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October 24, 2008


NEW YORK, October 24, 2008 -- To highlight the experiences and contributions of one of the city’s most vibrant ethnic populations, The City College of New York [CCNY] presents “Dominicans in New York,” an exhibit that runs through January 31, 2009.

The exhibit, which opened on October 20, is on view in the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute [DSI] Archives and Library, located in Room 2/202 in CCNY’s North Academic Center Building, 138th Street and Convent Avenue, Manhattan. Funded by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, it is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.

Using materials from the Dominican Archives and Library, including documents, photographs and memorabilia, the exhibit creates a visual history of Dominicans as they developed communities that would become an integral part of New York’s diverse landscape. The images display glimpses of Dominican history, culture, traditions and population changes.   

Dr. Ramona Hernández, Director of the CCNY-based DSI, said the exhibit’s purpose is to convey, through carefully selected images, the complexity of the Dominican experience in New York to students, scholars, policymakers and the general public.   

“This marvelous display of documents from the New York Dominican community represents the coming of age of the Dominican Archives,” Dr. Hernández said, adding: “The exhibit is a tiny sample of the material the Archives has already accessioned and processed, and it represents just the tip of the iceberg of the archival records we expect to get from the Dominican people so that our history in New York City is always remembered.”

She thanked the New York Council for the Humanities for supporting the exhibit which is curated by Idilio Gracia Peña, CUNY DSI’s Chief Archivist; Sarah Aponte, Head Librarian; Nelson Santana, Assistant Archivist/Assistant Librarian and Anthony Stevens-Acevedo, Assistant Director.

A reception celebrating the exhibit and the inauguration of the Dominican Archives’ new site in CCNY’s Cohen Library is scheduled for December 10.   

For more information on the “Dominicans in New York” exhibit, please call the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at CCNY at (212) 650-7496.

About The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute

The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, established in 1992, is the premier research institution in the study of Dominicans in the United States. Its mission is to gather, produce, and disseminate knowledge on the human experience of people who trace their ancestry to the Dominican Republic; to address the current lack of useful and reliable information concerning Dominicans in the U.S. and to advance research and teaching at the City University of New York focusing on the Dominican people. The New York State Dominican population is approximately 691,000 according to the 2006 American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau.

About The Dominican Archives

The Dominican Archives was established in 2002 to collect and preserve material that documents the experience and contributions of all segments of the New York Dominican population. This archival material is available to educators, students, historians, policymakers, and researchers interested in studying the history and culture of the Dominican population in the United States.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); the School of Education; the Grove School of Engineering, and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit