The Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg is hosting an exhibit produced by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities on the history of immigration in the state of Virginia.
Titled “New Virginians: 1619-2019 and Beyond”, the exhibit explores the historical and continuous journey of foreign-born Virginians who have made the state their home.
The exhibit includes a series of interviews with first generation immigrants and refugees who arrived in Virginia after 1976, a series of interpretive panels that use information to explore the complexity of the immigrant and refugee experience, and two kiosks that offer access to additional materials including complete interviews.
Zach Hottel, the archivist at the Shenandoah County Library, said this is the first time the library is hosting the exhibit.
“It is a new exhibit that is designed to help our communities better understand the impact foreign-born Virginians are having on public education, politics, the economy, our shared historical narrative, and social fabric of our state,” he said.
Hottel said the exhibition is a rare opportunity for residents to learn about immigration from the people who have made the journey to Virginia and their impact on our communities and the state of Virginia.
“The Shenandoah County Library is committed to providing educational opportunities to county residents through our collection and programs,” he said. “We felt this exhibit fit perfectly with this mission because it offers an opportunity for our community to learn more about this topic and the changing demographics of the commonwealth.”
The free exhibit opened to the public on Tuesday and will run through March 7 during regular library hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.