Friday, October 13, 2017

Emigration, Immigration and Family Stories

A Down Home Maine Presentation, followed by a Brown Bag Discussion – and a follow-up Potluck in November – a great heritage celebration!

Starting with Marcel Polak, with a Down Home Maine presentation on Tuesday, October 17, 4:30-6:00 pm at McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy: Marcel’s family immigrated to the U.S. when he was four years old. Through that lens, Marcel will tell his family stories of the 20th century in Poland, Romania, France, and Germany, including the murder of family members in the Holocaust, and will provide a history of immigration from Europe to the U.S.

The follow-up (but stand-alone) Brown Bag Lunch program on Thursday, October 19, 12:15-1:30 pm at the Bethel Inn Library: “Ethnicities: What’s your Family’s Story.” Participants will share stories of family immigration and other interesting family histories. You’re encouraged to bring artifacts if you want – and don’t forget your lunch.

Continuing the theme, the November Brown Bag Lunch program will be a Shared Heritage Potluck – Tuesday, November 14, 12:15-1:30 pm at the Moses Mason House. Participants should bring a dish to share, representing their family’s heritage. Anna Sysko, from DiCocoa’s Restaurant in Bethel, will be preparing some foods she learned from her Lithuanian and Polish grandparents and will comment on one or more of the dishes at the event. Participants may call Anna ahead of the event for suggestions on a representative meal – 207-450-2344.

For more information and to RSVP for Brown Bag Lunch, contact Liz Wooley (, 207-562-1089).

Down Home Maine and Brown Bag Lunch are sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College. The events are free to the public.