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History repeats itself, even in a little big town like Tucson.

If you are looking for a smattering of history backed by personal narrative to spice up your weekend, check out the book signing and author reception for "La Calle" by Mexican American Studies professor, Lydia Otero, Ph.D., on Feb. 5, 1 to 3 p.m., at La Pilita Museum, 420 S. Main Ave.

The free event will also feature empanadas donated by nearby El Minuto Cafe.

La Pilita Museum Development Director Joan Daniels said, "She visited the museum and decided she very much wanted to do her book here because it is on the edge of the place where it all happened."

La_Calle_bookcover"La Calle" looks into the urban renewal that took place within the barrio in the 1960s, drawing on oral histories and both the political and geographical enviroments of the time.  Otero uses her analysis of the past to present implications for the current Rio Nuevo crisis.

The event itself will be paired with the museum's current exhibit "Barrio Memories."

"'La Calle' is a perfect match for this exhibit. We have over a dozen different exhibits at different panels on oral histories from people of the barrio," Daniels said. "I would say half or more than half of them refer to having been directly involved with the displacement of the 60s or they very intimately know someone who was."

On top of functioning as a museum, La Pilita acts as a learning space for local students as well as an actual historial site.


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