Bracero Hat, about 1957

Savas Zahvala Castro wore this hat when he was a bracero working in California.
The Emergency Farm Labor Program, or the Bracero Program (1942-1964), recruited two million Mexican nationals to come to the United States on short-term labor contracts. Some returned to Mexico; others stayed in the U.S. to work, marry, or start new lives and advanced, using the knowledge they gained while in the U.S. These settlements of Mexican, Mexican American migrants eventually formed thriving communities in the U.S.
Object Name
used date
Castro, Savas Zavala
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
thread (overall material)
overall: 37.5 cm x 33.5 cm x 12 cm; 14 3/4 in x 13 3/16 in x 4 3/4 in
place made
United States: California
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Cultures & Communities
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food: Transforming the American Table, 1950-2000
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of the Ramierez Zavala Family

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