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The Arab American National Museum launched the Family History Archive of Syrian and Lebanese Families in the American South at the 2014 convention of the Southern Federation of Syrian-Lebanese American Clubs (SFSLAC) in Houston, TX. The museum continued the project at the 2015 and 2016 conventions.

 

For the project, the AANM invited participants to bring in family photographs and documents to be digitized and record oral histories about their family journeys in and through the American South. The current collection is comprised of 36 recorded oral histories and includes former Federation presidents, board members, and elders. As the 2015 convention was a joint event with the Midwest Federation of American-Syrian Lebanese Clubs, the collection also includes stories from Midwest members. The format for the interviews follows the StoryCorps model, as relatives converse about their family history, recalling memories of immigrants who first came to the U.S as well as telling stories of their own lives. 

 

The launch of the Family History Archive coincides with the AANM’s expansion of its program to document and preserve the stories and artifacts of Arabic-speaking immigrants and their American descendants. These collections inform researchers, scholars, and ethnic institutions about the rich and diverse history of the many generations of Arab immigrants who have made their home in the United States. The AANM is grateful to the SFSLAC for its cooperation in the launch of this archive. 

 

Watch the video below to see clips from all the oral histories recorded in 2014 in Houston: 

 

 

 

 

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2014 Families 

Abercia Family                                                 Mansour Family

Hamra and Samaha Family                                 McCoul Family

Jamail Family                                                    Mowad Family

Johary and Lakkis Family                                     Rossie Family

Karem Family                                                       Skaff Family

Malouf Family                                                                                             

 

 2015 Families 

Ashker Family                                                     Katool Family

Gattas Family                                                  Samaha Family

Gormanous Family                                           Shaheen Family

Haddad Family                                                 Shikany Family

Joseph Family                                                   Sirgany Family

Karam Family (Richard and Ernest)                        Skaff Family

 

2016 Families

Ashker Family                                                  Bashara Family

Bosby & Edd Families                                         Gentry Family

Habeeb Family                                                     Herro Family

Hourany Family (Gail)                              Horany Family (John)

Jones Family                                          Karam Family (Albert)

Katool Family                                               Megginson Family

Rustom Family                                                   Sconci Family

                                                                          

 
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