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TODAY: New Grout Museum exhibit about Bosnian community in Cedar Valley

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Today a new exhibit at the Grout Museum gives a closer look at the Bosnian community and culture in the Cedar Valley. 

It's called Bosnian Portraits: At Home in the Cedar Valley. 

The exhibit features antiques, artwork, clothing, books, and more. Everything in the exhibit belongs to people in the Cedar Valley. 

The exhibit shares stories off how refugees from Bosnia came to the Cedar Valley to escape a civil war in the 1990's. Many of the refugees came to America, and some ended up in larger cities nearby, such as Chicago or Saint Louis. It was difficult for them to find jobs in a new environment with a different language. 

At that time, IBP (Now known as Tyson) was going through a labor crisis. The meat packing industry hired refugees looking for work. 

The exhibit will be open from today until September 29, 2018.

The Grout Museum worked with the Bosnian-American Leadership Network of the Cedar Valley and the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. 

For more information about the exhibit, click here. 

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