Happy Birthday to Óscar Arias Sánchez, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Happy Birthday to peacemaker, politician, writer and Nobel Prize Winner Óscar Arias Sánchez, born in Heredia, Costa Rica.  Arias graduated from the University of Costa Rica and earned a PhD from University of Essex (England).  He courageously worked to create peace during the bloody decades of war that raged in neighboring countries in Central America. Arias was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1987.  With this award, he funded an endowment to establish the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, an organization devoted to building just and peaceful societies in Central America.  Arias was elected as President of Costa Rica, serving from 1986 to 1990.

Everyday Life of Chico Real and Lolo Mendoza, American Musicians

From our nation’s family photo album at the Library of Congress, Mexican Americans Chico Real and Lolo Mendoza pose with their guitars in Kingsville, Texas on September 1, 1940.  The photo is from the Lomax Collection of folk musicians, proving that despite what 21st century politicians may say, Latinx were always woven into the history of the United States.  (Image from Lomax Collection at the US Library of Congress)