The Rita M. Cacas Foundation

Happy August everybody! We hope you are enjoying the final hot and humid weeks of summer before classes begin and the leaves begin to change, we know we are!

Even though Americana 2015 happened over 5 months ago, people are still talking about our Distinguished Alumni Award Winner Rita M. Cacas. Ms. Cacas graduated from the iSchool in 2002 with her MLS degree, before working as an Archivist at the National Archives. While this time was extremely rewarding, Ms. Cacas wanted to incorporate her own heritage into her work. So, she created the Rita M. Cacas Foundation.

This foundation and Ms. Cacas, herself, have worked toward “acquiring, preserving, and providing access to” this history and culture of Filipino Americans in the DMV. But wait, what makes Filipino Americans in DC, Maryland, and Virginia different from Filipinos on the west coast? Great Question! While this questions has many different facets, one of the important ones is that the history of DMV Filipino Americans has been left undiscovered. West Coast Filipino communities have been well documented and archived. Unfortunately, those here in the DMV have not. That is, until the Rita M. Cacas Foundation began compiling and documenting their history.

To learn more about the Foundation, check out the Filipino American Community Archivies in Special Collections at Hornbake Library at the University of Maryland, College Park.


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