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Spanish Town Heritage Foundation in Riverside
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Nancy Melendez, president of the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation in Riverside, has been awarded the Dr. Carlos Cortes Award for Championing Diversity and Inclusivity.

The award goes to a volunteer who has devoted a significant amount of time and service during the past year to help make Riverside a more diverse place to live and work, according to a city statement.

“For everything she does on behalf of advancing the cause of diversity and inclusivity in Riverside, I am proud to present this award to Nancy Melendez,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said in the statement. “Riverside is fortunate to have Nancy Melendez inspiring our city to become more inclusive.”

Melendez founded Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, which works to preserve and restore Trujillo Adobe. Also known as La Placita de los Trujillos. Trujillo Adobe is a community that was established in 1845 on the east bank of the Santa Ana River.

It was the first community in what became Riverside County.

Dr. Cortes is a professor emeritus of history at UC Riverside who helped write the city’s Inclusivity Statement, which seeks to include all cultures in the Riverside community in all city undertakings.

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