The Immigration Experience
Beaumier UP Heritage Center
Exhibit opening Saturday, April 14 2018 at 1:00PM
It has often been said that all American’s are immigrants. That is not true since the First Nations people of this continent have been here longer than anyone can remember. But the vast majority of American citizens are the descendent of immigrants who left their homelands in search of a better life. Many found what they were looking for but almost all found challenges, hardships and successes far beyond their imagining.
For many immigrants, the Upper Peninsula was not their original or even final destination. Some found their way to the U.P. in search of work and many already had family or friends from home who were already here and sponsored their immigration and event cost of travel. Some, such as Scandinavians, had heard that the region was very similar to their homeland in climate and geography. Mining and logging were the main industries in the region in the 19th and early 20th century, and some immigrants had experience in these areas where others did not. The exhibit will look at the late 20th and 21st century, and what drove immigrants to chose the Upper Peninsula as a home, in addition to many other questions.
This exhibition will attempt to paint a picture of the immigrant experience, using the Upper Peninsula as a canvas. It will look at that experience from the first European/White settlers of the region to current people who are coming to the region to make it their home. Regardless of the era of their arrival, all immigrants share certain commonalities in experience, so the exhibition will not be organized chronologically but will rather be subject based. This will underline how our current immigrants to the region share the same struggles and aspirations as the very first.
Exhibit opens April 14 and ends October 20
Ancestral Women exhibit
The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center will be hosting a touring exhibit, Ancestral Women, from November 3, 2018 to January 2019.
Through hand-woven jacquard weavings the Ancestral Women Exhibit honors and celebrates elder women, one from each of the 12 Native American tribes in Wisconsin. These are women who have held families and communities together, and who kept traditions, cultures, and languages alive. They were (or are today) the glue in the fabric of their communities. Tribal members determined who they wished to see honored in this exhibit. They then provided photographs, which were redrawn and redesigned, creating the basis for the weaving. Other imagery was drawn into each piece as well, such as a clan symbol or a border that included traditional beadwork – something that helped tell a story about each woman and her tribe.
Ancestral Women was created by artist Mary Burns. She has woven numerous projects and has won many awards. She is also a writer of poetry and has written one novel.
More information about the exhibit: https://ancestralwomen.com/