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The Story of Houston -- Traditions

Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Oral History

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Segment 02: Mexicanos and Home Altars

Identifier: OH E 0182
Scope and Contents [00:06:10 – 00:12:26] Trevino asks Guillen to speak on the tradition of home altars and her experiences when she went out to these homes as a missionary. She remembers that most places provided for teachings would have a small altar. Most of the houses would have small altars as well. She acknowledges her surroundings by stating she has small altars throughout her home and admits that this is due to her upbringing. Guillen believes that the tradition of home altars comes from Mexico. ...
Dates: Other: October 22, 1990

Segment 06: Home Altars Revisited

Identifier: OH E 0182
Scope and Contents [00:34:15 – 00:42:31] Guillen sees home altars as a way to visually show her spiritual family; just as one might put photos of family members around their house. She says the saints in a person’s home will vary, because the devotion is different for everyone. When asked why Our Lady of Guadalupe is so important to Mexicanos, she believes it is because she choose to appear in Mexico to a man without any richness or education. This in turn made Mexicanos more devotional, like a child to a...
Dates: Other: October 22, 1990
The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002