A project of the Wisconsin Humanities Council in partnership with Centro Hispano, this exhibit shares personal stories of Latino immigrants who are now settling in Wisconsin.
Immigrant travel south of the border [¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin!] The exhibit will be open Monday, October 4 through Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at the TB Scott Free Library, 106 W. 1st St. in Merrill.
“While at the national level, the immigration of people from Mexico and Central and South America is hotly debated, here in Wisconsin, many of us have had few opportunities to meet immigrants from these countries and add that kind of personal knowledge to our understanding. of the political discussion, ”said Dena Wortzel, executive director of the Wisconsin Humanities Council (WHC). “The humanities help us deepen our understanding of individual life and how each of us fits into a larger whole. That’s our focus with this exhibit, which shares stories of people whose lives may not be well understood or visible to many of their neighbors in Wisconsin.
To create the exhibit, the WHC worked with Centro Hispano who helped identify Latino immigrants willing to participate in the project. “We have collaboratively invited respected journalist Bill Berry and photojournalist Gary Porter to join the team,” said Karen Menéndez Coller, Executive Director of Centro Hispano. “Together with eight immigrants, we created this powerful exhibit, titled: Immigrant Journeys South of the Border ¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin! We couldn’t be more excited to share this wonderful and important work with the residents of Dane County and beyond.
Eight people (who have emigrated from Mexico, Uruguay, Honduras and Colombia) are featured in the exhibition. The exhibit will tour statewide in 2020. Tour information is available at www.WisconsinImmigrantJourneys.org.
Visitors to the exhibition were moved by the stories. One of them commented, “I’m almost in tears. Thank you for sharing these people’s stories and messages.
The Wisconsin Humanities Council was founded in 1972 as a state branch of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mandate is to support and create local and national humanities programs of all kinds, and to help Wisconsin residents use the tools of the humanities to thoughtfully discuss public policy issues. The WHC Matching Grant program funds locally designed humanities projects in libraries, museums and other community institutions. The WHC also periodically develops its own programs, such as the Immigrant Journeys exhibit, to address topics of statewide interest.