Bittersweet Harvest

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

This bilingual exhibit examines the experiences of Mexican workers who between 1942 and 1964 participated in the U.S. government’s bracero program, the largest guest-worker program in American history.
The Bracero Program 1942-1964
Saturday, August 17, 2013 (All day)
Sunday, October 27, 2013 (All day) @ Central Library

Begun in 1942 to address labor needs in agriculture and the railroads, the U.S. government’s bracero program became the largest guest worker program in U.S. history, with hundreds of thousands of Mexican workers providing manpower from World War II through 1964.

Bittersweet Harvest, a new bilingual exhibition organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, examines the experiences of Bracero workers and their families, providing rich insight into Mexican-American life and historical background to today’s debates on immigration and guest worker programs.