From February to November 2021, this 10-part program series, Breaking Bread in McLean County, will take audiences through the migration stories of the Kickapoo, Irish and Upland Southerners, Germans, Swedes, African and Black Americans, Italians, Mexicans and Central Americans, Japanese, South Asian Indians, and Congolese, emphasizing shared elements including food, family, tradition, trauma and exchange. Each program will incorporate a multitude of voices from the community who can speak to the migrant experiences of these varied cultural groups, relying on scholarship, expertise, and firsthand accounts. This program series is a partnership between the McLean County Museum of History, BN Welcoming, Design Streak at Illinois State University, and Heartland Community College.
Join Museum educator Hannah Johnson and members of the local Swedish-American community, as they explore the Swedish-American experience in McLean County.
Programs will last approximately 1 hr with time reserved for Q&A.