A webinar series will highlight the shared and disparate experiences of local migrant communities.
Breaking Bread in McLean County is a 10-part program series exploring stories of migration, immigration, adaptation, assimilation, appropriation, preservation, contribution, and sustentation in McLean County. Seeking to disrupt the historical chronology, the series looks to promote a deeper understanding of the ways McLean County has traditionally treated its migrant communities.
The first webinar will be “It’s All in the Salsa: Mexican Stories of McLean County,” at 6 p.m. February 9. Featuring Dr. Carolyn Nadeau, the Byron S. Tucci Professor of Hispanic Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University, and Constantina Navarrete, owner of Taqueria El Porton in Bloomington, the event will explore the Mexican American experience in McLean County.
Register for the February event here. Programs will last approximately one hour with time reserved for Q&A.
The next webinar in the series will be “Johnny Cakes to Paddy Cakes: Irish Cookery” with McLean County Museum of History Executive Director Emeritus Greg Koos. at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 13, via Zoom. Register for the March event here.
The series will guide audiences through the migration stories of the Kickapoo, Irish and Upland Southerners, Germans, Swedes, African and Black Americans, Italian Americans, Mexican and Central Americans, Japanese, South Asian Indian, and Congolese, emphasizing shared elements including food, family, tradition, trauma, and exchange.
Breaking Bread is a project from the McLean County Museum of History in partnership with BN Welcoming (a coalition of the Immigration Project, Not In Our Town/Not In Our Schools, and West Bloomington Revitalization Project together creating a supportive environment for immigrants to McLean County), and Design Streak at Illinois State University.