The Latino Experience in Willimantic: Four Videos

A Joint Project of Eastern Connecticut State University and the Mill Museum, 2013

In 1955, people from Puerto Rico and elsewhere in Latin America began coming to Willimantic seeking jobs, following family, and looking for a better way of life. By the beginning of the 21st century, Latinos comprised about a third of Willimantic’s population. Here is the story of that migration, told through four videos: religion, politics, history of labor migration, and culture. The videos were created by Eastern Connecticut State University and Professor Ricardo Perez to accompany an exhibit at the Mill Museum, and were funded by the ECSU Foundation. (Click the play arrow to open the video, then use the menu icon in the upper right hand corner to get the four-video playlist.)