Arab American History

Patriots & Peacemakers in Washington, D.C.

November 30, 2014 Arab American History, Museums

The Arab American National Museum was honored to present the Patriots & Peacemakers exhibit at the Russell Senate Office Building Rotunda in Washington, D.C during the week of Veterans Day. Speaking to this, we were able to showcase the dedication of Arab Americans who have served our country in the heart of our nation’s capital; such a fitting and deserving way to recognize their contributions and heroism. The opening reception—on November 12 in the majestic Kennedy Caucus Room—was an amazingRead More

Arab American Patriots & Peacemakers Honored with Capitol Hill Exhibition

November 11, 2014 Arab American History, Museums

Veterans Day holiday coincides with historic Arab American Nat’l Museum presentation Nov. 10-14 at Russell Senate Office Bldg. America’s only museum celebrating the Arab American experience is bringing an original exhibition on public service to Capitol Hill in time for Veterans Day on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country will be on public display in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building, 2 Constitution Ave. NE, Monday, Nov. 10 through Friday,Read More

Arab American Foodways via the Southern Foodways Alliance

February 14, 2014 Arab American History

The Southern Foodways Alliance has some excellent oral history interviews with several descents of Arab immigrants to the U.S. within their collection. Here is a sampling: Mary Louise Nosser Mary Louise Nosser is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Her parents, John and Effie Nosser, immigrated to Vicksburg from the Mount Lebanon region of Syria (now Lebanon) just after World War I. In 1924 John opened a small grocery store on Washington Street. A year later, he married Effie, and theyRead More

Arab Americans in Search of Their Family History

January 1, 2013 Arab American History, Media

Jeff Karoub, a Michigan-based reporter for the Associated Press, just published an excellent article titled, After a century, US Arabs look for pieces of past. As the title suggests, the article explores the difficulties in tracing the (factual) histories of Arab families that settled in the United States prior to 1924. Karoub draws upon his own frustrations of researching his family’s history in metropolitan Detroit. The article speaks to many of the challenges we face when conducting research on ArabRead More

“Little Syria” featured on PRI’s The World

January 21, 2012 Arab American History, Media, Work

The AANM’s Little Syria project is picking up steam. We’re wrapping up the RFP process with exhibit designers, our curatorial staff is conducting research and collecting objects for the forthcoming exhibit, and the media is covering the story. We’re off to a good start. Be sure to like the Little Syria Exhibit

Before the Spring | 2011 Arab Film Festival

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Come check out the annual Arab Film Festival at the Arab American National Museum. This year’s festival, Before The Spring: Alternative Arab Cinema from 2005 to Today, explores films that were produced leading up to the “Arab Spring.” The festival was curated by our friends at ArteEast. You can read more about the festival over at the HuffPost Detroit.

2011 DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts

This weekend, the Arab American National Museum is hosting its fourth installation of DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts. We’re excited to be taking this biennial arts convening out of Michigan for the first time. This year we’re partnering with Alwan for the Arts, the Middle East and Middle East American Center (MEMEAC) at the City University of New York, and FEN Magazine to host the event in New York City. Similar to years past, there is a great rosterRead More

The Mother Colony: New York’s Little Syria

November 24, 2010 Arab American History, Museums, Work

Last week I mentioned that I was in the process of conducting research on New York’s Little Syria neighborhood that existed along Washington Street during the late 19th and early 20th centuries (please see: Before Park51: Arab Americans in New York’s Little Syria). I’m pleased with how things are progressing thus far. I made contact with Redux Pictures, the archive for historical images from the New York Times, regarding seven photos that accompanied the 1899 article, New York’s Syrian Quarter.Read More

Coming Soon: Arab American Heritage Month

November 18, 2010 Arab American History

On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, Michigan State Representative Rashida Tlaib (D, 12th District) introduced House Bill 6555. The bill, co-sponsored by 24 other state representatives, would designate the month of April as Arab-American Heritage Month in Michigan. I applaud the 25 representatives for introducing and supporting this measure. The Arab American community’s presence in Michigan has a rich history extending back over 100 years. Michigan has the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the United States and the second largestRead More

An Archival Treasure: Lewis Hine’s Photographs of Phoebe Thomas

November 17, 2010 Arab American History, Work

Yesterday, while conducting research for our project on New York’s Little Syria, I stumbled upon a great sequence of photographs by the renowned sociologist and photographer Lewis Hine. In addition to producing numerous iconic photos of the construction of New York’s skyline, Hine’s photographic work was instrumental in helping to reform child labor laws. My research revealed a startling discovery: Hine captured a series of photographs in 1911 that show a momentary glimpse into the life of an Arab AmericanRead More