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Immigration & the Erie Canal

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Focus on Immigration and Refugee Resettlement

Here in Central New York, we have a rich history of welcoming people from other nations, from the building of the Erie Canal to the present day. The New Woodstock Free Library is proud to present the exhibit ‘Immigration & the Erie Canal’ from April 1st to 30th, 2024.  This exhibit spotlights groups of immigrants who travelled on the Erie Canal across New York and to points beyond. It also tells the story of the lives that they led and the work they did when they finally became Americans.

The exhibit is on loan from the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY, and consists of 14 large panels displayed throughout the library.

We are also pleased to announce ‘Coming from Afar: Personal Stories of Refugee Resettlement’ hosted by Cazenovia Welcomes Refugees on April 14th.  A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence.   A refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Most likely, they cannot return home or are afraid to do so.

Please join us for the exhibit in New Woodstock and attend the talk in Cazenovia. Both programs are free of charge and open to all.

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New Woodstock Free Library
2106 Main Street
P.O Box 340
New Woodstock, NY 13122
Phone: 315-662-3134
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