who lived in this barrio as early as the 1930s and 1940s and throughout the rest of the twentieth century. Known for the steel mills and Katy Lake (Seminary South shopping mall beginning in the 1960s, Town Center Mall in the 1990s, and now La Gran Plaza), Worth Heights is bordered by I-35 to the east, Hemphill to the west, Seminary to the south, and Berry to the north. Shaped by the Latinas/os who have both lived in this neighborhood for generations and those who have recently arrived, the story of the Worth Heights community has not been contextualized by historians nor has the city recognized the contributions of the numerous Latina/o business owners to overall economy of Fort Worth. We hope this ongoing project will shed light on the vibrant and historic Worth Heights barrio. If you would like access to full interviews for research, please contact us here.
Katherine Kuehling Castillo
In this clip from our interview on February 10, 2020, Mrs. Castillo tells the story of how her parents meet and the steps her mother’s family took before granting her mother permission to marry her father.
Click here to read about the circumstances surrounding her father’s tragic death.