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Migrant Farmworker Exhibition Now on View


A new exhibition, Coming Up on the Season: Migrant Farmworkers in the Northeast, is now on view at The New Jersey Historical Society through August 2003.

An exhibition opening will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2002 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The New Jersey Historical Society at 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ. Admission is free and open to the public.

The exhibition, created by the Cornell Migrant Program at Cornell University, traces the path of the fruits and vegetables we eat and the lives of the people who grow and harvest them in six parts of the Northeast.

Based on five years of fieldwork and documentation, the exhibition delves into the world behind the supermarket shelves, looking at the interrelationships of the migrant workers, the homes they create away from home, as well as the driving forces of market needs and consumer preferences.

Excerpts from oral histories with workers and growers, combined with contemporary photography by Drew Harty, provide compelling views of the world of farmworkers today.

“The voices of migrant workers are seldom heard in New Jersey,” said Sally Yerkovich, President & CEO of The New Jersey Historical Society. “This exhibition serves as a learning tool for visitors to explore the faces, stories and issues behind an industry which has fueled the state’s economy and reputation for more than a century.”

The exhibition also includes historic and contemporary photographs, artwork, an interactive family gallery guide, and audiorecordings of growers, workers, distributors and consumers.

Fully bi-lingual in English and Spanish, this exhibition has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, Newman's Own and Pioneer New Media Technology and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

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