NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum, in partnership with the New Hanover County Public Library, has received a $1,300 award to present a six-week program series funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities entitled “Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience”. This series is a FREE public program featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions designed to encourage an informed conversation that explores diverse immigrant experiences in American history. Discussion of each film will be facilitated by either UNCW History Professor, Dr. Candace Bredbenner or Cape Fear Museum Historian, Dr. Jan Davidson.
The program will take place at the New Hanover County Main Library located at 201 Chestnut Street in downtown Wilmington. The flowing topics will be explored in the six-week series:
Sunday, February 3 at 2:30 PM: New York & The Jewish Americans
Sunday, February 10 at 2:30 PM: Welcome to Shelbyville
Sunday, February 17 at 2:30 PM: The New Americans
Sunday, February 24 at 2:30 PM: Destination America
Sunday, March 3 at 2:30 PM: My American Girls
Sunday, March 10 at 2:30 PM: The Search for General Tso
Cape Fear Museum is one of thirty-two sites nationwide selected to present this program series which is a project by City Lore in collaboration with the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. “Becoming American” has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. After the six-week series is shown, the main library branch will receive the grant provided copies of each film and they will become a part of the lending collection available to the public.
“We are pleased to participate in this public program and film series designed to engage the audience in exploring the history and impact of immigration in the United States,” noted Museum Director Sheryl Kingery Mays. “And we are appreciative to our New Hanover County colleagues for partnering with us to host each week’s film at the main library branch in downtown Wilmington.”
For more detailed descriptions of each film, visit http://becoming-american.org/the-films/.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market Street, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission will be FREE until further notice. Standard admission prices are $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.
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