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Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border/ ¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin! Exhibition Makes Its Debut Today

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Jennifer, who immigrated from Colombia, works as a promotora and provides health services and nutrition classes for the Latino community. It's one of the eight personal stories shared in the Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border/¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin! exhibition.

The Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border/¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin! exhibition, a project of the Wisconsin Humanities Council in partnership with Centro Hispano that shares personal stories of Latino immigrants who make their home in Wisconsin, made its debut this afternoon at the Verona Public Library.

“While at the national level, immigration of people from Mexico, Central and South America is being hotly debated, here in Wisconsin many of us have had little opportunity to meet immigrants from these nations, and to add that kind of personal knowledge to our understanding of the policy discussion,” said Dena Wortzel, executive director of the Wisconsin Humanities Council (WHC), in a statement. “The humanities help us deepen our understanding of individual lives and how each of us fits into the larger whole. That’s our goal with this exhibit, which shares stories of people whose lives may not be well understood or visible to many of their Wisconsin neighbors.”

To create the exhibit, the WHC worked with Centro Hispano who helped identify Latino immigrants willing to participate in the project.

“We collaboratively invited respected journalist, Bill Berry, and photojournalist, Gary Porter, to join the team,” said Centro Hispano Executive Director Karen Menéndez Coller in a statement. “Together with eight immigrants, we created this powerful exhibition, called: Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border/¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin! We couldn’t be more excited to share this wonderful and important work with residents of Dane County and beyond.”

Eight individuals (who emigrated from Mexico, Uruguay, Honduras and Colombia) are featured in the exhibition. The exhibition will tour Dane Country through October and then travel elsewhere in the state.
Locations in Dane County include:
Verona Public Library: June 19-July 6, 2019
Overture Center for the Arts: July 10-August 18, 2019
Sun Prairie Historical Library and Museum: August 19-September 8, 2019
Driftless Historium, Mount Horeb: October 5-25, 2019