Tuna Cannery Women of San Pedro, CA & the Los Angeles Harbor, 1930-1960 work ~ culture ~ community
At the heart of the canning process, women clean and fillet tuna at the French Sardine Cannery. Founded in 1917, the cannery became Star-Kist and grew to be the largest fish cannery in the world. ~ Bogdanovich Family Collection, permission pending
An Invitation & About the Exhibit THIS EXHIBIT IS AN INVITATION to see women, particularly from recent immigrant families, as integral parts of a successful western American commercial endeavor.
THE CANNERY WOMEN AT WORK EXHIBIT is separated into four sections with excerpts from oral histories included throughout:
CANNERY WOMEN AT WORK invites the viewer into the canneries;
COMMUNITY offers history of the area and places the canneries into a community;
CONSUMER & KITCHEN briefly discusses the impact of prepared food in post-World War II America; and
RESOURCES offers further reading, a classroom exercise, and introduces four former cannery employees.