The Ramsey County Library has been selected to receive a Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association.

The library is one of 203 recipients selected from across the country, but the only one from Minnesota. The $3,000 cash grant will pay for public programming about Latino history and culture.

The library will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film "Latino Americans," created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to the present day.

"Latino Americans are now the country's largest minority group, with more than 50 million people," said Judy Woodward, history coordinator for the library. "I'm delighted that Ramsey County Library will have the opportunity to explore the rich and varied history of this part of our community."

A five-part, bilingual series of programs featuring film, traditional Latino music and discussions of Latino-American history led by Macalester College Prof. Ernesto Capello will begin on Oct. 6.

James Walsh