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Historical Essay

Migrant Workers' Bunk Beds

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Bunk beds used by the Contreras family, Mexican-American migrant workers, in Wautoma, Wisconsin, 1970s-1980s. (Museum object #1999.16.1A-G)

Date: 1969 

Description: Fall River Canning Company's president William Evans stands in the center with migrant farm workers around him after their walkout.

Eighty workers of His...

Date: 1967 

Description: At the center stands Father Antonio Gonzales, a former migrant worker from Rio Grande City, Texas, who is visiting his parents in Wautoma. In 1966, he led...

Date: 1966-08-15 

Description: A woman and man, members of Obreros Unidos, (United Workers) sit crossed legged on a roadside of Highway 21 eating lunch. They are resting from a march to...

Date: 1967 

Description: Standing on the hood of the car in a striped short-sleeved shirt and sunglasses is Salvador Sanchez, an organizer for Obreros Unidos (United Workers), a Wi...

Date: 1969 

Description: Roberto Hernandez (left) and Esequiel Guzman (center) work on the layout of "La Guardia" newspaper. The underground bilingual newspaper was published in Sp...

Date: 1967 

Description: Workers gathering at a cucumber receiving station after striking.

Strikes in Wisconsin were organized by the Obreros Unidos (United Workers),as an...

Date: 1969 

Description: A child worker wearing a short sleeve plaid shirt, dark pants and no shoes is carrying grapefruit from a Texas grove on his shoulder. He is looking into th...

Date: 1969 

Description: A boy wearing a white short-sleeved t-shirt and dark pants is barefoot and standing to the left of a communal shower hut for migrant farm workers in a Waut...

Date: 1966 

Description: Close-up portrait of a migrant farm worker listening to speeches at an Oberos Unidos (United Workers) pre-march rally at Waushara Courthouse. The march was...

Date: 1966-08-15 

Description: 30 marchers of Obreros Unidos (United Workers) march from Wautoma to Madison on Highway 21 to petition lawmakers to hold farms and food industry corporatio...

Date: 1969 

Description: John Schmitt, AFL CIO president; Manuel Salas, labor contractor for Libby, McNeil and Libby; Cesar Chavez and Eliseo Medina sit together on a panel in Milw...

Date: 1961 

Description: Teacher Richard Vaughan answers a question for one of the six resident children who took the opportunity offered by the 1961 Manitowoc Summer School to lea...

Date: 1967 

Description: Two boys standing on the sidewalk are distributing "La Voz Mexicana" ("The Mexican Voice"), the official newspaper of Obreros Unidos (United Workers), a un...

Date: 1967 

Description: The man standing in a suit and dark tie with glasses to the left is Charles Heymanns, international organizer for AFL-CIO. Seated to his right in a light s...

Date: 1967 

Description: Ground-level view of a double row of workers cultivating a cucumber field with hoes.

Cultivando pepino

Vista desde el suelo de una línea...

Date: 1967-08-24 

Description: Elevated view of 150 workers rallying as a part of Obreros Unidos (United Workers) protest against poor working conditions of migrant farm workers in the S...

Date: 1966 

Description: A crowd of migrant workers listening to speakers at an Obreros Unidos (United Workers) rally in front of the Wautoma Courthouse. The rally's purpose is to...

Historical Essay

20th-Century Immigration

Learn how economic and social conditions in Wisconsin and elsewhere brought new groups of immigrants to Wisconsin in the 20th century.

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Description: Several young men (possibly auto shop students?) pose with a 1907 International Auto Wagon.

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