Ethnic Labor and Small Towns on the Rock Island Rail Line

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August 17, 2013, 2:00 PM CT

Presented by M.J. Morgan

Perceived as transient laborers and barely mentioned in railroad histories, ethnic crews not only worked the rail lines, they also impacted the cultures of rural Kansas communities. Focusing on the railway town of Broughton and the Rock Island High Line in the 1920s, this talk details the oral histories of residents who remember when Mexican and town women exchanged food recipes, Mexican workers lived in boxcars near the rail lines, and residents could hear the sounds of Greek music echoing over the fields at twilight.

Stauth Memorial Museum
111 N. Aztec St.
Montezuma, KS 67867-0396
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Sponsored by: Stauth Memorial Museum

For more information about this event, please contact:
Kim Legleiter
(620) 846-2527