Here, There and Elsewhere: Refugee Families in Milwaukee

About the Traveling Exhibition

Through documentary photos and the words of the refugees themselves , John Ruebartsch and Sally Kuzma have created intimate family portraits that provide a window into the daily lives of some of the newest – and least familiar – Americans.  After fleeing civil war, political persecution, and ethnic strife in countries such as Burma, Somalia, and Laos, these newcomers are rebuilding their lives and cultures here as generations of immigrants did before. Their stories are becoming our stories.

A cell-phone audio tour accompanies the exhibit. A 20-page catalog with essays by Milwaukee historian John Gurda, UWM Hmong Studies scholar Dr. Chia Youyee Vang, and UWM Public History scholar Dr. Jasmine Alinder is also available. This exhibition is supported in part by the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin; and the Wisconsin Arts Board with finds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Sponsored by International Learning Center, a program of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee. For more information, contact John Ruebartsch,

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