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Immigrant History

Immigrant Stories: Oral History Project
 Invitation to Participate

Group photo of patrons sharing stories for the Immigrant Stories Project at Cary Library in Lexington, MA Cary Memorial Library is creating a video-based oral history project titled Immigrant Stories of Lexington. We are seeking individuals who are willing to tell their stories about coming to the United States and share their thoughts about life in Lexington. Stories will be filmed and included in a video display featured on the Idea Wall (located on the main floor of the library) during May and June 2018. This video exhibit will pair with a two-month long, library-wide art exhibit by artist Wen-ti Tsen, whose paintings depict stories of immigration. Recordings will be edited to fit within the design of the exhibit. These videos will also be featured on our YouTube page and our website. We are looking to begin filming in mid-to-late January or early February 2018.

We encourage storytellers to invite a friend or relative to interview them. This will help make the interviews more natural and compelling. Alternatively, the library can provide an interviewer. Storytellers do not have to speak in English for the recordings. We want storytellers to communicate their stories in the language they’re the most comfortable speaking in. If an individual desires to tell their story in a language other than English, we may ask for assistance with translation. We will add English subtitles to stories recorded in other languages.

Photo of taped interview of patron sharing stories for the Immigrant Stories Project at Cary Library in Lexington, MA Some prompting questions may include:

  • Why did you leave your country of origin?
  • Why did you come to the United States?
  • What brought you to Lexington?
  • Did you come to this country alone or with others?
  • Do you visit your country of origin?
  • Do you intend to return to live in your country of origin one day?
  • In what ways are you involved with your community?
  • What is your vocation?
  • What are some of your passions or hobbies?

If you are interested in participating in this project, please respond with the following information.

Name of person being interviewed:
Age:
Country of Origin: 
Year Arrived in Lexington:
Name of interviewer (leave blank if you would like the Library to find an interviewer):

Language the interview be conducted in:
Best person to contact to set up the interview:
Best way to contact:
Brief Description of Your Story:


Please send completed information to caryprograms@minlib.net or contact the programming office by phone
at 781-862-6288 x84450.