The Greeley History Museum invites community members to an impactful, storytelling event, “Bittersweet Harvest: Stories from the Field,” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St.
Event speakers, Mario Gonzalez and Carmel Solano, will share testimonials related to the Mexican Farm Labor Program, also called the “Bracero Program,” and speak to broader themes of migration, field work, and how both impacted families.
The event is free and open to the public and includes a facilitated tour of the “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964" exhibit, which runs at the Greeley History Museum through March 11, 2023.
“Bittersweet Harvest: Stories from the Field” is co-hosted by City of Greeley Museums and the Mexican American History Project: Greeley Committee.
The Largest Guest Worker Program in U.S. History
The “Bracero Program,” began in 1942 and became the largest guest worker program in U.S. history. More than four million Mexican men entered the U.S. to work on short-term labor contracts. Their contributions shaped the future political, economic, and social climates of both countries.
The National Museum of American History organized “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964” in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. All SITES photographs in this exhibit are by Leonard Nadal.
About the Greeley History Museum
The Greeley History Museum showcases and preserves Greeley and Weld County’s history through permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational programs, research, and collections. Check out the museum’s main exhibit, “Utopia: Adaptation on the Plains,” and then head over to one of the museum’s other galleries, which feature rotating themes throughout each year.
For more information, visit greeleymuseums.com.