Brookline Immigration Stories


Roadmap to America: Brookline Immigration Stories – This event will be rescheduled from the original March 15th date due to the storm. Stay tuned for the new date!

Come share your family’s immigration stories with BIG

 

BIG is collaborating with Adam Strom, Director of Scholarship and Innovation, at Facing History and Ourselves who will host our March free speech event: “Roadmap to America: Brookline Immigration Stories.”

All Brookline residents are invited to come to BIG’s studios to share their family’s immigration stories. Stories will be recorded and shared via 360 video, virtual reality and shot in DSLRs for high quality distribution on BIG’s community cable and YouTube channels.

Strom, who has an extensive knowledge of American history and immigration patterns, will be conducting one-on-one interviews with each participant to explore the details of when their family members immigrated to the United States and their experience of traveling to and building a life in the United States. In addition to asking thoughtful questions, he will be able to provide insight into that time period of history and the historical context for people immigrating from that country at that time. The final projects will be uploaded to Brookline community cable and our YouTube channels. They will also be organized as a virtual reality/360 storytelling project.

Adam Strom, Director of Scholarship and Innovation, Facing History and Ourselves

To participate in this project, all Brookline community members are welcome to sign up for a 15 minute time slot. Due to the storm, we had to cancel the original March 15th date. We will have a new date scheduled soon, and also offer additional dates in late March and throughout the first week in April.

Whether you have recently immigrated to this country or have family roots that can be traced back to the 1600’s, you are welcome to participate. Furthermore, you may choose to share stories from one specific relative, the history from the different sides of your family, and anything in between. We realize that each family has a rich and unique story, and welcome the diversity of stories from this community.

BIG will film each of these interviews and create an individual video from each participant, and also use all the footage of each person sharing their stories to create a longer compilation video with portions of each contribution.

For questions about BIG’s immigration stories project, please contact Erin Kinney, Manager of Engagement and Education at erin@brooklineinteractive.org.