Maria Alvira


Maria Alvira


This interview with Maria Alvira took place on October 27, 2012 in West Seneca, NY and was conducted by Stephanie Bucalo. Maria came with her family from Eagle Pass, Texas to Lackawanna, NY. After moving around to different states and farms, Maria and her family finally settled in Lackawanna where she began school in an English only classroom. Maria was able to quickly learn English and assimilated into her environment easily. Often times she was mistaken for Italian and she also mistook other Spanish speaking groups--Puerto Ricans--for Mexicans because she came from a Mexican family. Maria completed her high school and college education with great success and found employment easily. She also reflects on her time with Dolores “Lola” Perez who acted like a mother to the Hispanic community.
Esta entrevista con Maria Alvira tomó lugar el 27 de octubre de 2012 en West Seneca, NY y fue conducida por Stephanie Bucalo. Maria vino con su familia de Eagle Pass, Texas a Lackawanna, NY. Después de mudarse a varios estados y granjas, Maria y su familia por fin establecieron un hogar en Lackawanna donde ella empezó la escuela en un aula de inglés. Maria aprendió el inglés rápidamente y se asimiló fácilmente en el ambiente. Muchas veces la gente la equivocó por una italiana y ella se equivocó cuando conoció a un puertorriqueño por primera vez--pensó que el puertorriqueño era mexicano porque ella viene de una familia mexicana. Maria terminó sus estudios secundarios y universitarios con mucho éxito y encontró empleo fácilmente. Ella también refleja en su tiempo con Dolores “Lola” Pérez quien era la madre de la comunidad hispana.


Hispanic Heritage "Bring Us Your History!" Project


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