Casasola Archives Offer Snapshots of Mexican Revolution

Posted by Andrew Crisp on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 at 3:08 PM

The dancers of the Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo
  • The dancers of the Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo performed at the Idaho State Historical Museum Thursday for the opening of a new exhibit of Casasola Archives photographs chronicling Mexican history.

On First Thursday, the Idaho State Historical Museum offered free admission, ushering crowds into their upstairs exhibition room.

Along the walls hung the museum's newest collection, almost 100 images from the massive Casasola Archives—black-and-white photos chronicling Mexican history. Agustin Victor Casasola recorded more than 500,000 images from 1900 to 1940, documenting the birth of the Mexican Revolution and Mexico's transition into the modern age.

More than 100 people filed in during the course of the evening to witness two performances by the Nampa dance troupe Ballet Folklorica Mexico Lindo. The troupe's director, Monique Michel-Duarte, chose songs that represent the revolution, including a number called "Las Coronelas." The young dancers wore bandoliers full of bullets, and the requisite "Adelita" boots, army boots worn during the Revolution by women on the battlefield.

"Adelita, she is to the Mexican Revolution what Rosie the Riveter was to America," said Michel-Duarte.

She added that the dancers, most elementary-aged, really understood the history of the dance and their outfits once they saw the pictures.

The Casasola Archives will be on display at the Idaho State Historical Museum until Jan. 14.

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