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Media documenting the Pan American Recreation Center from the Austin Files collection. The Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center has been serving the community of East Austin since 1956 and offers a variety of year-round recreation and leisure programs for youth, teens, adults and seniors. Such activities include youth and adult sports, Youth Boxing, Totally Cool Totally Art teen program, After School programs, Day Camps, Spring Break and Summer Camps, and Community Special Events like the Hillside Summer Concert Series, Annual Halloween Carnival, Community Thanksgiving Dinner, and Cookies with Santa. The Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan Am Recreation Center also offers a variety of contract classes such as our Adult Capoeira Class, Ballet Folklorico, Tae-Kwon-Do, and more. The 4,000-square-foot Hillside Theater mural at the Oswaldo A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center is one of many murals Raúl Valdez created in the 1970s. The story told in the mural spans different eras, including the Aztecs, Spanish conquistadors, the Chicano civil rights movement, and contemporary life. In 2011, the city spent $52,000 restoring the mural. At the time, Valdez told the Austin American-Statesman, “It belongs to the people of East Austin. It’s a representation of what the people who lived there wanted to see.”

Youth dancers at the Pan American Recreation Center

undated

Five women are in the kitchen at the Pan-American recreation center cooking together. There are buñuelos on the table and each of the women is wearing a corsage.

1969-12-12

Five women are in the kitchen at the Pan-American recreation center cooking together. There are buñuelos on the table and each of the women is wearing a corsage.

1969-12-12

Pan American Recreation Center's "Sweetheart" for their Invitational Softball Tournament with the trophies.

1961-06

Children pet a calf at Hillcrest Farms on a Tiny Tot field trip hosted by Pan American Recreation Center. A boy pets the calf while a young girl feeds the calf a treat. Another boy and girl look on.

1968-04-15

A baseball team in two rows with the coach . There are two bats a glove and a ball on the ground in front of them and they are outside at the Pan-American Recreation Center.

1961-06

Young girl playing piano at a recital. Children are seated on the floor in the background.

undated

A young woman reads a story to five children at the Pan Am Rec Center library. They sit at a circular table with stacks in the background.

undated

Children in the stacks at the Pan Am Rec Center library. The shelves are packed with books. Two girls reach for books on shelves within reach. A third boy stands on a child's chair for reach.

1966-11

Children reading at the Pan Am Rec Center library. Three children sit at a child's table with books covering the tabletop in front of them. Older children browse books from a shelf in the back. An adult looks on.

1966-11

Children paint papier mache elephants at the Pan American Recreation Center at an arts and crafts class. Two elephants sit on the table, nearly done. An open jar of paint and several towels sit on the table top. Two boys and three girls surround the table.

Children, aged about 10-13 play flag football at the Pan Am Recreation Center. A few boys have jerseys that say "Pan Am Aces" on the front; the rest play in plain clothes.

1966-11

Instructor showing boy how to use a saw on a piece of wood at the Pan Am wood shop.

1959-03-30

A group of adults sit around a table and read from "Elementary Reader-English" books during an English lesson at the Pan Am Rec Center.

undated

View of the side of the Pan American Recreation Center at 2100 East 3rd Street. Swing sets are behind the building. The previous Pan Am Rec Center existed at 3rd and Comal Streets.

1956-09

View of one side of the Pan-Am Rec Center Boxing Room. Boxers and trainers exercise by stretching, shadowboxing, and beat punching bags. Sparring ring is visible in the foregrond. Jackets hang on hooks on the left. Clock on the back wall reads about 6:50.

1959-01-28

Trio of mariachi musicians at the Pan Merican Recreation Center, the first Latin American Center (opened June 1942). Mariachi wear sombreros and panchos. Two men play guitarrons and the middle mariachi plays a Mexican vihuela.

1965

Ten elderly women and three men sit around a table at the Pan American Recreation Center for a United States citizenship class. A double sink and cupboards are in the background.

1961-04-19

A band performs on a stage before a large audience seated on the lawn at the Pan American Recreation Center Hillside Program.

1968-06-20

Interior of the basketball court in the gymnasium at the opening of Pan American Recreation Center at 2100 East 3rd Street.

1956-09

Exterior rear of the Pan American Recreation Center at the opening on 2100 East 3rd Street. The ground is not yet seeded and playground equipment is visible behind a fence in the right.

1956-09

Pan American Recreation Center's skating class in the Zavala Gym. A line of seven boys, aged 9 through 12 hold on to each other's shirts while skating in a line through the gym.

1959-03-30

A group of women and one man are seated in a meeting at the Pan American Recreation Center.

circa 1950

Group portrait of three women and five children. One boy wears a Halloween mask he likely made himself. Another mischevious boy lands a kick to another boy's hip.

1950-10-31

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