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Sharing Stories is Focus of Museum's New Exhibit

Daily Democrat (Woodland, CA), September 9, 2004


The California State History Museum announces the opening of a new exhibit, "Together We Speak."The exhibit uses the power of storytelling to bring Californians together to reflect on one of the most controversial topics: immigration.

Focusing on the oral histories of immigrant elders living in the Central Valley, the project explores the immigration experience from the 1940s to today.

The exhibit and forum will highlight the elders' stories about why they came, their former homelands, their traditions, their struggles and triumphs, and their shared future.

The Central Valley is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in our nation, home to scores of immigrant and migrant groups. By 2010, experts say that 70 percent of residents will be foreign-born or children of foreign-born immigrants. "This diversity enriches us but it can create misconceptions and distrust if people lack ways to connect and understand one another," states Jesikah Maria Ross, project director for "Together We Speak."

Ross points out "one of the best ways to learn about each other is by sharing stories."

Subjects Covered: diversity training, education, personal storytelling

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