'Becoming American' and 'My Journey' reception set
Join the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County at the Hjemkomst Center as they honor the second-round participants for My Journey, My Story, an auxiliary exhibit held in conjunction with the traveling exhibit, Becoming American: Teenagers & Immigration, on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m., with essay readings beginning at 3:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Becoming American: Teenagers & Immigration features 50 black-and-white portraits that capture first-generation immigrants and children of immigrants, revealing a diverse array of teenage responses to the immigrant experience. The exhibit is on display through March 9.
In addition, tbe Hjemkomst Center hosted a writing contest inviting local students (ages 13-19) to write an essay about their own experiences coming to or living in a country different from their parents' country of origin.
The prize winner from each participating school has her or his photo and essay included in My Journey, My Story, at the Hjemkomst Center, for the rest of the year.
The first-round winners were honored at the opening reception on Jan. 11.
A second deadline was added to encourage more students to participate.
A total of 25 students participated in the second round. The students will read from their essays at the reception on Feb. 26.
Becoming American: Teenagers & Immigration, Photographs by Barbara Beirne, was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).
The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of these public programs.