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Main Library Gallery Exhibit: Building Our Own Community: 50 Years of the Latino Native American Cultural Center, Founded by Chicano and American Indian Students in 1971

May 13, 2021

09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

University of Iowa Main Library, Main Library Gallery

125 West Washington Street, Iowa City, IA 52242

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A black and white photograph of 5 students in the 1970s.

In 2021, the Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Created in 1971 by Chicano and American Indian students, LNACC has a long and important history at the University of Iowa. This exhibition shares that history in depth, and explores its establishment in the 1970s, its activism and programs, and much more. LNACC continues to be an active advocate, supporter, and resource for Latino and Native American students at the University of Iowa.

“The Center over the years has provided shelter, friends, music, theater, dance, poetry, books, and many, many discussions which were useful to balance the one-sided education most Chicanos and Native Americans received elsewhere.” -Antonio Zavala, co-founder of LNACC.

This Main Library Gallery exhibit at the University of Iowa Libraries was curated by librarians Rachel Garza Carreón and Christopher Ortega.

Visit the Exhibition (Open through June 25, 2021)
Spring/Summer 2021 Main Library Gallery Hours: UI Campus Community (Students, Staff, Faculty)

Monday: By appointment only
Tuesday: By appointment only
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (walk-in)
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (walk-in)
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (walk-in)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Visiting the Main Library Gallery is always free, and all are welcome.

For campus community appointments on Mondays and Tuesdays, or if you are a member of the general public who would like to visit the exhibit, please contact the Main Library Gallery here: lib.uiowa.edu/gallery/contact.

For the Spring 2021 semester, the exterior doors of the Main Library continue to be locked as a COVID-19 safety precaution. Please use your Iowa One Card (keycard) to access the library. Or, make an appointment to visit the gallery and a staff member will assist you with access.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at