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America on the Move
Collection Exhibition Themes
Transportation in America before 1876 Community Dreams: Santa Cruz, California, 1876 Delivering the Goods: Watsonville, California, 1895 A Streetcar City: Washington, D.C., 1900 The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s Crossing the Country: Somewhere in Wyoming, 1903 Americans Adopt the Auto Lives on the Railroad: Salisbury, North Carolina, 1927 The People's Highway: Route 66, 1930s-1940s Roadside Communities: Ring's Rest, Muirkirk, Maryland, 1930s Family Camping: York Beach, Maine, 1930s On the School Bus: Martinsburg, Indiana, 1939 Suburban Strip: Sandy Boulevard, Portland, Oregon, 1949 City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s On the Interstate: I-10, 1956-1990 Transforming the Waterfront: San Francisco and Oakland, California, 1960-1970 Going Global: Los Angeles Introduction H. Nelson Jackson: Immigrant, Migrant, Adventurer, Traveler Harry Bridges: Immigrant, Adventurer, Traveler Mary Johnson Sprow: Migrant, Commuter Fred and Maryann Knoche: Commuters, Errand Runners, Vacationers Juana Gallegos Valadez: Immigrant, Traveler
People on the Move

Enter a contemplative space, and examine the stories of individuals whose lives were shaped by the journeys they took. Portraits of immigrants, migrants and commuters show the importance of mobility to American culture. If you visit the exhibition in the museum, you may enter your family roots into an interactive designed to bring the nation’s immigrant history to life, and consider the differences in immigrants’ border experiences over time.

View from the exhibition
View from the exhibition

American Journeys

The history of this nation has been shaped by the journeys of people who have come to the United States, migrated within its boundaries, and even by those who returned to their native lands. Travel changed their lives and influenced communities and culture. Share a few of their stories. See how your family’s experiences compare to those of others.

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