Oral History Project in Memphis

Earlier this month, AANM staff attended the 2015 convention of the Southern Federation of Syrian and Lebanese American Clubs in Memphis to record oral histories and digitize family photographs for our Family History Archive. The event was a huge success, and we gathered stories from 13 families.

Participants before an interview

Participants before an interview

The stories were fascinating. Some stories were about growing up in the only Lebanese family in a small southern town, while others talked about the large Syrian/Lebanese communities in bigger cities – often formed around Maronite Catholic churches.  Most participants came as a pair and interviewed each other, so wives interviewed husbands, grandchildren interviewed grandparents and cousins interviewed each other. We are so thrilled to include these stories in our museum collection and make them accessible through our digital collections portal, AANM Collections Online.

This year’s oral histories won’t be ready until the fall, but in the meantime, you can watch the videos from last year here: Family History Archive of Syrian and Lebanese Families in the American South.

What kinds of stories would you tell about your family? Tell us in the comments below!

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