Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Linnell Camp to Be Focus of Tulare County Library Exhibit

Tulare County Library will be hosting 'Through a Compassionate Lens: Life in Linnell Camp, 1940s-60s,' a free exhibit, opening Tuesday, September 2.  The month long exhibit gives a glimpse into the lives of migrant men, women, and children living in the farm labor camp through a combination of photos and text.

The exhibition features reproductions of photos and slides taken by Julius "Jim" Stein, during his time as housing project manager of Linnell and Woodville camps.  Stein's photos are accompanied by details about the camps and first-hand accounts from people who lived there, giving a snapshot into life in the camps during its early years. All photos and slides are from the Library's Annie R. Mitchell History Room collection, and information for the exhibit is derived from oral histories and primary source materials, especially local newspaper articles.

Through a Compassionate Lens: Life in Linnell Camp, 1940s-60s, runs from Tuesday, September 2 until Thursday, October 2, 2014. The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of the Visalia Branch Library, and is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 1:00pm - 5:00pm.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit with light refreshments on Wednesday, September 3, in the upstairs Blue Room at the Visalia Library from 6:00pm - 7:30pm.  The public is invited to attend.

Please contact Lisa Raney at 559.713.2723 with any questions. The Visalia Branch Library is located at 200 W. Oak Ave., Visalia CA 93291.