Troy Historic Village Lectures Explore the Many Cultures within Troy


(Troy, MI) – January 9, 2012 - Our region is home to many cultures from around the globe.  The Troy Historical Society presents a unique lecture series for 2012 on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm to explore some of these ethnic groups.  Speakers will present their stories and explain how they found a place in Michigan.   Lectures sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council.


January 18: Southeast Michigan is home to one of the largest Arab-American communities in the U.S.  Presenter Janice Freij, Curator of Education from the Arab American National Museum, will share the story of her family’s immigration from Lebanon.


February 15: Anthropologist and historian Dr. Willie McKether, from the University of Toledo, has collected the oral histories of African Americans who migrated from the south to find jobs and homes in Detroit, Flint and Saginaw.  Join him and hear their stories.


March 21:  Padma Kuppa was born in India, raised in New York and educated in both countries.  Her story is one of the 20th century immigration and learning to balance identities as an Indo-Hindu-American.  She is the Outreach Chair from the Bharatiya Temple & member of the Executive Council from the Hindu American Foundation.


April 18: Mary Kamidoi and her family were place in a Japanese Internment Camp when she was 11 years old.  She is now an officer of the Japanese American Citizens League in Michigan.


May 16: Marius Sidau grew up in northwest Romania where village life and old traditions flourished.  He arrived in the United States six years ago and is now a Cultural Anthropologist.


Fee $5 at the door and reservations are not required.   Lectures are free to all THS members.  Presentations begin at 7:30 pm and refreshments will be served.   


The Troy Historic Village is located at 60 W. Wattles just west of Livernois.  For more information, please call 248-524-3570.