A group of students studying Portuguese recently took a field trip, led by Professor Luis Gonçalves, to the Ironbound section of Newark, commonly known as Portugal Avenue.
There, they had an opportunity to experience a bit of Portuguese culture through various site visits in the community. This included the Peter Francisco Monument, the Museum of the Portuguese Community at the Sport Club Português de Newark, as well as a valuable opportunity to talk to journalist Luis Pires and survey the archives of "The Luso-American", the oldest Portuguese Language newspaper in the United States.
Furthermore, students experienced Portuguese “café culture” via a stop at Teixeira’s Bakery where they sampled different types of bread and saw hand-painted traditional Portuguese tiles made by Portuguese-American artist Fernando Silva. The trip ended with dinner at a local Portuguese restaurant, Pic-Nic.
Overall, the trip provided the students with the chance to actually see how several cultural practices work and how they take place in the community.
Photos from the trip can be accessed here.