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Las Posadas Collection

Children of the Mexican Folklore Club Reenacting Las Posadas Procession, 1959


 Las Posadas collection contains material relating to Tucson, Arizona’s Carrillo Elementary School’s long tradition of re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s pilgrimage from Nazareth to Bethlehem in a procession seeking shelter or "posada." This event was based on an old Mexican yuletide custom that was first adopted by Miss Marguerite Collier in 1937 to build students’ pride in their Hispanic heritage, and has since then become an annual celebration for all its students and the community.

Included within the collection are artwork and writings, invitations, programs, event history, correspondence, photographs, publications, newspaper clippings related to the event, music books, song lyrics, class lists of participating students, colored slides and CD’s of Carrillo children performances, and a custom designed event t-shirt.