Share your family's migration story


John Motley, Jr. Nightlife, 1943

By Anne Miskewitch, West Town Branch Manager, Chicago Public Library

Curators at the Art Institute of Chicago will visit the West Town branch library March 7, looking for people to record their oral histories.

A 6pm lecture at the library is based on a new Art Institute exhibit, "They Seek a City: Chicago and the Art of Migration, 1910–1950," opening March 3. Paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and decorative arts from foreign- and Southern-born artists trace Chicago's waves of migration.

What's really special and unique about this program is the invitation to stay and share your stories of cultural assimilation here in Chicago or in the U.S. It would be wonderful to get some of our community neighbors to share with us their life story.

Other March events at the library, 1625 W. Chicago Ave., include a homebrew demonstration, tax advice on college education and a book-group discussion of Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts.

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