UNK Interviews Central Nebraskan Immigrants for Exhibit, Coming to Grand Island this Weekend

Aug. 27, 2021, 11:12 a.m. ·

Esthefany is wearing a red dress. The photo has a graphic with her name, town, and home country.
Esthefany was interview for the compilation of stories. She is the first in her family to go to college. (Photo courtesy of 'Coming to the Plains' Instragram)

Videos and banners highlighting stories of Central Nebraska immigrants are showing at Grand Island Public Library this weekend. University of Nebraska-Kearney staff and students interviewed 20 Latinx immigrants over two years.

Michelle Warren with the university said the exhibit was created to stop the stigma and tell the truth about people immigrating to Nebraska.

“Immigrants generally are here and hard-working and have very interesting stories to tell about how they came,” she said. “We hoped to offer something that would elevate their stories to an artistic level.”

Warren said the exhibit allows people who don’t know the stories first-hand to experience them on a human level.

Following its time at Grand Island’s library, the exhibit will be at Grand Island High School for a day. Then, the University of Nebraska at Omaha hosts the stories at their library, followed by a full viewing at the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln.

The videos and banners are bilingual. For more information on the exhibit, visit https://comingtotheplains.org/.