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Thursday October 6, 2011

Nation’s First Comprehensive Online Immigrant Oral History Project Launches Today

Nation’s First Comprehensive Online Immigrant Oral History Project Launches Today

Photo: Immigrant Archive Project Launches

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The Immigrant Archive Project (IAP) and Farmers Insurance will host a special presentation featuring the stories of struggle and triumph of some of Southern California’s most successful immigrants during a special media event to be held today at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in the Historical El Pueblo de Los Angeles district, across from historic Olvera Street.

Established in 2008, the Immigrant Archive Project is dedicated to preserving the struggles, dreams, and accomplishments of America’s immigrants from around the world.  Over 300 videos feature subjects ranging from ages 7 to 95 telling their stories in their own words; videos are recorded at no cost.

Some of the newest immigrant stories to be unveiled will include those featuring Giselle Acevedo of Costa Rica who now leads one of the nation’s most celebrated organizations dedicated to children; the honorable Jose Huizar who is the first Mexican immigrant elected to the Los Angeles City Council; and, Naji Garabet, who immigrated from war-torn Lebanon as a youth to become district manager of the year for the nation’s third largest insurer of homes and autos.

To secure stories from a broader range of nations, Farmers and IAP will be partnering with venues across the country to host tapings. The first venue in the United States to host IAP recordings will be LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. LA Plaza will be home to these recordings in Los Angeles by hosting monthly taping events.