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Stories of Longmont's Immigration Heritage

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January 23 - June 12
Free admission

Over the past century and a half, immigrants arrived in Longmont from all across the globe. This exhibition in the Longmont Museum’s new Kaiser Permanente Education Center explores what brought different groups to Longmont through historic photographs and objects. Discover the diversity that has made Longmont unique. This exhibition coincides with a countywide celebration of immigration in the region—One Action: Arts + Immigration is a yearlong festival sponsored by over 15 arts organizations exploring the contemporary and historical implications of immigration in Boulder County.

Immigration 1
Miye Nishida works on cold frames on a farm owned by her relatives the Mayedas. She and her family were forced to flee their home in California in advance of the internment order during World War II.

Immigration 2
In the 1910 census, Russian-Germans were the largest ethnic group in the Longmont area. Over 25% of the farmers in the area southeast of Longmont were Russian-Germans. The town of Windsor, 35 miles northeast of Longmont, was a Russian-German enclave. German could still be heard spoken on the streets as late as the 1940s. Here, The Wagner family is prepared for a Russian winter in this photo taken in Longmont around 1900. 

Immigration 3
Many of first Latinos to come to Longmont came from within the United States. Latinos came from New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma to work thinning, hoeing, digging, and topping sugar beets in the fields around Longmont. Here, the Suazo family is topping beets in the 1940s.

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