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Date: 1967 

Description: A group of young migrant farm laborers leaving a cucumber field in a Chevy station wagon for a union rally in Portage. Three children are looking at the ca...

Date: 1967 

Description: A family from Texas temporarily settles in Waushara County. Their white truck is parked in front of a grassy area and wooden house. The father is standing...

Photographer David Giffey Captures Details of Migrant Worker Life

Learn about migrant worker life in Wisconsin and Texas captured by Wisconsin-born photojournalist David Giffey.

Date: 1967 

Description: Migrant farm workers meeting in Bancroft after a strike. There are four men wearing hats standing in front of a women's outhouse. Strikes in Wisconsin were...

Date: 1970 

Description: A woman holding a bucket and wearing a covering over her head, a checkered long sleeve shirt, pants, and gloves. She is standing behind crates of Roma toma...

Date: 1966 

Description: Marchers of Obreros Unidos (United Workers) leaving Wautoma and walking towards Madison along Highway 21 to petition lawmakers to hold farms and food indus...

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...

Photograph

Ethnic Pride Day

Date: 1989-03-19 

Description: Children celebrating their heritage during Ethnic Pride Day at Our Savior's Lutheran Church Hall, 3022 West Wisconsin Avenue. The celebration, which highl...

Date: 1967 

Description: Two men sitting in front of Hartford Store cucumber receiving station watch over polls on union election day. The ballot box is on the left side of the tab...

Date: 1966-08-15 

Description: Father Michael Garrigan in the background wearing a white robe and glasses holding 8 a.m. mass at St. Joseph's Church with 30 marchers before a Obreros Uni...

Photograph

Rev. Barry Shaw

Date: 1966 

Description: Reverend Barry Shaw, of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, speaks at the microphone addressing a rally in Wautoma. Behind him are Jesus Salas and Salvador...

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

Date: 1967 

Description: Jesus Salas, right, is the leader of Obreros Unidos (United Workers), a Chicano migrant workers' rights group started in the 1960s for the improvement of w...

Photograph

Field Cultivation

Date: 1967 

Description: Migrant laborers hoe a cucumber field by hand. There is one worker in the foreground and two others in the background. Rows of seedlings extend across the...

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...

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: 1967 

Description: A central Wisconsin labor camp consisting of a row of wooden framed building with asphalt siding which housed migrant laborers. At the center, three childr...

Historical Essay

20th Century Immigration

The History of Modern Immigration in Wisconsin

Discover the economic and cultural changes that brought new immigrants to Wisconsin in the 20th century.

Date: 1967 

Description: Migrant farm workers testify at the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) hearing after a strike in Bancroft. Seated on the left is Obreros Unid...

Photograph

Demonstration Signs

Date: 1969 

Description: Obreros Unidos (United Workers) demonstrators painting signs at a Milwaukee rally. In the background, a man is painting the National Farmworker's (NFW) Azt...

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