Becoming American series of films and programs starting in June

Please join us for the upcoming “Becoming American” series of documentaries and discussions on immigration.  Every second Saturday of the month, from June through December, from 1-4 p.m. the St. Louis Public Library invites you to celebrate the history of immigration in America.

The series, which alternates between our Buder, Carpenter and Schlafly locations, explores a different facet of the immigration experience. Each screening will feature various items of interest including guest speakers, food or music.  The first program is on June 8 at Carpenter Library: “My American Girls,” follows hardworking immigrants living frugally in a multi-family house in Brooklyn. Prior to the movie, Jason Simmons will perform Caribbean music on steel drums. 

The entire schedule is as follows:

  • June 8 @ Carpenter Library – “My American Girls,” follows hardworking immigrants living frugally in a multi-family house in Brooklyn. Prior to the movie, Jason Simmons will perform Caribbean music on steel drums.
  • July 13 @ Carpenter Library – “Welcome to Shelbyville,” takes an in-depth look at discrimination in Shelbyville, a small Tennessee town in the heart of the Bible Belt.
  • August 10 @ Buder Library – “Century of Immigration.” Episode Four: “The Power and the People,” of the acclaimed PBS series “New York”, studies the great wave of immigration that began in the late 19th century. Genealogy presentation to follow.
  • September 14 @ Schlafly Library – “General Tso” explores the larger story of migration, adaptation and innovation in American popular culture.
  • October 12 @ Carpenter Library – “The Nigerians” explores the struggles of the Nwidor family as they make their way as new immigrants in America.
  • November 9 @ Schlafly Library –“The Jewish Americans” looks at the large Jewish population that immigrated to America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
  • December 14 @ Buder Library – “Destination America.” Episode One: “The Golden Door” explores the historical context for America’s longstanding, and sometimes, conflicted relationship with immigrant labor. Make a memory box after the film viewing.

No reservations are required. Call 314-539-0347 for more information or visit the Library’s events calendar. 

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