A Bittersweet Harvest for Braceros

An image from the exhibit 'Bittersweet Harvest,' about the U.S. Bracero program, at the Napa Valley Museum.

An image from the exhibit 'Bittersweet Harvest,' about the U.S. Bracero program, at the Napa Valley Museum. (Photo Courtesy of the Smithsonian Museum)

In the heart of wine country, the Napa Valley Museum hosts The Smithsonian presents Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 about the Bracero program, which brought workers, mostly from Mexico, to the U.S. to help on American farms. The exhibit provides historical background to the debates today on the sometimes-undocumented immigrants who work in California in the hospitality, construction and agricultural industry. The Napa Valley Museum has also created a companion exhibit about the life of these temporary workers in Napa Valley, essential to the making of the valley’s famous wines then and now. The exhibit runs through Nov. 17; details here.

A Bittersweet Harvest for Braceros 30 August,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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