Denny Lecture: The Unwanted but Indispensable Mexican Railroad Workers of WWII


Tuesday June 8


7:00 PM  –  8:30 PM

Join Dr. Erasmo C. Gamboa to hear the unpublished stories of the federal Bracero railroad track program. This often-forgotten program brought Mexican workers to the Pacific Northwest during World War II to work on the railroads by promising jobs, adequate wages, and improved living conditions. To the dismay of the Braceros and their families in Mexico, these promises by the U.S. and Mexican governments, and companies such as the Great Northern, were largely unfulfilled. In Dr. Gamboa’s special presentation of his new research, hear the unique and personal stories of the individuals who helped to keep vital northwest war trains rolling.

The annual Denny Lecture, named in honor of a founding family of Seattle, presents the very best in regional historical scholarship, recognizing an individual who is making a difference in the community and beyond through an exploration of history.

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