Those Who Came Before: Mexican Americans in Kansas 1900-1950

An image of seven adult immigrant mexican men and one little girl. The men were part of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe section crew, Pauline, Kansas.
Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe section crew, Pauline, Kansas.

Kansas Memory Website/Kansas State Historical Society

Exhibit from the Kansas State Historical Society.

October 2 - November 6, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free

The connection between the United States and people of Mexican descent goes back for centuries. Beginning with the conquistadors, both visitors and immigrants from the south have made their mark on Kansas. Mexican immigrants have come to Kansas for a variety of reasons. This exhibit explores the jobs which brought many early Mexican workers to Kansas., including sugar beet production and working on the railroads. The culture and traditions of Mexican Americans are also highlighted, including fiesta, the Quinceañera, and Los Pasadas. By bringing their families and creating new lives in Kansas, Mexican immigrants have changed and enhanced the lives of all Kansans.

For more information, call Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site at (785) 354-4273 or email by clicking here. Free and open to the public, daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, 1515 SE Monroe Street, Topeka, Kansas 66612.

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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