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Did you miss Latinos in Milwaukee live? Watch the recording!

Milwaukee’s Latino community began humbly as a “Colonia Mexicana” in the 1920s, when Mexicans were recruited to work in the city’s tanneries.

Joseph A. Rodriguez is Professor and Chair in the Department of History at UW-Milwaukee where he teaches classes on US history, US Latino history, and urban history. He has written books and articles on those topics, including the history of Latinos in Milwaukee. This video is part of this year’s NEA Big Read in the Falls, and will be available until April 17.

Broaden your connections with Into the Beautiful North with this year’s NEA Big Read speaker series. From family stories and local history to first-hand experiences at the U.S.-Mexico border, delve deeper into the book’s themes and celebrate Mexican and Latinx culture with local scholars and authors.

Time for Tortillas and Family Stories
Margarita Sandoval Skare
Saturday, March 20 at 2:30 PM

Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists
Andrea-Teresa Arenas and Eloisa Gómez
Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 PM

Mexicans in Wisconsin
Sergio M. González, Assistant Professor of Latinx Studies, Marquette University
Tuesday, March 30 at 6:30 PM

Ellis Island in El Paso
Peggy Haas
Thursday, April 8 at 6:00 PM
Saturday, April 10 at 2:30 PM

NEA Big Read in the Falls Keynote: An Evening with Luis Alberto Urrea
Thursday, April 15 at 6:00 PM

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