Artifact Walls - Mexican Revolution! American Legacy
About the artifact walls
Artifact walls, consisting of 275 linear feet of glass-fronted cases lining the first and second floor center core, highlight the depth and breadth of the collections and convey that the Museum collects, studies and exhibits objects from our nation's rich and diverse history. The display is part of the special cases within the museum’s Artifact Walls that highlight anniversaries, new acquisitions to the collections and research findings.
About this case
In 2010, Mexico celebrates the centennial of the start of the Mexican Revolution, an uprising that impacted the social, economic, and political life of both Mexico and the United States. U.S. military action in Mexico, along with U.S. control of railroads and many natural resources, helped fuel the political and revolutionary leaders’ fight for support of the people and command of their country. The turmoil led to a large migration of Mexicans seeking work and refuge to the north, creating thriving communities across the United States. The figures and ideals of the revolution become prominent during the growth of Mexican American political and social movements in the 1960s.
The case features:
- Post cards depicting "Capture of Vera Cruz," 1914
- Photo album showing camp life and soldier's interactions with Mexicans, 1916-17
- Bowl from Hull House in Chicago, 1927-37
- United Farm Workers poster, 1976
- Candle depicting Pancho Villa, 1990