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Remember Me to Lebanon: The Story of Early Arab American Immigrants to Boston
May 20, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Thursday, May 20th 5 pm
Price: free, w/ suggested donation
Registration: required at my.historicnewengland.org (click to register)
Description: Explore the history of Boston’s early Arab American community through the Arab American National Museum’s Evelyn Shakir Collection. Named for the daughter of first generation Lebanese immigrants in West Roxbury, Mass. who went on to earn a doctorate from Boston University, the collection includes stories Shakir wrote about the Lebanese women in her community as part of Bint Arab in 1997 and Remember Me to Lebanon in 2007. Using the extensive documents on Boston’s Lebanese and Syrian American community, Matthew Stiffler shares some of the personal stories and issues faced by this Boston immigrant community.
Matthew Stiffler is the research & content manager at the Arab American National Museum and a lecturer at the University of Michigan. In addition to his work at the museum, he leads a national research initiative through ACCESS, the largest Arab American community non-profit in the country, to secure better data about the Arab American community.