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Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1962
December 8, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Central Gallery at the Morgan Family Center
 
Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) will open its first Spanish/English bilingual exhibit, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964,” Friday, December 9, 2016. The exhibit showcases the bracero program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history, which brought millions of Mexican nationals north to work on short-term labor contracts. The work was backbreaking and living conditions poor, but the program offered Mexican men economic opportunities and much-needed work. Their contributions to communities in Mexico and the U.S. have had a lasting impact on the political, economic, social, and cultural landscapes of both nations.

The exploitation of bracero workers and violations of their legal rights and civil liberties prompted efforts to repeal the program. In 1956, photographer Leonard Nadel documented the harsh realities of bracero life, intending to highlight employer violations and improve bracero working conditions. The exhibition is traveled by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and Nadel’s images provide the visuals for “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964.”

The new exhibit runs through Sunday, May 14, 2017, in the Museum’s Central Gallery at the Morgan Family Center, 5401 Caroline St., in Houston’s Museum District. The public is invited to an opening reception held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2016, with opening remarks at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but advance registration is required for this reception. Visit www.hmh.org/registerevent.aspx to RSVP online. 
To renew a membership or to join and attend, visit www.hmh.org, email Natalia Regan at nregan@hmh.org or call 713-527-1616.

“Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964,” was organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Funding was provided by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Presented locally by Wells Fargo, “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964” is also made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Civil Liberties: A Community Discussion
December 13, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Please join Holocaust Museum Houston and the Japanese American Citizens League Houston Chapter for a night of discussion featuring a diverse panel of leaders from the Houston community. Drawing on our shared history, the panel remembers human rights abuses—abroad and in America—and stands as a testimony to the dangers of hatred, bigotry, and apathy. We will be discussing the challenges and opportunities facing our community, now and in the future. As the most diverse city in the country, Houston has the unique opportunity to be a leader in inclusion, respect, and empathy. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.

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Author Appearance & Book Signing with Dr. Joel Dimsdale
December 14, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
 
Meet Dr. Joel Dimsdale, a professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego and author of “Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals.” Renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Joel Dimsdale, will shed new light on the psychology of the war criminals at Nuremberg. After an international war crimes trial in Nuremberg was convened, a psychiatrist, Douglas Kelley, and a psychologist, Gustave Gilbert, tried to fathom the psychology of the Nazi leaders, using extensive psychiatric interviews, IQ tests, and Rorschach inkblot tests. The findings were so disconcerting that portions of the data were hidden away for decades and the research became a topic of intense debates. Drawing on his decades of experience as a psychiatrist and the dramatic advances within psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience since Nuremberg, Joel E. Dimsdale reviews the findings and examines in detail four of the war criminals, Robert Ley, Hermann Göring, Julius Streicher, and Rudolf Hess. Book-signing after the lecture. Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.
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The Museum is open to the public seven days a week.

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.


The Boniuk Library is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Library is closed Saturdays and Sundays.

The Museum is closed for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For other holiday hours, visit the "Events" tab on the Museum’s Web site at www.hmh.org.

ADMISSION RATES:

Members FREE
Children under age 6 FREE
Students age 6-18 FREE
College-level with valid school ID FREE
Seniors age 65+ $8
AARP members with valid ID card $8
Active-Duty Military $8
General Admission $12

Holocaust Museum Houston is free each Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Memorial Day (May 30, 2016), D-Day (June 6, 2016), Kristallnacht (Nov. 9, 2016) and International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27, 2016).

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Holocaust Museum Houston
Morgan Family Center
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004-6804
Phone: 713-942-8000



Holocaust Museum Houston is a member of the Houston Museum District Association and is located in Houston's Museum District.

Holocaust Museum Houston is an accredited member of the American Alliance of Museums.

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