Israel Bermudez and Rachel Lemus La Yarda Interview

Dublin Core

Title

Israel Bermudez and Rachel Lemus La Yarda Interview

Subject

La Yarda (Lawrence, Kan.)
Mexican Americans -- Housing -- Kansas -- Lawrence
Mexican Americans -- History -- Kansas -- Lawrence
Mexican Americans -- Social conditions -- Kansas -- Lawrence

Description

Siblings Israel Bermudez and Rachel (Bermudez) Lemus were interviewed by Helen Krische in 2006 as part of an oral history project to document the La Yarda and Mexican-American communities in Lawrence, Kansas. La Yarda was a neighborhood of worker housing provided by the Santa Fe Railroad for Mexican-American railroad workers; located near the Kansas (Kaw) River, the neighborhood was largely destroyed by a major flood in 1951. The interview is split into two parts. Israel and Rachel grew up in East Lawrence; their family came to Lawrence in the late 1920s due to their father's work on the railroad. Israel and Rachel describe their family's journey from Mexico to Lawrence, their school experiences, and their experiences of discrimination and segregation as part of the Mexican-American community in Lawrence. Israel served in the military and shares some memories from that time. Rachel and Israel also describe daily life in their neighborhood, including work, childhood pasttimes, foodways, and funeral customs.

Creator

Bermudez, Israel
Lemus, Rachel

Source

La Yarda Oral History Project

Publisher

Watkins Community Museum (Lawrence, Kan.)

Date

2006

Contributor

Krische, Helen
Raymond, Emily

Rights

Published with the permission of Israel Bermudez and Rachel Lemus. This work is the intellectual property of the Watkins Museum of History, Lawrence, Kansas. The public may freely copy, modify, and share this Item for noncommercial purposes if they include the original source information. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Relation

To access the video and audio recordings of this interview, go to https://archive.org/details/16-ibermudez-rlemus-2006.
The Watkins Museum of History also holds items related to this collection.
Additional research on the La Yarda community is held at the Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas.

Format

MP4 (video recording)
MP3 (audio recording)
PDF (transcription)

Type

Oral History

Identifier

16-IBermudezRLemus-2006.mp4 (video)
16a-IBermudezRLemus-2006.mp3 (audio)/16a-IBermudezRLemus-2006.pdf (transcription)
16b-IBermudezRLemus-2006.mp3 (audio)/16b-IBermudezRLemus-2006.pdf (transcription)

Coverage

Lawrence (Kan.)
1920s - 1970s

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Krische, Helen
Raymond, Emily

Interviewee

Bermudez, Israel
Lemus, Rachel

Original Format

MP4

Duration

01:13:36 (video)
00:31:49 (16a audio)
00:31:46 (16b audio)

Bit Rate/Frequency

83 kbps (16a)
90 kbps (16b)
4376 kbps

Files

16a-IBermudezRLemus-2006.pdf
16b-IBermudezRLemus-2006.pdf

Citation

Bermudez, Israel and Lemus, Rachel, “Israel Bermudez and Rachel Lemus La Yarda Interview,” Digital Douglas County History, accessed July 30, 2021, http://history.lplks.org/items/show/1834.

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