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Pots of Promise

Mexicans and Pottery at Hull-House, 1920-40

Mexican artisans and their colony in Chicago

Pots of Promise delves into the Hull-House arts programs of the 1920s and 1930s and the pottery program at the commercial Hull-House Kilns. Four in-depth essays stand side-by-side with 131 color and black-and-white photographs, many of them previously unpublished, to reveal the untold story of Mexicans in the Hull-House colonia, at one time the largest Mexican settlement in Chicago.

Contributors: David A. Badillo, Cheryl R. Ganz, Peggy Glowacki, and Rick A. López


Cheryl R. Ganz is retired as the chief curator of philately at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. She was the curator and designer of the "Pots of Promise" exhibition for the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and is the author of The 1933 Chicago World's Fair: A Century of Progress. Margaret Strobel is the former director of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and professor emerita of gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her publications include European Women and the Second British Empire, Three Swahili Women: Life Histories from Mombasa, Kenya, and Muslim Women in Mombasa, 1890-1975. Vicki L. Ruiz is Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. She is the author of From Out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America.

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