Monday, April 14, 2008

In the Mailbox

Dear Friends,

City Lore and the Brooklyn Historical Society are hosting a free community discussion "Latino History in Brooklyn: Voices from the Puerto Rican Oral History Project 1974-1976" during the Mayor's Immigrant Heritage Week in New York City.

Sunday, April 20th, 3-5 p.m.
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
For more information, log on to Brooklyn Historical Society's website or call 718-419-4285 ext 233.

Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, so therefore are migrants and not immigrants, but they have encountered similar concerns as others who underwent the immigrant experience.

Puerto Rican community historian Ralph Mendez will present his collection of steamship artifacts and research about early-20th century migration from Puerto Rico to Brooklyn. City Lore's folklorist Elena Martinez will discuss audio clips from BHS's Puerto Rican Oral History Project collected in the early 1970s with narrators telling their steamship migration stories; and all will be complemented by a presentation of portraits of Puerto Rican pioñeros by Brooklyn photographer Tony Velez.

For information about the Mayor's Immigrant Heritage Week, visit or call 311.
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