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Dear Maine: The Trials and Triumphs of Maine’s 21st Century Immigrants

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Dear Maine: The Trials and Triumphs of Maine’s 21st Century Immigrants via Zoom

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Continuing our 2022 focus of Immigration in the Midcoast region, Pejepscot History Center presents:

Dear Maine: The Trials and Triumphs of Maine’s 21st Century Immigrants

Speakers: Authors Reza Jalali, Executive Director, Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center; and Morgan Rielly, State Representative, House District 34

Thursday, February 10, Noon, via Zoom

Published in December by Islandport Press, the book Dear Maine recounts the experiences of twenty immigrants who have arrived in Maine over the past few decades. Compiled by Jalali, an Iranian Kurd and former refugee, and Rielly, a Bowdoin College graduate who worked abroad with Syrian and Iraqi refugees while a student, the stories featured in the book highlight how much recent immigrants to Maine have enriched their communities.

Jalali and Rielly will share some of the stories from the book and talk about we can embrace and support the New Mainers that have arrived in the Greater Brunswick area over the past couple of years, thereby weaving them into the historical narrative of immigration to the Pejepscot region. The book features black and white photographic portraits by Lilit Danielyan, originally from Armenia and Kazakhstan.

Image: Cover of "Dear Maine: The Trials and Triumphs of Maine’s 21st Century Immigrants" by Morgan Rielly and Reza Jalali.

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Pejepscot History Center is a non-profit, educational organization charged with preserving the collective heritage of Brunswick, Harpswell, and Topsham. The Society owns and operates the Joshua L. Chamberlain House Museum and the Skolfield-Whittier House, both of which are open to the public Memorial Day-Columbus Day. For further information please call the Center at 207.729.6606 or find us at www.pejepscothistorical.org.

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