A traveling exhibit, “Lost Voices of Mariel,” will be on display at the Monroe County Local History Room through Saturday, March 28.
In 1980, the Mariel Boatlift brought 14,000 people to the refugee compound at Fort McCoy. This exhibit explores the lives of the Cuban refugees who began their journey in the U.S. here and how it impacted Monroe County.
A public history presentation entitled “Lost Voices of Mariel” will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the local history room. Panelists will share stories of refugees who began their journey here 40 years ago. Park Bank will sponsor the presentation.
The Monroe County Local History Room is at 200 W. Main St. in Sparta and is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/mclhr.