Kyle hosts dialogue, exhibit for Hispanic Heritage Month

The city of Kyle has the largest Hispanic residential rate in Hays County, at nearly 50 percent.
On Friday, Oct. 1, Kyle will host a Dialogue for Peace and Progress event for National Hispanic Heritage Month, like past dialogue events hosted for Black History Month and Juneteenth.
“In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, the Dialogues for Peace and Progress will serve as a platform for open and honest conversations regarding significant issues faced by Hispanic and Latino individuals, but also to celebrate the accomplishments, heritage and culture of the Hispanic community,” said City Council Member Dex Ellison. “We are immensely grateful to our panelists for taking the time to speak to us about their experiences and share how the City of Kyle can work to recognize Hispanic and Latino communities.”

Dialogue for Peace and Progress panelists. Photo credit: City of Kyle.

Ellison will moderate the discussion with eight panelists including: Dr. Claude Bonazzo-Romaguera, Rubén Castañeda, Marcelina Rodriguez Garcia, Angie Villescaz, Benito Pereda, Richard Dixon, Jesús Jiménez and Dr Octavio Pimentel.

In addition to the dialogue, the Kyle Public Library will host “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy,” now through Wednesday, Oct. 13. This is an exhibition by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The exhibition captures the Vaqueros way of life through photographs taken in the early 1970s in northern Mexico.
For information about viewing hours or to arrange a group visit, contact Adult Services Librarian Jesus Hernandez at 512-268-7411.
To attend the Dialogue for Peace and Progress, residents can go in-person to Kyle City Hall. The event can also be streamed online through Kyle10, the City’s YouTube channel and the City of Kyle Facebook page. For more information, visit


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