A legacy for Stockton to treasure.
At the Haggin Museum, we can visit the Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos exhibit through October 2019. Dolores Huerta is a world renowned civil rights activist whose fight spans decades. She has been awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle in 2015 and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. The Smithsonian Museum exhibit, enhanced with items added by Haggin Museum, creates a complete display of her life and activism.
Her story is important history for several reasons. She is living history. We can meet and ask her questions, get her opinions, and hear her first hand experience for ourselves. She is important to women’s history, Mexican-American and migrant history, and lastly, she is Stockton’s history.
Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campo @HagginMuseum is on display through October 20, 2019. You can also dive deeper into the exhibit using the Dolores Huerta by Smithsonian Institution app. Plan a visit in person! Haggin Museum offers Free First Saturdays! That means 2 opportunities to see it #noexcuses in September and October!Tweet
How to relate Huerta’s life of advocacy with your family
The exhibit displays the time line of Huerta’s life in Stockton, CA through her early activism in the 1960’s with the organization of the Farm Workers Union to present day. When you realize this time is very recent, you can began to feel a part of the history. Can you remember hearing about the Farm Workers Union strike? Do you remember seeing it on the news? Do you remember seeing Huerta in the interviews?
For our children, they will better relate to this time line by learning about the life of their own grandmother and great grandmother. Take opportunities to start the conversation. You can start with general questions like, “What was life like when you were young?” “Where did you go to school?” “Where did you go to work?” Then ask questions relating to Dolores Huerta like, “Do you remember when there was a Farm Workers strike?” “Where were you when it happened?” “Do you remember hearing of Dolores Huerta?”
Connect her fight to today’s need for equality and social justice. Through the Dolores Huerta app she shares an early belief she learned that, “When you see someone who needs help, it’s your obligation to help them. Don’t wait for them to ask for help.” Today, we can easily look within our community, even our own families, and see their needs. If we are able to help, we should. It’s literally as simple as that. In what ways can you being to help in your community?