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An Arab American Christmas Story

One of my favorite activities to do with a tour group at the AANM is to take them into our Making an Impact exhibit, gather them around a case with an opaque glass cover, and tell them about Robert George. … Continue reading

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Researcher’s Visit Proves Invaluable to Dissertation

The following blog post was written by Martina Koegeler-Abdi. She received the 2015 Evelyn Abdalah Menconi Travel Grant to visit the Arab American National Museum and conduct research. Koegeler-Abdi describes her experience in this post. Learn more about the 2016 … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween with Kathy Najimy

How do you celebrate Halloween? One of my favorite Halloween traditions is to sit down with a bowl of popcorn and watch Hocus Pocus, the 1993 movie about three witches from Salem, Massachusetts who come back to life to terrorize … Continue reading

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Artifacts as Memories of Home

We recently received a very interesting collection from a donor in Houston, Texas. The collection consists of three large photographs from Syria and Palestine, brought to the U.S. by a family that immigrated in the 1960s. Two of the photographs … Continue reading

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The Youth//Dhallinyarada

At the end of July, we opened a new exhibit in one of our temporary galleries. The Youth//Dhallinyarada is a photography exhibition by Mohamed Mumin featuring the stories and photographs of 13 Somali American men living in Minneapolis. The goal … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Happy 10th Anniversary, AANM

Did you know the Arab American National Museum turned 10 years old this month? We’ve had 10 years of fascinating exhibits and exciting events in our building, and we are celebrating this whole year! Learn more about our many upcoming events … Continue reading

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Casey Kasem and Scooby Doo

Happy Birthday to Casey Kasem! Kasem, who sadly passed away last summer, was born Kemal Amen Kasem in Detroit on April 27 in 1932. He was born to Lebanese Druze parents who had immigrated to Michigan. He grew up interested … Continue reading

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Spring Break at the AANM

Guest post by Jharina Pascual, 2nd year master’s  student from the University of Michigan School of Information. Jharina volunteered in the AANM curatorial department from March 2-6, 2015 as a part of an Alternative Spring Break program. My Facebook page was already beginning to … Continue reading

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‘Detroit to Baghdad: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here’ Exhibition

Last weekend we opened the exhibition Detroit to Baghdad: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, in partnership with the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition. On March 5, 2007 a car bomb destroyed part of Baghdad’s book selling district on Al-Mutanabbi Street. About 30 people … Continue reading

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