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“Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border” Exhibit Starts Touring Again!

The 2020 statewide tour of "Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border ¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin!" began in Wausau in March, but was sadly suspended due to COVID-19. We are pleased to announce that the tour will restart next month at the Beloit Public Library!

UPDATED: Visitors can view the exhibit from September 1st through 22nd during regular library hours. Additional tour stops throughout the state, from Milwaukee to La Crosse, are scheduled for fall 2020.  We hope to extend the tour into 2021 if the necessary funding is secured.

Wisconsin’s history, much like the history of the United States, includes the stories of migrants and settlers. German settlers began arriving on these soils in 1836, followed by the Polish, Czechs, Slovaks, Russians, Finnish, and Icelandic settlers in the 1880s. This settlement created a migration of tribal nations forced off ancestral lands.

The first wave of Latino and Latina settlers came towards the end of the 19th century. The current migration of people from Mexico, Central, and South America is sparking a national conversation. Here in Wisconsin, many of us have not had opportunities to meet or get to know immigrants from these places.

We believe that the personal stories presented in this exhibit can deepen our understanding of immigrants’ lives and expand our understanding of our state’s history, immigration policy, and ourselves. Cinthia , Ana Claudia, Fernando, Gilberto, Jennifer, Mario (pictured), Panfilo, and Saul live and work in Wisconsin today. They emigrated from homes in Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, and Uruguay. This traveling exhibit offers a glimpse of their stories, told with the help of noted Wisconsin-based journalist Bill Berry and Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Gary Porter.

To experience the stories and learn more about immigration to Wisconsin, or for the tour schedule, please check out the exhibit’s website!

"Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border ¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin!" was produced by Wisconsin Humanities in partnership with Centro Hispano of Dane County. The two organizations came together as natural allies in strengthening community ties and building understanding among neighbors.

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