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Lecture on Angel Island

"Preserving Immigrant Detention: Angel Island as Case Study"

by Professor Monica Pelayo
Friday, December 9th, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Old North Church | 193 Salem St, Boston
Co-sponsored by the Old North Foundation

Between 1910 and 1940, Angel Island served as an immigration station in the San Francisco bay area. Unlike its East Coast counterpart, Angel Island was specifically constructed to detain and interrogate Asian immigrants attempting to enter the country. After the federal government stopped using the site, local Asian American activists lobbied to have it preserved as a symbol of immigrant history. This lecture will survey the strategies that these public historians used to retell this history. At the center of their efforts lay the question—how can public historians interpret the site for audiences who only know about Ellis Island?

Join Monica Pelayo and Susan Chinsen of CHSNE immediately following the lecture for a reception and community conversation focused on historical sites like Old North and how they tell their own immigrant stories. What are our responsibilities to our community?
Monica Pelayo is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she also serves as the Director of the Public History Track in the History Master's program. Her research focuses on research primarily deals with issues of race, immigration, and American collective memory. She is currently working on a book-length study, “Narrating A Nation of Immigrants: Race, Memory and Cultural Policy in Cold War America." 
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New in 2016
CHSNE's Online Resources
We completed a lot of digital projects in 2016! In addition to redesigning our entire website, CHSNE partnered with local institutions and community members to create online exhibitions, resources, and ways to connect. Here are our three largest online accomplishments this year:
CHSNE partnered with Suffolk’s Moakley Archive & Institute Digital Collections and Mass Humanities to create a summary document, inventory, and translation of the archive of Harry Hom Dow—the first Chinese-American to pass the Massachusetts Bar exam. Be sure to check out the digital exhibit!
Learn more about Dow and his archive
In a partnership with Tufts' Tisch College and Mass Humanities, CHSNE created These Words: A Century of Printing, Writing, and Reading in Boston’s Chinese Community. The public exhibition is over, but the images and captions are still available on our website. 
Discover local histories of printing, reading, and writing
Through maps, photographs, and personal stories, the Boston Chinatown Atlas tells the stories of Chinatown’s history, dynamics, and context. This collaborative project is now online after 10+ years of research!
Explore Boston's Chinatown—then and now
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CHSNE is a membership-based 501(c)(3)non-profit organization dedicated solely to documenting, preserving, and promoting the history and legacy of Chinese immigration in New England. Please consider becoming a member or donating to help cover our projects and operating expenses. 
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