socioeconomic

Where Is Everybody Running Away To?

“The potential in Gary was and still is tremendous.” Edited by Welcome Project Intern Ella Speckhard Transcript for Where Is Everyone Running Away To? Everything was changing so fast. It was changing too fast. Everybody can adjust to change, but it just seemed like it happened overnight. But the physical town changed. And then, when […]

The Patch

“Anybody who was not well-connected, you go to the Patch.” Edited by Welcome Project Intern Ella Speckhard Transcript for The Patch My grandmother, my mother’s mother, was a twin. And they left Poland and they didn’t speak English. They had a note on their—pinned to their thing: Chicago. And so, they, you know, landed in […]

Repatriation Movement

“From 1929 to 1939 the United States and communities across the United States engaged in a repatriation movement of Mexican nationals.” Historian Emiliano Aguilar, doctoral student Northwestern University Transcript for Repatriation Movement So from 1929 to 1939 the United States and communities across the United States engaged in a repatriation movement of Mexican nationals. And […]

Pick Up That Slack

“The tradition of the mutual aid society dates all the way back to the earliest days of the Mexican colonies in Indiana Harbor and Gary, Indiana.” Historian Emiliano Aguilar, doctoral student Northwestern University Transcript for Pick Up That Slack TITLE CARD: In 1956, two groups, the Benito Juarez Society and the Cuauhtemoc Society, merged to […]

We Were Them

“Wow, it happened to me, it could happen to anybody.” This story is from the Invisible Project, a collaboration between the Welcome Project and Porter County Coalition for Affordable Housing, Housing Opportunities, Gabriel’s Horn, Dayspring Women’s Center, and Porter County Museum. Transcript for We Were Them Speaker 1: What we’re doing here is very outside […]

Tailspin

“Her income changed just the slightest bit and… it just kicked the underpinnings right out from under us.” This story is from the Invisible Project, a collaboration between the Welcome Project and Porter County Coalition for Affordable Housing, Housing Opportunities, Gabriel’s Horn, Dayspring Women’s Center, and Porter County Museum. Transcript for Tailspin Speaker 2: When […]

Seeking Some Level of Normalcy

“Just because you’re homeless doesn’t mean you have to surrender humanity.” This story is from the Invisible Project, a collaboration between the Welcome Project and Porter County Coalition for Affordable Housing, Housing Opportunities, Gabriel’s Horn, Dayspring Women’s Center, and Porter County Museum. Transcript for Seeking Some Level of Normalcy Speaker 1: It’s about, I think, […]

Mexican Colonies

“You have a delightful mix of people starting over fresh and I think the notion was that, ‘We are Mexican. We will always be Mexican first and maybe American second.’” Nicole Martinez-LeGrand, Multicultural Collections Coordinator, Library and Archives Division, Indiana Historical Society. Transcript for Mexican Colonies So, this is my mother’s side of the family. […]

The Other Side of Life

“Had it not been for this gentleman here, I would have much easier graduated from reform school than high school.” Produced by Rich Elliott with interviews recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our […]