ARCHIVE: From Where I Stand: A Closer Look at Understanding Immigration/Migration Experiences in the United States
Recorded: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm EST
Duration: 50 minutes
The collective story of the American people is a unique one in today’s world. Here, at the Smithsonian, we document the history and culture of U.S. immigration and migration through community stories and experiences. One of the best ways to capture the larger collective story of the United States is to explore material culture, or the physical objects that tell of our individual and shared experiences. In this session for educators and their students, we’ll focus on something as seemingly simple as pairs of shoes and learn about the stories they tell. From fashion to tradition and work to play, each pair of shoes tells a story that offers perspective into the history of the American people.
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Velasquez started as an intern in the National Museum of Natural History in 1995 and joined the National Museum of American History in 1997. His research interest includes Latino history, identity and material culture, food ways, Spanish America colonial history, and immigration/migration. He was co-curator for the Bracero Oral History Project and associated traveling exhibit, Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964. Past exhibits and projects include, Mexican Treasures at the Smithsonian; AZUCAR! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz; A Collector’s Vision of Puerto Rico; Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian, as well as many other exhibit cases and special projects. He is currently co-curator for FOOD; Transforming the American Table 1950-2000, and the project Smithsonian Immigration\Migration Initiative. Velasquez received his M.A. from George Washington University and B.A., from University of Missouri, Columbia.
Davis joined the National Museum of American History, Behring Center in 2007 as a curator in the division of Home and Community Life. She has served on the curatorial teams for the 2008 exhibition Barriers to Bridges: Asian American Immigration After Exclusion, the 2009 exhibition Creating Hawai ‘i and the future permanent exhibition, American Enterprise, focusing on the history of American business and innovation. Prior to joining the museum’s staff, Davis served as the deputy director and chief curator of the Maryland Historical Society, assistant director in the Division of Public Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities, and director of The Octagon Museum. Davis has a Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University, an M.A.T. in Museum Education, George Washington University, an M.A. (all but thesis) Art History, State University of New York at New Paltz, and a B.A. in English from Russell Sage College.