The Rosemary Hakim reigned as the first “Miss Lebanon-America” in 1954, which earned her a months-long trip to Lebanon as an official guest of the Lebanese government, serving as a cultural ambassador from the Arab American community. Her unpublished memoir details her journey to her homeland and the copious amounts of press coverage …
May Assaff grew up in West Roxbury, Massachusetts and joined the Women’s Army Corps, the women’s auxiliary of the U.S. Army, during World War II. Many people considered it to be quite daring for a woman to join the WACs, as it was called, but Assaff was encouraged by her mother. She was stationed in Tallahassee and taught secretarial …
Evelyn Catherine Shakir grew up in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of first generation Lebanese Americans Hannah and Wadie Shakir and grew up in a community largely comprised of Lebanese immigrants. As a result, she held a special fondness for those that shared her family’s culture. She had a passion for writing and …
This collection includes photographs and documents that tell the life story of A. Joseph Howar, a significant Arab American businessman and developer.
Joseph Howar was born Mohammad Issa Abu Al Hawa around 1879 in Palestine and arrived in America as Abraham Joseph Howar in 1904. Like many new immigrants, he began working as a …
The Family Story Digital Scrapbooks Collection contains short videos in which participants use photos, documents, artifacts and their own voice tell a story about their family. The goal of the project is to place the creation of museum content directly in the hands of Arab Americans in order to capture the diversity of the Arab …
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