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WestportREADS 2019 Exhibit Opens: Liberty To Set Down: Immigrants and Migrants in Westport

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The Westport Historical Society explores how immigrants have long woven the fabric of the town in its exhibit "Liberty To Set Down: Immigrants and Migrants in Westport, Connecticut." From its earliest settlement in 1648 in the parish of Greens Farms, the area that was to become Westport has been a crossroads of cultural expression. Westport’s immigration story began with the first Europeans who wrested the land from Native People to the forced immigration of enslaved Africans to the later waves of Irish, German, Italian and Polish immigrants of the 19th-century to a wide and varied immigration story of the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Location: Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place

Dan Woog's 06880 article, "We’re All Immigrants. Westport Historical Society Wants To Know How We Got Here."

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  • Maids At Laurence Estate (Longshore): In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Irish immigrant women often worked as domestic servants at Westport’s great estates, as did African Americans who came to the area as part of the Great Migration from the South.
  • Immigrant Laborers Work on the Saugatuck Railroad Bridge Expansion: Italian immigrants from the Saugatuck area were among those who worked on an expansion project in 1905 for the railroad bridge over the river. The bridge is still in use today.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2019: Collection Event for Share Your Story: Virtual Exhibit of Westport’s Origins

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In collaboration with the Westport Historical Society, the Library is helping to create a virtual exhibit that celebrates Westport’s immigrant past, present and future by offering a visual representation of the patchwork history of our town, which becomes richer and more vibrant with every new person that enters it.

While virtual exhibit will launch in mid-January. We will begin accepting submissions...

We invite everyone to share their story—how did your family get here? Submissions could include some of the following: photos of first generation Westporters, ancestral family members who immigrated to the area and photos of relevant land or objects. Copies of documents, like a census or ship manifest, would also be a great submission. Every submission should have a visual component, as well as a written component that explains the picture and your family’s journey. The statement must be no more than one page in length. We are accepting scanned or photographed copies of handwritten statements, as well as typed statements. All members of our community are welcome to participate! 

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2019: Explore Your Genealogy

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Learn how to research your family background using library databases, Ancestry and Heritage Quest. Best practices for virtual and in-person research will be explained so you can go and find your roots!

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

 

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WestportREADS 2019: The Refugee Experience

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A Syrian refugee family describe their immigrant journey. Three years ago, Westporters sponsored a Syrian family and helped them migrate to the area. Learn what emigration is from this family and how their story enriches ours.

Partners: TEAM Westport & the Westport/Weston Interfaith Council

Location: The Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Avenue

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

 

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WestportREADS 2019: Discussion of "Exit West"

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Discuss the WestportREADS selection Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, an award-winning novel that follows two refugees who, against all odds, find life and love on the run.

Location: Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East

To request a discussion leader for your group, contact Kathleen Malloy at kmalloy [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

From the New York Times, "New & Noteworthy" section, 11/6/18: “As a White House correspondent specializing in foreign policy, I’ve written dozens of stories about how the United States confronts — or more often, fails to confront — the horrors of civil war in Syria, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere. Mohsin Hamid’s slender novel EXIT WEST takes the geopolitics out of war completely — it doesn’t even name the country being ravaged — and views it purely through the lens of a young couple, Nadia and Saeed, who fall in love among the ruins. The language is spare and unsentimental; Hamid follows the young couple to bleak refugee camps in Mykonos, London and Marin County, Calif. (he names those places, sketching out a dystopian portrait of a world coping with a mass-migration future). Nadia and Saeed are brave, heartbreaking and utterly credible. But they make their journey around the world by passing through mysterious black doorways — an abrupt turn to magical realism that has left some readers puzzled. I think it captures how quickly, in an era of mass mobility and digital communications, the victims of distant wars can end up on the West’s doorstep.”—Mark Landler, White House Correspondent 

WestportREADS is an annual program dedicated to strengthening
the community through the shared experience of a book.

WestportREADS 2019 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman. 

 


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WestportREADS 2019: Collection Event for Share Your Story: Virtual Exhibit of Westport’s Origins

Please see full event listing for date.

In collaboration with the Westport Historical Society, the Library is helping to create a virtual exhibit that celebrates Westport’s immigrant past, present and future by offering a visual representation of the patchwork history of our town, which becomes richer and more vibrant with every new person that enters it.

While virtual exhibit will launch in mid-January. We will begin accepting submissions...

We invite everyone to share their story—how did your family get here? Submissions could include some of the following: photos of first generation Westporters, ancestral family members who immigrated to the area and photos of relevant land or objects. Copies of documents, like a census or ship manifest, would also be a great submission. Every submission should have a visual component, as well as a written component that explains the picture and your family’s journey. The statement must be no more than one page in length. We are accepting scanned or photographed copies of handwritten statements, as well as typed statements. All members of our community are welcome to participate! 

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2019: Collection Event for Share Your Story: Virtual Exhibit of Westport’s Origins

Please see full event listing for date.

In collaboration with the Westport Historical Society, the Library is helping to create a virtual exhibit that celebrates Westport’s immigrant past, present and future by offering a visual representation of the patchwork history of our town, which becomes richer and more vibrant with every new person that enters it.

While virtual exhibit will launch in mid-January. We will begin accepting submissions...

We invite everyone to share their story—how did your family get here? Submissions could include some of the following: photos of first generation Westporters, ancestral family members who immigrated to the area and photos of relevant land or objects. Copies of documents, like a census or ship manifest, would also be a great submission. Every submission should have a visual component, as well as a written component that explains the picture and your family’s journey. The statement must be no more than one page in length. We are accepting scanned or photographed copies of handwritten statements, as well as typed statements. All members of our community are welcome to participate! 

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2019: Migration Today in the Sweep of History

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Why do people move? Is migrating an inherent instinct or would history tell us that humans gravitate to a sedentary lifestyle?

The United Nations Association Southwest CT will explore the richness of global culture that results with migrations in this discussion moderated by Alex Anvari. Whether your life is lived in one place— or that every generation of your ancestors had a migration, immigration or emigration story among their intimates—your experience of life will dramatically vary based on interactions with people on the move. In the spirit of WestportREADS, this will be a community conversation on why people move, how these migrations effect ecosystems and policies countries (and subunits) implement related to migrations. This discussion of the themes novelized by Mohsin Hamid in Exit West will raise awareness of our shared interest that a well-designed and executed immigration framework also be multi-lateral-compatible.

Azrah Karim Rajput is a senior policy analyst and expert on international migration policies from the United Nations International Office on Migration OIM. OIM, established in 1951, works with 169 member states and 8 observer states, along with numerous international and non-governmental organizations, to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration.

Robert Riggs is a scholar who has researched, taught, and written about forced migrations, conflict, and the transformation of sectarian identities in the recent history in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. He will present the historical context of movement and mixing of peoples, ideas and technologies. War, strife, persecution, work, weather, and even boredom are all part of the story.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Location: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Partner: United Nations Association Southwest CT

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Family Art Exploration of WestportREADS Themes

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Explore the themes of immigration, cultures and magical doors portrayed in works of art in this program designed to build skills in observation, critical thinking, vocabulary and art appreciation. Elementary school age & up. Register online.

Community partner: Creative Connections

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

 

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WestportREADS: Neighbors & Newcomers Discussion of "Exit West"

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Join Neighbors & Newcomers to discuss the WestportREADS selection Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, an award-winning novel that follows two refugees who, against all odds, find life and love on the run. Light refreshments served.

Partner: Neighbors & Newcomers of Westport

To request a discussion leader for your group, contact Kathleen Malloy at kmalloy [at] westportlibrary [dot] org.

From the New York Times, "New & Noteworthy" section, 11/6/18: “As a White House correspondent specializing in foreign policy, I’ve written dozens of stories about how the United States confronts — or more often, fails to confront — the horrors of civil war in Syria, Yemen, Libya and elsewhere. Mohsin Hamid’s slender novel EXIT WEST takes the geopolitics out of war completely — it doesn’t even name the country being ravaged — and views it purely through the lens of a young couple, Nadia and Saeed, who fall in love among the ruins. The language is spare and unsentimental; Hamid follows the young couple to bleak refugee camps in Mykonos, London and Marin County, Calif. (he names those places, sketching out a dystopian portrait of a world coping with a mass-migration future). Nadia and Saeed are brave, heartbreaking and utterly credible. But they make their journey around the world by passing through mysterious black doorways — an abrupt turn to magical realism that has left some readers puzzled. I think it captures how quickly, in an era of mass mobility and digital communications, the victims of distant wars can end up on the West’s doorstep.”—Mark Landler, White House Correspondent 

WestportREADS is an annual program dedicated to strengthening
the community through the shared experience of a book.

WestportREADS 2019 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman. 

 


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