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UTEP’s Centennial Museum Presents Two New Exhibits

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens will host an opening reception for the exhibits, “Bracero Memories” and “La Frontera: A Century of Division and Resistance.”

Bracero Memories explores the complex history of the Bracero Program, which brought Mexican laborers to work in the United States from 1942 to 1964. While considered a success, few braceros have had the opportunity to tell their story.

Using photographs, oral histories and artifacts, this exhibit presents the braceros’ memories, accomplishments and frustrations while living and working in the United States. In collaboration with the Center for Border Farmworkers, this exhibit will feature unique artifacts and photographs.

“La Frontera: A Century of Division and Resistance” explores the increased “hardening” of the border since 1917 as well as the resistance of fronterizos/borderlanders to the governmental policies and legislation that create separation.

This exhibit was curated by the Department of History’s graduate public history interns and features artwork about the border from local artists.

Both exhibits will be open to the public from Sept. 16 to Dec. 16, 2017. The museum’s regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The reception and the exhibits are free and open to the public.

What: UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens opening of the exhibits “Bracero Memories,” and “La Frontera: A Century of Division and Resistance.”

When: 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, September 16.

Where: Centennial Museum, corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road on the UTEP campus

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