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Napa Valley Museum Opens Three Fall Exhibitions; Don Coen "The Migrant Series", Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, Braceros: The Napa Valley Story

October 28, 2017
11:00 am
Napa Valley Museum

Napa Valley Museum launches its fall season of exhibitions on September 2, 2017, with a prestigious touring history exhibit about the Braceros contract worker program from the Smithsonian Institution, an inspiring companion exhibit telling the Napa Valley’s own Bracero story through rare historical and original material developed by Napa Valley College and curator Oscar Aguilar, and a thrilling West Coast premiere of towering paintings by Colorado artist Don Coen celebrating today’s migrant farm workers. “And there could be no more insightful storytellers than the scholars at the Napa Valley College, who are helping to create an unforgettable companion exhibit including personal mementos, rare photographs, and recorded oral histories recounting the Braceros’ extraordinary Napa Valley’s history,” says Laura Rafaty, Napa Valley Museum's Executive Director. “So many of our visitors seek out the Museum to learn more about the history of the Napa Valley, and these three exhibits will provide an intimate and thoughtful view – from the 1940’s to today - of the workers who have been, and still are, are essential to our Napa Valley economy, society and culture.” In our History Gallery, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, present: “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964.” This prestigious bilingual history exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution examines the experiences of Bracero workers and their families, providing rich insight into Mexican American history and historical background to today’s debates on guest worker programs. The exhibition combines recent scholarship, powerful photographs from the Smithsonian's collection, and audio excerpts from oral histories by former contract workers.

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